23 September 2016

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 86 - Pink Snowberries and Pink Chrysanthemums

Autumn can be full of quite bright colours like these pink and white snowberries combined with strong pink chrysanthemums.

It's always a pleasure and lots of fun to buy a bunch of flowers for the weekend and this series of blog posts, called 'A Bunch for the Weekend, will show you how you can make quick and easy flower arrangements for your home. 

Buy the flowers where it's convenient and easy for you whether that is from a flower stall, farmers' market, the supermarket or a florist. 

Always try to buy seasonal flowers - they will be a lot cheaper.

Make sure you condition the flowers as soon as you get home. Remove any foliage that will end up below the waterline in the vase. Trim the ends of the stems at an angle and put in fresh water as soon as possible.

The botanical name for Snowberries is Symphoricarpos and it's a shrub with distinctive ornamental berries that appears in the late summer, early autumn. 

When any of the berries go brown - remove them by gently holding the individual berry and twist it off it's little branch. Don't pull and don't squeeze. If you do the berry will pop and make a mess. 

Look out for the gorgeous pink and white one but the all white one is also beautiful and very fresh looking. 

They last for about 7- 14 days - so good value for money.

Combine them - as I have done here, with chrysanthemums or go even more dramatic with dahlias or Amaryllis.

If the branches has thick stems you might need a pair of secateurs. Trim the stem at an angles as usual and then cut an extra vertical cut up the stem. This is to increase the surface area for the plant to take up water.  

Snowberries are only one of many autumn berries to enjoy at this time of year. Many works perfectly as cut flowers. Most of them are easy to condition, lasts for a long time and what could be better than enjoying all the gorgeous seasonal colours that is on offer.  

Enjoy your flower arranging and have a fabulous and floral Friday and a great weekend!

Thank you for visiting 'Of Spring and Summer' - I will be back On Sunday with another floral quote by someone passionate about flowers. 


~ xoxo ~

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