Arranging your Supermarket Alstroemeria in a Dollar Store Vase

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 Like most people, I LOVE having fresh flowers in my home, and one flower that I can't really get enough of lately is Alstroemeria!  Due to its inexpensive price tag, accessibility and longevity (I'm talking $4.99 for a 6 stem bouquet, can be found in most super markets, and lasts up to 2.5 weeks!!!)  In my most recent trip to the supermarket, I picked up a single bouquet and thought I'd show you all how I arrange my Alstroemeria in a Dollar Tree vase and make it look STUNNING!



"Alstroemeria, commonly called the Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Alstroemeriaceae." Wikipedia
---And this little tidbit is new to me, Peruvian Lily is much easier to say than Alstroemeria!


Typically, when I see these flowers displayed, they are in tall vases, which I believe is due to the long length of their stems, however, my favorite way to display alstroemeria is in short, fat little vases, specifically the little round glass bowls that I've picked up at the Dollar Tree.

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

And sometimes, I arrange them in a mid sized vase, depending on the impact, that I'd like the arrangement to have.

Exhibit C


Because Alstroemeria are so resilient, I don't typically use the flower food, but I did for this "how-to."



Once you've mixed up your flower food in the water . . .

  1. Grab your scotch tape
  2. Create a grid across the opening of your vase
  3. Cut your stems at an angle, ensuring that base of the flowers (where the leaves begin) rest just below the edge of the vase.
  4. Remove any excess or dead/dull leaves so they won't rest in the water, as they will cause the water to get moldy.
  5. Begin placing your flowers along the edge of the vase
  6. Fill each grid until the vase is full. The height of your stems may need to be adjusted to keep the arrangement looking full, just trim them down to your liking.




Isn't she pretty?????


But guess what?  If you add a few garden elements, she can be perfectly stunning!  I went out back and snipped some flowers from my yard.  These Astra Balloon flowers added just the right contrast to make the arrangement a little more interesting.  I snipped only 5 and stuck them in here and there.


The hearty hosta, made a great addition as well, just to provide a little more interest. I added a few around the bottom, and one in the middle.



Stunning!  Just the right touch to brighten up any room!

I hope you all are enjoying your day!

XO,
Carli

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9 comments

  1. I love those flowers! I clear out Publix everytime! Get post and I'lll have to use that scotch tape idea!

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    1. Yes, they are the bomb.com :) The tape is definitely my go-to, thanks for stopping by Alaya!

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  2. Love the added hosta touch! Excellent photography

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    1. Thank you Jamala! I have sooo much hosta, I had to find another use for it :)

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  3. Great post Carli! I love alstroemerias and like Alaya I always grab them when I see them at Publix! I love that they last forever!

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    1. yes Linda! and they're so cheap . . . err . . . reasonably priced :p

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  4. Nice Post Carli! I need to try some alstroemerias, never had any! I've been meaning to pic some up since I saw alaya's

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    1. Yes Liah, definitely give them a try, they're so hard to pass up! Can't wait to see when you do :)

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