church flowers 

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Church flowers for weddings are more affordable if you mix in leather leaf fern.  This greenery is common in every flower shop.  It has long lasting ability and is great for stretching that flower budget.

I like to soak my bulk greens in a tepid water bath before cutting and placing in a water bucket.  Do NOT use flower food with greenery.  It doesn't really hurt them in low doses, but it can cause some greens to turn a yellow.

These greens are packed by weight, but always pay attention to the number of stems per bunch when you order in bulk.

I begin inserting the leather leaf fern, always pointing the stem towards the center and angling out in all directions.

You can see by the red lines how I plan to insert the leather leaf fern.

Don't forget to place some greenery coming straight out in the front of the arrangement.  This adds depth and dimension to your florals.

Don't forget the back.  Fill in open spaces with this inexpensive greenery so that the flowers look good from all sides.

Now you have a nicely greened base, ready for the addition of flowers.

Florist usually use a product that is called "plant polish".  Just as the name implies, greenery that comes straight from the farm has been packed in bunches and is briefly rinsed.

Hard water tends to leave the greenery with a splotchy white residue.  Leafshine gives the greens a slick shiny finish that looks so much better.

No matter what product you use, if it comes in an aerosol can you need to keep the nozzle a distance away from your greens or flowers.  The propellant used in the can is very cold and can freeze fresh flowers.

Before Leafshine, some of the greens look parched and covered with white splotches.

After spraying with Leafshine, the leaves now look sealed and polished.

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