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Learn How to Create a Valentine for a Special Loved One

February brings us a day to tell our loved ones how much we love them.  That day is Valentine’s Day, February 14.  Your Valentine could be a husband or wife, a mother or father, brother or sister, son or daughter or any special friend that you care about.  So let’s get going and start creating a special Valentine!

For flowers, I have chosen red roses and miniature pink and white variegated carnations.  Most of you know that the flowers should be hydrated by cutting the ends of the stems under warm water and left to hydrate for at least 45 minutes.

For a container, I have chosen a clear glass pedestal container.  Tools and accessories include a pair of floral clippers, a pair of scissors to cut satin ribbon, a wire cutter, a spool of wire, green floral tape, small red glittered styrofoam hearts, and red satin ribbon.  Since the pedestal vase is clear, it should not have floral foam.

So let’s start creating our Valentine design.  The first thing to do is fill the pedestal container with preservative water.  Start the design by adding the stems of miniature carnations. There are eight stems of mini carnations.  Next, add the large red roses. There are six stems of large red roses.  There is no need for extra greens because the roses have plenty of beautiful leaves.  Since the vase is flared, I began by adding the 8 stems of mini carnations throughout the vase.  Next, I added the large red roses.

Now it’s time to add the accessories…five of the small red glittered hearts. This is where the wire, and the wire cutter, and floral tape come in.  The little glittered hearts don’t come with stems, so you will need to cut a piece of wire and wrap the wire with green floral tape to create stems for them.  Pierce the glittered hearts with the artificial stems that you have created and add them to the fresh flowers. Depending on the shape of the container that you use, you may need to anchor the ribbon to the container with “tacky wax.”

The empty glass pedestal is 10 inches tall.  The opening is 6 and a half inches across.  The finished height of the arrangement is 17 inches tall and the finished width is 11 inches.

I hope you will enjoy creating a Valentine for a special loved one. Happy Valentine’s Day!

by Evelyn Kinville, Behnke’s Garden Blogger

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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