In the hot summer months, a simple floral bouquet can help make your home or nyc hotel room feel as fresh as a daisy.
Summer is in Full Bloom
Summer is in the air, and with it comes a whole new set of seasonal blooms. Hydrangeas are out in full force in the parks, and on a morning walk, you’re likely to get a whiff of anise-scented sage. Keep a special eye out for summer roses on display in gardens throughout the city, since roses are the official flower of NY State.
Although the summer months in New York are magical, the heat can become a bit much. Your usual jog through Central Park might begin to feel like a marathon, and it’s hard to stop and smell the flowers when it’s 80% humidity outside.
If it’s too hot to enjoy New York’s outdoor gardens, why not recreate them with summer blooms in the (hopefully air-conditioned) comfort of your home or spacious hotel suite? A freshly-picked bouquet can be a wonderful token of appreciation, or a simple way to liven up your kitchen, dining room, bedside or just your desk. Follow these steps to create your own majestic summer bouquet.
1. Find Your Flowers
NYC has the best of almost everything, and flowers are no exception. Although it’s summer for the rest of us, in New York’s flower district, spring is eternally in bloom. With an incredible variety of wholesale options, any flower you could possibly dream of (and a few you’ve never imagined) are sure to be available at a reasonable price. We settled on summer ramp and stock for our bouquet.
2. Choose Your Colors
When choosing the colors for your bouquet, there are a few important considerations. First of all, where will this bouquet be displayed? You’ll want to consider the pre-existing color palette of the room before you head off to the flower market.
For our summer arrangement, we decided to use white stock flowers alongside purple ramps. Choosing complementary colors is important, and as HGTV points out, utilizing a cool color like purple alongside the soft white and verdant green of the stock flowers will give the whole bouquet an almost iridescent quality.
3. Set Up Your Supplies
This part is simple. All you’ll need are your flowers, a vase, and an instrument to cut your flowers with. Scissors can be hard to come by when staying in a hotel but check the kitchen for a knife — it’ll give your flowers a beautiful crisp edge, and keep the whole bouquet looking much cleaner.
4. Cut Your Blooms
Before you cut your flowers, consider your vision. Will this be an overflowing bouquet, or a minimalistic masterpiece? Which color will be dominant, and which will act as an accent?
For our bouquet, we decided to make white our base color, and purple our accent. We love the contrast between these beautiful flowers, and we especially love the intricate curves of the stems. When you’re cutting your flowers, no need to get too fancy — simply cut the end of each stem at an angle until the flower is the desired height, and make sure to cut off any leaves that dip below the water line (to dimish bacterial growth).
5. Add Finishing Touches
Once your stems are cut and ready, you’ll be able to start arranging. Let the beauty of each flower shine through the arrangement, and be sure not to overcrowd the vase! If you have a more neutral color, like white, consider placing those flowers around the outside, allowing your accent color to fill in the rest of the space.
We've said it before, but it bears repeating: the all-important final step is to keep it simple and have fun. Be creative — with thousands of flowers at your fingertips, the sky's the limit for your beautiful bouquet.
(Image credit: Matt McDermot/flickr)