Flower Arranging

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We're big on flowers over here at AT. A gift to yourself, and to your house, a simple bouquet can add a touch of luxury for only a few dollars. While flower arranging is an art in Japan, here the average person just shoves 'em in a vase and hopes that nature will compensate. A few tricks, to bring your flair with flowers up a notch, after the jump...

  • Start by cutting stems. Remove all the leaves that will be below the water line. Hard stems, like roses, should be cut at at angle under running water.
  • Use warm water.Add a packet of floral preservative.
  • Let the flower's stems be your guide to choosing a vase: Choose clear glass vase for arrangements when you want to show off them off. An opaque vase is best for arrangements with unattractive stems.
  • Flowers and vase shouldn't compete: elaborate arrangements work best in a simple vase in a geometric shape. Save the complex vases for simple bouquets.
  • Experiment: line a glass cylinder with a large leaf, letting it touch the top or curl over the side. Or, fill the bottom of glass cylinder with citrus fruit.

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