The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

An easy floral arrangement. (Using California Grown roses…)

Thank you to California Grown for encouraging me to connect with California growers and encouraging California consumers to “Choose California Grown” when they can.

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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?)

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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!

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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.)

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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.
Ta-Da!

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Super easy, super pretty, and locally grown.  Can’t get much better than that, right?

Thank you again to California Grown for sponsoring this blog post. Please click here to learn more about all of California Grown growers. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions are my own. #CleverCAGrown #spon

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10 Comments

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SueAnn said...

November 30, 2011 at 2:19 pm
Oooo! I love the fresh flowers!! Such a beautiful arrangement!
Hugs
SueAnn
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Richella said...

November 30, 2011 at 4:17 pm
A gorgeous arrangement, Vivienne! And I think it's great for you to support local growers. I'm excited to have a Christmas tree grown in North Carolina.

You've hit on what I believe to be the MOST important principle for flower arranging: cut those stems. You want long stems only if you have a super-tall vase, if you ask me. Flowers are delivered with long stems so they'll be the most versatile, but they should be cut so that no stem shows above the container. And your footed bowl is just perfect for your arrangement! Beautiful.
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MiMi said...

November 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm
So pretty! I want some flowers.
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~ Laura said...

November 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm
Oooohhh, my favorite type of arrangement!! It's so lush and beautiful and reminds me of vintage arrangements!! Love it!! The greenery you added truly make it lovely.

I'm a HUGE local anything supporter. Especially California!! It's hard enough to be a small business here when times are good, let alone making it when things are the way they are these days. We have a small business and so I'm way too familiar with all the taxes and fees you need to pay here.

I did not know about California flowers, though!! I'm definitely going to make sure I verify before I buy in the future!! Great post!!
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Holly Lefevre said...

November 30, 2011 at 5:27 pm
They are gorgeous...flower arranging is another talent of yours (I am waiting for my flowers! So excited!)
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Amanda Hill said...

November 30, 2011 at 5:35 pm
I wish I had better access to fresh floral! So lovely!
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Nessa @{Casa Braaflat} said...

November 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm
absolutely gorgous! and i am all for supporting the locals. always hit the farmers market and support local businesses.
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Impulsive Addict said...

November 30, 2011 at 11:27 pm
You just said you eat avocado on your toast. Well, I won't knock it until I try it. I like it in my salad and of course I love me some guacamole because I pretend I'm half mexican.

I LOVE fresh flowers!
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Kelly B said...

November 30, 2011 at 11:39 pm
Gorgeous! Yet another reason I miss living in CA =/
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Evelene S said...

December 1, 2011 at 1:12 am
Oh those are so pretty. I use to think buying flowers was a waste of money until I tried to grow them myself. HaHaHa! I don't have a green thumb so now I cherish those that do and will never feel they are a waste of money ever again! Live and Learn.

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