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Blooms are abundant right now, so gather some for yourself or give away a bunch. Here are the supplies you need to assemble bouquets like a pro.

- BY CAT DASH

Supplies for assembling pretty bouquets

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A vase with a crowd-pleasing gingham pattern works as a centerpiec­e year-round. TO BUY: Gingham Ceramic Vase, from $19; markandgra­ham.com.

1 A REAL KEEPER

Pin frogs are the secret to securing unwieldy stems. Plant one in your vessel and your arrangemen­t will stay put. TO BUY: Flower Frog Collection, $95 for 5; floretflow­ers.com.

2 FOREVER BUDS

Array these solo as wilt proof bouquets, or mix with live blossoms for textural variety. TO BUY: Dried Flowers and Grasses, from $13; afloral.com.

3 THAT’S A WRAP

When you bring home flowers, this reusable denim tote is a clever and sustainabl­e substitute for cellophane or paper.

TO BUY: Jardin Bouquet Tote, $42; aplat.com.

4 LEAFY GREEN DIET

Prolong your foliage by adding two or three pumps of this plant food each time you refresh the water. TO BUY: Fresh Cut Flower Food, $13; cutefarms.com.

5 HYDRATION HELPER

The spout on this display worthy watering can is ideal for thirsty petals in narrow vases. TO BUY: Oasis Watering Can, $30; shopgreend­igs.com.

6 TAKE YOUR PICK

Need inspiratio­n for your bouquet? This foraging focused book includes 28 eco-friendly projects, plus care basics.

TO BUY: Field, Flower, Vase by Chelsea Fuss, $30; abramsbook­s.com.

7 LITTLE CUTIES

Sculptural porcelain bud vases give a single blossom or a few special sprigs a place to shine. TO BUY: Mini Vases, $21 each; mkporcelai­n.com.

8 SHEAR JOY

Trim stems before putting them in water to fend off drooping. These lightweigh­t, ergonomic snippers make the cut. TO BUY: Pruning Shears, $18; modsprout.com.

 ?? Photograph by Ted + Chelsea Cavanaugh ??
Photograph by Ted + Chelsea Cavanaugh
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Use the code REALSIMPLE for 15 percent off all purchases on cutefarms.com.

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