Insta-Love Monday: Feb. 10

Emma Frankart Henterly

Let’s face it: You probably spend way too much time on Instagram, scrolling through #weddinginspo hashtags and experiencing thumb fatigue as a result. If that’s the case, we’re here to help with some local, curated content—our favorite Columbus-area Instagram posts from over the weekend.

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Let’s talk processing. If you aren’t a florist or even in the wedding community then I know you are like, “Huh?” to which I say, “Exactly!” ⠀ ⠀ The reason you have no idea what I’m talking about is because this is what happens to your flowers long before you even receive them and is a crucial step in the process. Processing flowers is when the designer receives the flowers from the wholesaler, grower, or even from their own garden and they now need to prepare and process them so they can be designed with. ⠀ ⠀ I’ll use the example of roses because they can be one of the more time consuming flowers to process. When I receive them I initially cut the bottom of the stems, leave them in their packaging and put them in a clean bucket with lukewarm water so they can rehydrate. These flowers have been traveling for a while and need to have fresh water to soak up so they will last long and look beautiful for the wedding/event day. After they have sat for about 30-45 minutes I then have to unpackage them from their packaging they were put in for shipping, then I assess whether there are any damaged stems that cannot be used. From there I strip the stems of all of their thorns and leaves so that the stems are clean for designing. This also ensures that the designer and the client do not hurt themselves on thorns or have any wet or decaying leaves (from sitting in water) they are touching or potentially getting on their clothes. ⠀ ⠀ This process usually happens early in the week as roses need time to open in order to get that garden look we all know and love. After the stems are clean the flowers get a fresh cut and are placed into a clean bucket with fresh scolding hot what. That’s right, I said HOT water. You are probably like, “Wait, what?!” When you give flowers a fresh cut and put them in hot water the veins in the stems open up and suck up the water quickly which can revive fading flowers and it also makes the flowers open up quicker. Every type of flower is different with how long it takes to open and to the appropriate amount of openness before fading. Roses are very hardy and once this process is complete they are ready for designing.

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