The Hippo


May 28, 2020








Floral arrangement by Judy Pyszka at Chalifour’s. Kelly Sennott photo.

Make your own bouquet

Here are some local venues where you can buy flowers by the stem to make your own arrangement. Call each for details.
Anne’s Florals & Gifts, 142 Lowell Road, Hudson, 889-9903,
Apotheca, 24 Main St., Goffstown, 497-4940,
Backmann Florist, 15 W. Broadway, Derry, 432-2371,
Celeste’s Flower Barn, 300 Varney St., Manchester, 623-5835,
Chalifour’s Flowers, 46 Elm St., Manchester, 623-8844,
Cheryl’s Ultimate Bouquet Flower Shop, 64 Freetown Road, Raymond, 895-2599
Cobblestone Design Company, 89 Fort Eddy Road, Concord, 228-5980,
Cole Gardens, 430 Loudon Road, Concord, 229-0655,
• Collins Flowers, Inc., 9 Main St., Nashua, 882-2723,
• Countryside Florist, 4 Orchard View Drive, Londonderry, 432-4110,
• Crystal Orchid Florist, 45 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, 627-1925
• Delahunty Nurseries & Florist, 41 Range Road, Windham, 893-7155,
• Dixieland Florist & Gift Shop, 414 Donald St., Bedford, 669-2998,
• D McLeod Inc., 49 S. State St., Concord, 225-3721,
• Farm & Flower Market, 15 Webster St., Manchester, 625-6700
• Flower Stop, 187 Elm St., Milford, 12 Main St., Brookline, 732-0004,
• Ford Flower Co., 83 S. Broadway, Salem, 893-9955,
• Forget Me Not Flowers & Gifts, 1009 Upper City Road, Pittsfield, 435-5111,
• Fortin Gage Flowers & Gifts, 86 W. Pearl St., Nashua, 882-3371,
• Harrington Flowers, 539 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 437-4030,
• J. Stewart’s Flower Shoppe, 224 N. Broadway, Salem, 893-4578,
Jacques Flower Shop, 712 Mast Road, Manchester, 625-5155,
• Kreative Flowers & Gifts, 114 Dover Road, Chichester, 961-0188, 
• Labow Florist & Gift Shop, 391 Spruce St., Manchester, 627-9592,
• Leith Flower, Plant & Gift Shop, 100 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, 382-8837,
• Manchester Flower Studio, 388 Wilson St., Manchester, 669-6060,
• Marshall’s Florist & Gifts, 151 King St., Boscawen, 796-2272
• Nicole’s Greenhouse & Florist, 91 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke, 228-8294,
• Paisley Floral Design Studio, 2107 River Road, Manchester, 493-8386,
• PJ’s Flowers & Weddings, 176 Route 101, Unit B3, Bedford, 471-3411,
• Rimmon Heights Florist, 150 Kelley St., Manchester, 935-9485,
• The Garden Party Floral Boutique, 111 Union Square, Milford, 249-9809,
• Wisteria Flower Shoppe, 22 E. Broadway, Derry, 434-4600,

Up your flower game
Tips to make a personalized arrangement

By Kelly Sennott

 Floral arrangements and Valentine’s Day go hand in hand, but you don’t have to rely on what’s packaged at the supermarket (or gift store, or flower shop) for your special someone. 

The Hippo talked with Judy Pyszka from Chalifour’s Flowers of Manchester and Cara Sandford of Apotheca Flower Shoppe in Goffstown about how to make your own personal arrangement, from choosing colors and textures to maintaining your florals so they last past Feb. 14.
Why flowers
Valentine’s Day is one of the biggest holidays for florists each year, and as such, most shops will expand their selections dramatically to fill the need. 
Sandford said she thinks flowers are so popular this time of year because they express a message through various senses.
“Flowers are tangible, and yet they emote so much expression. They’re physical — you can touch them, and you can smell them, and they’re beautiful,” Sandford said. “It’s an all-encompassing expression.”
Choosing flowers
Red roses mean “I love you.” Yellow means “friendship.” Pink means “fun and happiness,” lavender means “love at first sight,” and orange or peach convey enthusiasm or desire.
At least, these are Chalifour’s definitions; Pyszka said you can find many interpretations, and the colors don’t matter quite as much as how you arrange them. 
“The different textures in the arrangement is really what adds to it,” Pyszka said. 
Most shops offer custom arrangements to incorporate certain colors or themes, but many also offer the opportunity for customers to pick their own combinations. Chalifour’s has a whole fridge full of loose flowers, and so does Apotheca.
“People have the option to pick individual stems, and I think people like having that kind of freedom, to use the flower selection like an art project,” Sandford said. “People have the option of using us to guide them through their decisions, or they can just pick whatever they want.”
Putting it together
Trending, Sandford said, are looser, bohemian arrangements.
“It’s starting to catch on in New Hampshire, but I think we’re a little slower than areas closer to the city,” Sandford said.
More important than what you choose is how and when you put it together. Stems should be back in water within one hour of purchasing. 
“It’s not something you can just leave in your car as you go back into work. It’s a fresh product,” Pyszka said.
During a recent visit, Pyszka was crafting a Valentine’s Day-themed arrangement full of greens (like seeded eucalyptus, salal and lemon leaf) and a variety of pink and red flowers. Before adding them to the vase, she wrapped lily grass around the bottom (which would hide the stems) and filled it to the top with water. She formed a grid with thin waterproof tape at the vase’s ridge to keep things in place and added the rest of the greens. 
“The greenery gives it some fullness, depending on the type of container you’re working in,” Pyszka said “The most important thing about them is that they’re going to complement the flowers. Greens have really nice textures.”
After that, in went the blossoms — roses, gerbera daisies, alstroemerias, stocks, hydrangeas, caspias and lilies.
“One other trick is to work in odds,” Pyszka said, snipping the stems and excess foliage before adding each flower to the arrangement. “Visually, it’s more pleasing to the eye for this type of design.”
Your flower choices might be influenced by the kind of vase you want to put them in — if you have a tall, linear vase, you want flowers to match. In general, arrangements should be one and a half times taller than the vase. 
“If your container is six inches tall, then you want to make it nine inches taller than the container,” Pyszka said.
After that, it’s trial and error.
“There’s no real pattern to arranging,” Pyszka said. “Floral arranging is an art.”
Make it last
You can expect flowers to last between five days and a week if you care for them, changing water daily and snipping the ends regularly.
“When you put your flowers in water, bacteria starts to build, and that is going to block where it is drinking the water. So when you give it a cut, it gives it a new, clean drinking area,” Pyszka said.
She advised using a straight blade and cutting at an angle — scissors tend to squish the ends, though woody stems might require snips instead.
In addition, keep arrangements away from heat sources.
“Don’t put them on a TV. If you have sunlight coming in through the window, don’t put them there; it will deteriorate your flower by building bacteria in the water,” Pyszka said. 

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