Post # 1
Has anyone used tulips to make their own bouquets? There seem to be plenty of sites that will ship them for a pretty reasonable fee. My mom has been doing flower arrangements for a long time, and I was thinking of ordering the tulips from one of those online distributors. Just wondering if it takes them a while to open up, or if they wilt very quickly.
Does anybody know? Any advice would be appreciated!
Post # 3
I have heard they open very quickly when out of water. A lot of florist do not recommend working with them unless that is the look you are going for.
Post # 4
I made a bouquet from tulips I bought from whole foods. It was fine out of the water for the day – lost a few petals but nothing you’d notice. It may have helped that they were in season and local, so (I assume) fresher than might otherwise be the case.
Also, because it was just lots of all one flower, the bouquet was super-duper easy to make. I literally used masking tape and ribbon, and it took me maybe 20 minutes, and looked nice.
Post # 5
I am actually thinking about using tulips for my centerpieces — white only French tulips (those are the long ones). So the gorgeous vases I bought on sale last week from Pier 1 — I should say first that we’re having a tapas-style dinner/reception Sat. nite in June at a loft in NYC so only about six small-medium round tables and two high-boys (tables) — are about 16 inches tall (glass with a stem bottom, and just above the bottom, a shiny silver ball, followed by the glass urn). So the urn measures 10 inches high by 10 inches wide. Sooooo — my florist thinks I’ll need 40 FORTY of these tulips per vase (and I have six vases. She says $90 per “arrangement” because each tulip stem has to be wired. I dunno what I’m doing, to be honest! Just trying not to spend money like some drunken sailor. I am so lean about so much else about the flowers — just one giant arrangement for the bar, a bouquet for me (150), for my Maid/Matron of Honor (100ish) and for three BMs (75 each) and boutonniers. A lacey arch at the altar on bamboo poles (handmade by florist/me) that will be carried down the aisle by my wedding party, and lots and lots of candles (the loft has lots of track lighting on these super high ceilings and terrace – all on dimmers). So far, no adornment down the aisle. Am I nuts? Now I’m worried about what some of you are saying about tulips and freshness and opening up too fast!