We wax poetic about our fave season pretty often around here at Farmgirl and really - can you blame us? We fall in love a little more with fall each day as the light gets a little more golden, the air gets a little crisper as we get closer and closer to honest to goodness sweater weather. Celebrate our favorite season with this cymbidium orchid and vase pairing - our ode to fall and its signature colorful explosion of foliage! Follow along below for our top tips to get your blooms from the box to a beautiful arrangement quicker than you can wiggle into your turtleneck!
Find your workspace, gather the materials listed above and unwrap the contents of your shipment. We like to save the paper the orchids came wrapped in. It will help to catch any stray trimmings and will make clean up a snap. Next, fill the vase we included in the box approximately 3/4 of the way with cool tap water. Don't forget to add the flower food!
Next, get arranging! We'll keep it short and sweet - that heavy knit rotation means you have better things to do (like hand-washing your wool)! Our most important pro tip? Add a little interest to this minimalist arrangement by staggering the heights of the stems. Create a valley with your shape by keeping the stems at the center shorter than the stems on the side. Bonus points? Keep one side a little higher than the next - this will add what we call "gesture" to your vase and will give it major design vibes.
Last, while you're arranging you may find that some of the blooms on each orchid fall below the vase line. Anything (foliage or flower) that falls below this mark is bound to end up in the vase water and eventually lead to excess bacteria buildup. Buy your blooms a few extra days by gently snapping off any blooms from the stem that don't make the height requirement!
Find a home for your handiwork in your space. To help your arrangement live its best life, we suggest a spot no closer than three feet from a sunny window. Keeping your flowers out of light and heat will ensure a longer life! Daily stem trims and water changes go a long way to extend the life of your arrangement as well. Pro Tip: Don't forget to remove any stems as they expire! Some flowers will last longer than others and removing any that go to the big compost pile in the sky sooner than others will also extend the life of its vasemates.