Thursday, March 9, 2017

Budget Blooms: $15 or Under


I'm super excited about coming up with the idea of Budget Blooms: A 'How to' keep fresh flowers around the house weekly, on a budget. Fresh flowers are something that I have been keeping around the new house, off and on, since we moved in last April. However, the last several months, i'd say, I've been consistently buying fresh blooms. Don't think I spend loads of money either on these flowers. I sat down and gave myself a budget to spend, a month, on flowers for this new bi-monthly series on MN, and my budget wasn't anything different than what I was already spending on flowers. It might be less in fact, because now I've limited myself to twice a month. Which is how often you will see Budget Blooms on MN. 
The concept of budget blooms is to inspire you and give you ideas on how to keep fresh flower (bouquets) around the house for $15 or under (each time), 2 X a month. Now, here's the kicker, you have to have a Trader Joe's near you because, that will be the only place I get my flowers from (and no, I am not being paid by Trader Joe's). I know of no other flower shop around The Woodlands that have good quality, cheap flowers that last for a week or longer. If your in The Woodlands and know of a cheap flower shop, please let me know. 
I'm no expert on flowers or anything, but I really love them and I have found I really love having them around the house as well. So it makes sense to incorporate Budget Blooms on MN. Seeing as I am no expert handling flowers, it will be a learning and growing exercise for you and I! I've mentioned to Mike recently that we need to get a massive, coffee table style book of gardening, so when we have a question on anything flowers, planting, pruning, trimming, etc. we can refer to that book....but the book has to be aesthetically pleasing, of course.
Even though I have no idea what i'm doing, with the exception of a couple tips and tricks I've learned along the way, I have found that I prefer having a couple small bouquets, verse one large one. Or one large one and one small one. Depending on the amount of flowers I end up with, there's so many options and possibilities when you make your own bouquets. 
I like to start by separating the flowers/stems into piles. I make one pile of each variety (if that makes sense) and lay it out in a row so I can see everything I have to work with.

After I can see everything I have, i'll decide where I want to put them in the house. Either the living room, kitchen, office, bedroom, bathroom, guest bedroom, you get the idea... That helps me figure out how many and what size bouquets I can make, and also the shape and size of the vase. With this bunch of flowers I made 1 little bouquet, and 1 med/large bouquet.  


On the med/large bouquet I procrastinated a week cutting it and getting it arranged, so it looks pretty sad in the photos!  My bad... Usually my flowers are in much better shape. I've been slacking on everything lately, I blame it on all the pollen.

 

After I made these bouquets, I thought to myself ' I could probably do better', and I will get better, with time. And I can't wait to get better, and more creative with all the varieties of flowers, color combinations, and coordinating with the seasons. I hope you will enjoy Budget Blooms as much as I am excited for it. Any gardening or floral related tips and tricks are much appreciated. It's really feeling like Spring here lately in Texas with warm and cool weather, rain showers and gorgeous sunny days. We still have 10 more days until the first day of Spring and I am looking forward to it. How about you?

 
 
Total for 2 petite bouquets (est. $3.99/each), 1 bunch Carnations (est. $3.99), 1 bunch Eucalyptus (est. $2.99) was $16.18 (est.) after tax.

Cheers loves, 

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