I am an avid flower lover. In fact, I adore nature in all of its many lovely forms. Our home has around 60 houseplants in it currently, and our backyard garden is quite productive during the growing months, so when warmer weather hits, I usually have flowers in a few vases around our house. However, during the warmer months, I rely on cut flowers sourced from farmers’ markets, grocery stores, or indoor nurseries to fill our home with fragrant, colorful blooms. For Valentine’s Day this year, my husband ordered Terrain’s Terrain’s Fresh Ranunculus Bouquet (featuring an 80+ stem bundle of ranunculus in assorted colors) for me, and I want to share why I loved it so much with you! I think this would be the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, an anniversary, graduation, engagement party, house warming party, or for anyone who really loves flowers to show them how much they mean to you.
What I Received
The flowers I received greatly exceeded the online description, which promised about 80 stems. The flowers arrived in a box about 4 feet long and was filled with more than 115 stems, sorted by color, and nearly every single stem had 4-6 blooms. Some had as many as 7-9 blooms on a single stem, so I received at least 500 actual flowers. As you can see in the above photos, about 1/5 of the blossoms had just begun to open, while the rest remained closed, meaning that these flowers would continuously bloom for nearly 3 weeks to come, with proper care as outlined below.
Caring for Cut Ranunculus
Cut ranunculus flowers can last for weeks if cared for properly, and with the way the blooms were staggered, I had new flowers blooming for weeks. When the bunches of flowers first arrive, carefully untie them from the bunches, and cut about 2″ off the bottom of the stems using clean, sharp snips or garden scissors. Remove any excess greenery that will sit below the waterline, as this will help to keep the water cleaner. If the cut flowers are a bit wilted, don’t worry, mine perked up noticeably after a few hours in water.
Once you have trimmed off about 2″ from the bottom of each stem, which will open the stem up to draw up more water, as well as the greenery, remove any flower heads that may have been damaged in transport; mine had about 10 broken or twisted from shipment, but it still left me with dozens and dozens of beautiful blooms. Fill your container of choice with about 6″ of pure water, and arrange the flowers as you’d like. By morning on the following day, you will notice that much of the water has been soaked up by the flowers, which is perfectly normal and means that they are healthy. Add in more water as necessary.
Every two-three days, dump out the water, clean out the flower vase, and refill it with water. Before replacing your ranunculus into the vase, trim off about 1/4″ from the bottom of each stem. This will keep the stem open, allowing your flower to continue to drink easily, and will significantly extend the lifespan of your cut flowers. I did not use any flower food in mine, and they lasted for weeks, so if you don’t have any flower food, don’t worry about buying any for these, as they don’t really need it.
Of course, the flowers that bloom first will be the first to wither away after a couple of weeks, so remove them as they are replaced by newer blooms, and press them in a book or dry them out and keep the seeds to plant in your garden (which is what I’ll be doing!).
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How to Arrange Flowers
Last summer, I teamed up with Grand Hotel‘s garden team to create this fun video on quickly creating beautiful bouquets. The same principles may be applied to these flowers, whether you decide to create multiple smaller bouquets or if you’d like to create one large one. I ended up having enough flowers to make three of the size you see in the photo below. For more advice on flower arranging, check out my favorite book on the subject here.
Overall, I was tremendously pleased with these flowers, and I had so much fun photographing them. They filled so many vases that I was even able to give away a few hand-tied bouquets. These flowers are a wonderful gift for anyone in your life who loves flowers, and I know I was so happy to have received them. Terrain, which Anthropologie owns, also sells other houseplants and flowers, like this gorgeous bunch of Purple irises, Anemones, Snapdragons, Narcissus, Hellebore, Monstera Deliciosa, Arrowheads, and many more gorgeous varieties that change to reflect the seasons.
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