Flower and Fruit Bouquet Arrangement | At Home With P. Allen Smith

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You know, fresh flowers can bring a room to life as well as a table, particularly if you're
having a little dinner party. What I'm doing here is I'm not only using fresh flowers,
but I'm going to use fresh fruit to make a very unique arrangement. Now, these are some
beautiful lilies, with a bright and happy color yellow. And then, I'm going to integrate
some of these hydrangeas. But then, the real kicker will be these stems of blueberries
that I just cut off some blueberries out in my garden. And you may go: "Well, I don't
have any blueberries! I don't have room to grow them." I'm actually growing blueberries
in containers, and I just cut off these stems. And I just wanna show you how beautiful they
can be, both in the arrangement and in the water for the arrangement. What I have here
are about 2 cups of blueberries, and just dump those in, and then I'm gonna add the
water for my arrangement. So, look at the blue color in that. Just hold it up to the
light–it's really gorgeous. Then, what I've done is I've sort of precut these stems. And
what I'm doing is I'm integrating five stems of the yellow lily, four stems of the hydrangea,
and then I'm gonna take these stems of blueberries and work them in, just like this. And what
I want you to notice is this sort of color echo going on–you have these blueberries,
which aren't ripe, they're sorta chartreuse in color, and they work so beautifully with
these hydrangeas. And then, you're gonna get the color echo of the blue, here, on the stems,
and the blueberries in the vase. And then you just ease the bouquet in here. What you
want to do is you don't want to mash the berries. You just want the stems to gently fall in
there, like that. And then, you do just a little bit of adjusting. And now, you have
a beautiful centerpiece. So see, arranging flowers and fruit together can really create
a beautiful and unique arrangement. And, you know, blueberries are easy to grow. You wanna
make sure you have two different varieties for pollination and this kind of fruit set.
Just look at all those gorgeous berries. And here's the only sad thing about it–is that
when you cut these blueberries, you often get some that aren't ripened, and you can't
eat them. But hey, when you're growing your own blueberries, you'll have tons to use to
eat and give to friends and use them in flower arrangements as well. If you're enjoying these
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