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Simple Camellia Flower Arrangement

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Need a quick brighten up for any room this winter? Use fresh camellia flowers in a simple glass jar to add color and life to a room that may feel empty after Christmas decorations have been taken down. Here’s how to create a simple camellia flower arrangement.

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Flowers that Bloom in Winter

I don’t know about where you live, but here the weather has been dreary for the past week, and it’s honestly taking its toll on my sanity. We’ve had an unusually mild fall and winter so far, but gray skies, even when it’s warmer, can still be a bummer.

The early winter season is when our camellia plants begin blooming, and it always begins with the white variety, at least in our yard. (You can see a few deep pink varieties blooming in the back.)

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Camellia blooms are so beautiful and lush that it’s difficult not to admire them, but why keep all that beauty outside? I love to bring flowers in the house, even if I occasionally bring a creepy crawly in with them. The tiny grasshopper infestation of 2014 made me hesitant to bring in hydrangea blooms this year, but I thankfully overcame that pretty quickly.

They also come in such a large variety of colors, that you can have a color burst in any room in your house. Our pink camellia bush is much smaller than the rest, but that soft pink color is perfect for Valentine’s Day.

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pink camellia blooms

And the bright pink/red variety seems to be very popular in our area. We have three of these bushes in our yard, and since they bloom a bit later than the white variety, we are able to have fresh blooms in the house for over a month. (Have camellias and want to prune them? Check out my article about How to Prune Camellia Bushes.)

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How to Trim Camellia Flowers

Camellias are fairly low maintenance; they’d have to be to survive our three-kid and two-dog lifestyle. So how do you bring them indoors?

  1. Find a bloom that’s not fully open (when the petals are starting to bend backwards), and cut 4 to 5 inches of stem below the flower with a good set of pruning shears (or kitchen shears if you’re desperate).
  2. While outside, go ahead and trim off most of the leaves, leaving just a few around the base of the flower. These leaves around the flower help them to prop against the jar or dish you place them in, and it gives a beautiful pop of green to your small arrangement.
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recently trimmed camellia blooms
  1. Once the camellia blooms are inside, use your pruners or a sharp knife to cut the stems at a 45 degree angle. This is a necessary step no matter what type of blooms you’re bringing indoors.
  2. Optional, before placing the blooms in water, you can make your own flower preservative (like the packets that come with flowers from the florist). For this, add 1 asprin (crushed), a teaspoon of sugar, and a few drops of vodka or other clear liquor to a cup of water.
  3. Next, fill a clear glass jar, or low bowl, part of the way with water and add your flower preservative.
  4. Begin adding the camellia blooms. If you realize your stems aren’t touching the water, just add more. There’s really no trick to arranging. I’ve found that four or five blooms perfectly fills the space in a pint mason jar.
  5. Change the water every 3 days to keep blooms looking their best.
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This is a perfect touch of beauty for your end tables, dining tables, or a sweet gift for a neighbor. If your camellias (or your neighbors!) are blooming, bring some in and enjoy them. If you’re interested in having a cutting garden for blooms year round, check out my post about How to Plan a Gorgeous Cutting Garden.

These camellia blooms should last for at least a week inside. You could even fancy up your jar by wrapping it in seasonal ribbon or a wide wrap of burlap. The options are endless! Enjoy!

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Simple Camellia Flower Arrangement

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Learn how to bring fresh camellia blooms indoors for a simple arrangement to brighten up any room in the house. These camellia flowers are beautiful and easy to arrange.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy

Materials

  • Fresh Camellia Blooms
  • Water
  • Glass Jar or Vase
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Asprin (optional)
  • Vodka (optional)

Tools

  • Pruning shears
  • Sharp knife

Instructions

  1. Find a bloom that's not fully open (when the petals are starting to bend backwards), and cut 4 to 5 inches of stem below the flower with a good set of pruning shears (or kitchen shears if you're desperate).
  2. While outside, go ahead and trim off most of the leaves, leaving just a few around the base of the flower. These leaves around the flower help them to prop against the jar or dish you place them in, and it gives a beautiful pop of green to your small arrangement.
  3. Once the camellia blooms are inside, use your pruners or a sharp knife to cut the stems at a 45 degree angle. This is a necessary step no matter what type of blooms you're bringing indoors.
  4. Optional, before placing the blooms in water, you can make your own flower preservative (like the packets that come with flowers from the florist). For this, add 1 asprin (crushed), a teaspoon of sugar, and a few drops of vodka or other clear liquor to a cup of water.
  5. Next, fill a clear glass jar, or low bowl, part of the way with water and add your flower preservative.
  6. Begin adding the camellia blooms. If you realize your stems aren't touching the water, just add more. There's really no trick to arranging. I've found that four or five blooms perfectly fills the space in a pint mason jar.
  7. Change the water every 3 days to keep blooms looking their best.

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