This video from BetterTV shows you how to choose spring flower arrangements.
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Flowers for Spring
Audra: We know that April showers bring May flowers so now we want to know how do we pick the right flowers. You like that little rhyme and then turn them into beautiful arrangements for your own home. Well Michael Gaffney is here, he’s a founder of the New York School of Flower Design and he’s got some quick and easy tips and tricks to help you create those gorgeous bouquets just like a pro. Good to have you here Michael.
Michael: Hi good morning.
Audra: I love a man with flowers.
Michael: Thank you. All of us love the flower man.
Audra: We always talk about trends all the time on this show but when it comes to flowers are there really trends for the spring.
Michael: Always trends, always something new, the trend peonies, hydrangeas, and roses.
Michael: That’s all we’re going to request for yes. It’s on the editorial magazines you know brides pick it up, customers pick it up and that’s what they want, yeah.
Audra: That’s what they’re seeing, that’s what they want.
Michael: Spring colors maybe a little more green.
Audra: Okay. Now you guys always make it look so easy when you do this but we’re at home we’re trying to make a beautiful arrangement, do you have some tips for us.
Michael: It is easy at the New York School of Flower Design that’s what it’s all about. Professional designer’s we know the formulas. We know the math, the science, a little bit of architecture from behind and that as much creativity as you think. Here’s it is are you ready.
Audra: I’m ready.
Michael: 2 minutes, I was out reading all the magazines today in the lobby and this was in every magazine so I thought how perfect. It’s called basing and it’s basically just we’re setting with a foam base and piling in our hydrangeas. It’s in every magazine these days.
Audra: And I notice Michael you are starting from the outside, is that the proper way to do this.
Michael: Yes it’s called the lower deck, the upper deck and then we have the penthouse. It’s a copyright that I have of teaching.
Audra: Now let’s say that you’re at the grocery store and you see flowers. While you’re doing this I want to ask you a question like how do you know what’s the best flower to pick, what’s the best area see that’s gorgeous you made that look fantastic but how do you know when you are in the stores.
Michael: A couple of things, number one look at the foliage you can always tell for as far as by looking at the foliage sometimes their heads will be nice but this is will be sort wrinkling brown and sort of faded. You can tell that when you feel them.
Michael: I’m like Mr. Ripple in the grocery store. I always squeeze the flowers. But this is a pretty good idea if you have like 3 of those going on in your dining room table and this one is a traditional center, please it’s a beautiful look.
Audra: Got you.
Michael: But feel I mean it should be flushed with water and feel almost plastic.
Michael: Yeah, okay bounce back that means flowers are all water with a little color on top.
Audra: Interesting and you also mix these with roses too that’s combination I wouldn’t have thought off.
Michael: A hot trend is this kind of look over here, remember how you’ve been to weddings, I’m sure everything was up in the air.
Audra: Yes, yes.
Michael: On the towers out.
Michael: Out, in is either vintage or reproductions of collections of containers on top of the tables.
Audra: These are some pretty famous flowers here right and in the film right.
Michael: Yes it’s similar to what we did on a movie for Philips Seimore Hopkins a center piece for a wedding.
Audra: Got you.
Michael: So again we start with just a simple bouquet, how hard is that, right.
Audra: Very easy.
Michael: That’s easy and if you want to assist and have me do roses.
Michael: One at a time and we’re going to use the hydrangeas and very carefully so not to break them, feed them in.
Audra: Oh I like that. Are there rules Michael as far as like what flowers can really go with what. I mean you don’t have to tell me what they are but are there some kind of rule to this.
Michael: It’s funny as far as magazines always say as for seasonal flowers to save money and we kind of laughed New York School of Flower Design because what would a bride carry in spring but spring flowers.
Audra: Exactly before we go we have a tip or to.
Audra: Oh my God that’s beautiful.
Michael: It’s a bouquet already.
Audra: How do you keep this alive for a little bit longer?
Michael: 3 quick tips any flowers here’s a good one, whenever you have flowers that last longer put the whole bouquet upside down in water for about ½ hour drowned it. Water will enter through the surface instead of having to go. It will penetrate the entire thing and flowers will last 3 times longer.
Audra: Unfortunately we have to go but you got to stick around and show me a few more tricks this is beautiful, thank you so much. Stay with us guys we’ll be right back.