Hannah's Flowers Behind the Scenes
Diving into the World of What Makes Hannah's Flowers
Hannah's Flowers is flower shop that thrives on crafting the most beautiful and exquisite florals with attention to detail and spreading joy through blossoms and blooms. From fresh cut flowers to preservations of floral memories and gorgeous resin jewelry, Hannah's Flowers is your one stop shop for all aspects of the floral world. Many people are unaware of what flower shops look like behind the scenes and all the different elements that come into play to create your gorgeous arrangement. We thought it was important to showcase what our days look like and the processes that unfold to put together such amazing pieces.
Cut, Clean, and Care are the fundamental '3 Cs' of processing florals prior to arranging them. This is the not so pretty and showy aspect in the world of floristry that many people might not be aware of. When we first get our florals from the truck or wholesaler, they're dry packed in plastic and haven't been in water for weeks on end. This is because they've been expediated from all over the world, via boat, plane, or both. The first step is to unpackage them all by taking them out of boxes or freeing them from their plastic packages. The next step is to put the thirsty florals into buckets of water, making sure they are sorted correctly. It is absolutely necessary to take this step into account, as only certain florals can go together. There is different bacteria from all over the world that is not meant to intermix, as it can result in harming the flower immediately. Another rule of thumb is that fillers can't be stored with flowers and must have a separate water bucket. The third step in the processing plan is to cut all the stems at a 45-degree angle, de-thorn if necessary, pull off unnecessary leaves, then put florals back into their respective bucket and into the cooler.
Florals That Need a Little Extra Care
Tulips are beautiful and unique florals that are a little bit trickier when it comes to care. Tulips require daily care including daily fresh cuts and checking to make sure that water levels are high enough in the vase. When first prepping tulips, a vertical slit needs to be below their head to prevent them for drooping. Something that a lot of people might not know about tulips, that they will continue to grow when placed in a vase arrangement. These blooming buds will spring up a good 1 to 2 inches in a day, potentially towering over other complimentary flowers.
Hydrangeas are another gorgeous flower that requires a lot of attentiveness when it comes to safeguarding their flourish. Unlike other flowers, when hydrangeas are first brought into the shop, they must be submerged upside down on their head into water. This is because hydrangeas are able to drink from both their flowers and head! This method hydrates the head and protects the flowers, which are very sensitive and a crucial step to keep the longevity of the flower. These super dramatic beauties require a fresh cut every day. When heads begin drooping, it is necessary to spray the heads with water. With proper management and correct water measures, hydrangeas should last 10 days to two weeks.
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Owner and lead floral artist at Hannah's Flowers Midland, MI