Last week Studio Choo had a large wedding that needed lots of arrangements. One of the many elements within those arrangements were peaches. The problem with having a peach in an arrangement is that you can’t just throw it in the vase with the other flowers. You need to give it a stem. The easiest way to do that is to put the peach on a skewer. So that’s exactly what I did.
Things you may need if you choose to skewer peaches: skewers, a peach, and floral glue.
First, you dab a tiny amount of floral glue where you want the skewer to go. As you put the skewer in, you twist it just a bit to get the glue inside.
Voila, skewered peaches.
And you can totally eat the peaches when you’re done!
Just kidding, the floral glue isn’t edible.
Seriously, don’t eat that glue.
In case you didn’t know, magnolias aren’t steel. But I did steal a magnolia the other day.
A few weeks ago I had an discussion with a friend about whether or not it was magnolia season. Well, it is magnolia season, and they’ve been on my mind ever since then. They’re blooming on trees everywhere, especially on a few that line the street I live on. Unfortunately for my five foot self, most of the blooms rest closer to the top of very tall trees. But to my surprise I saw flower, close enough for me to reach, calling my name. As soon as I got home I got my clippers, chopped off the magnolia, and stuck it in a vase.
Nobody told me (granted I never asked) that magnolias smell terrible. I was always too short to smell them on the tree myself.
I guess that’s what I get for stealing a magnolia.
The foul smelling result of my thievery.
One thing I’ve had to do a lot of lately is processing roses. Roses are different from other flowers due to the fact that you have to remove their pesky thorns.
Le Tools. That’s “the tools” in French. Everything is fancier in French
The roses that needed to be cleaned.
The goal is to get all the thorns and lower leaves off the stem. Some florists choose to use a tool called a rose stripper. No, not a stripper named Rose, a rose stripper. However, the disadvantage of using this tool is that it literally strips the entire stem of its outer skin, leaving it exposed. While this is a more painless way to remove thorns, it’s not good for the flower in the long run. Although more time consuming, using snips (the small scissors) or a knife is a better way to cut off the thorns. Start removing at the top near the blooms, because it puts less stress on the stem. This is according to Martha Stewart, may she rest in peace. Oh, she’s still around? The last I heard she was in prison, I just assumed she didn’t make it.
Sorry, it may have been too soon for a prison joke. I love Martha, and I think she’s great on Celebrity Jeopardy.
Anyways, for the final touch, cut the roses at an angle and place them back into water.
Now you have some snazzy lookin’ roses.
Before, and after having the stems cleaned.