Thank you to California Grown for encouraging me to connect with California growers and encouraging California consumers to “Choose California Grown” when they can.
I live in Southern California, so I’m familiar with the “California Grown” blue license plate logo. I know that they grow delish produce. (I eat avocado every morning instead of butter on my toast.)
However, it did not occur to me that fresh cut flowers are part of the California Grown agricultural products. I was super excited to get to participate in this promotion because I loooooove fresh flowers. (Who doesn’t, right?)
Going forward, if I don’t see the California Grown label, I’m going to ask for it, or at least find out which products were grown here in Cali. I really like the idea of supporting one’s local economy whenever possible. Just as I would try to buy handmade from etsy shops or local artisans, so too would I want to buy local produce. It helps local economies, of course, but I think it ultimately ends up being less expensive for the consumer as well.
This is the farm my flowers came from.
I received a beautifully wrapped package of long stemmed roses. They were gorgeous!
I had six light pink and six dark pink roses. I know they were long stemmed, and if I wasn’t weird I would have left them that way… (But I am weird and I had a pretty mercury glass pedestal bowl that I wanted to use for the arrangement.)
I took some floral foam and cut it to fit my bowl. After wedging it in there, I filled the bowl with water and let it soak into the foam. Some people say you should soak the foam in water first, then place it in your container. That just seems like an unnecessary step to me…
Next I added lengths of ivy and cut hydrangeas from my yard, and beaded pears that I cannibalized from some floral picks I had. (Never underestimate the contents of your own backyard to enhance your floral arrangements.) Once those items were in place, I started filling in with the beautiful, California Grown roses.
Super easy, super pretty, and locally grown. Can’t get much better than that, right?