Cre­ate sim­ple and stylish bou­quets, but­ton­holes, gar­lands and wreaths.

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Noth­ing beats a vase full of freshly picked home­grown flow­ers, but whether you opt for a wild ram­bling cre­ation or a for­mal one, your vase can make or break it. Have a se­lec­tion of vases of vary­ing shapes, sizes and ma­te­ri­als on hand, in­clud­ing glass, metal, ce­ramic, tall, short and wide. As a rule of thumb, the length of the flower stems should be no more than one and a half to two times the height of a vase. Fill the vase three-quar­ters fill with fresh, warm wa­ter.

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