Winter Blues1—The Rittners School of Floral Design, BostonMany folks get the “winter blues.” The condition is so prevalent that it even has a name: Seasonal Affective Disorder. Researchers argue as to its cause and treatment. Some suggest it has something to do with light. Others argue a genetic predisposition. Flowers have an amazing ability to reduce depression and make people feel happier. Regardless of the cause, it makes sense that a relatively easy and pleasant way to combat the winter blues is to have flowers both at home and at work. But how can you have flowers constantly around you and do it economically? The answer is simple. Bud vase designs. Great for the do-it-yourselfer, or easy to buy completed from your local florist.

You can’t go wrong with the traditional bud vase

The traditional bud vase solution is still quite viable. Take a container and drop in a flower or two. Accompany with a little foliage if you wish. Easy to buy from your local floral outlet. These are very affordable, and quick and easy to maintain. You can buy single flower stems, multiple stems of one item, or little mixed bunches. Keep them at your desk or workstation, as well as on your kitchen counter.

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Colors that feel warm and inviting in the middle of the winter can make great visual impact. It becomes the flower equivalent of that warm and inviting fire in the fireplace! Try bright yellows, oranges, reds or pastels. Of course you can always use flowers that feel ‘seasonally appropriate’ or flower colors that complement or contrast with colors in your surroundings. Don’t worry about making “mistakes.” Any botanicals will create ambience.

Experiment with small containers

There is an entire genre of containers that are called “bud vases.” They are intended to hold a few flowers. But who said that we have to be “purists” and limit ourselves to those traditional bases? Go wild! Expand your view and use any  small container for these smaller designs with great results.

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Grouping containers can be fun

Mix more than one container together, and vary the flowers that are in them. Then occasionally change the placement sequence. It will make your flower use feel different from day to day


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In cold weather areas, consider tropical flowers

Their presence just makes you feel like you are in an exotic place. And the cost is much less than that vacation!

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Jazz up your bud vase designs with branches

Isn’t that much more interesting than a single flower in a bottle? By following these simple tips you can have a flower presence at home and at work with a large visual impact at relatively little cost. It doesn’t get any better than that.

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What are your favorite flowers to have in your home?

Stay tuned for Part Two of more bud vase ideas!