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We survived the last few days of sub-zero temperatures here in the Twin Cities. Brrrrr! This time of year has me craving spring. Fresh flowers help me fill that craving in the deep winter.
I am trying to be better this year about picking up some fresh flowers every week. Flowers can perk up any room or the gloomiest of winter days. This week I picked up Alstroemeria in red and dark pink.
Carnations and daisies get all the press as the best bang-for-your-buck flowers, but my favorite is Alstroemeria. I worked as a florist in two different flower shops during college and learned my fair share about all kinds of flowers. I found Alstroemeria to be one of the longest lasting cut flowers. They are usually used as a filler flower with other larger blooms, but I think they look stunning on their own. Alstroemeria is a type of lily, also known as the Peruvian Lily, and each stem has multiple blooms.
I have had this $7 HomeGoods clearance wood trough as the centerpiece on my kitchen table for months. I daydreamed of filling it with flowers, but I don’t like stuffy arrangements that need floral foam. I prefer more natural looking arrangements.
I ended up putting 4 juice glasses inside the trough. I filled each with water/flower food mixture. I cut each Alstroemeria stem short, so just the blooms stuck up above the top of the trough. I packed them in to make a nice full look.
My favorite thing about Alstroemeria is how long they last and they get better looking over time. They are pretty closed blooms when you buy them. A week later they are full blooming beauties. They usually last 2 weeks.
I love my blooming window-box-like flower centerpiece. The best part…this whole arrangement was $8. I bought two bunches of Alstroemeria at Trader Joes for $3.99 each. Every meal we eat in the kitchen feels fancier now.