We didn't have a whole lot of flowers in the yard, and the ones we did have were not of the pick-and-use variety. I had no idea how to condition them, or even that any conditioning was needed! I wasn't enough of a green thumb to grow what I really needed, so after making a tiny arrangement or two and watching them wilt by evening, I moved on to other things.
Every year more and more flowers found their way into the yard. Suddenly, I had material to work with, and a husband who was happy to do the growing for me, and to encourage and admire my handiwork. I had picked up some tips over the years about how to treat different kinds of stems, so I had everything I needed to really enjoy flower arranging as a hobby.
I love to see pretty living things on the table and around the house, and Kyle loves to see me taking an interest in his "playing in the dirt". Together, I think we make some pretty (and tasty) stuff!