Enter the flower frogs! These are glass flower frogs:
In addition to this three-part set, I have a few circular frogs in various sizes:
And it's very handy for grabbing hold of skinny-stemmed, floppy-headed flowers like hydrangeas.
Then plop in your frog:
These Japanese flower-arranging shears are great. They aren't cheap, but a good pair will last you a lifetime. I just got these sharpened at my local farmers' market, and now they are wickedly sharp! The knife-sharpener dude also straightened out the tip of the scissors, which were bent from my accidentally dropping them, point-first, onto the floor a while back.
Uh-oh! I took the above photo on my knees. When I stood up and looked at the flowers from a standing position, which is how the flowers will be viewed, I noticed a big hole in the back of the arrangement. Plus, it looked sort of...blah:
Note to Self: Always check a flower arrangement for how it looks, in place, viewed from whatever angle it's going to be seen.
This one looked Not So Good. So I added some lemon leaves from last week's arrangement:
That's better! A bit more green always seems to help. And believe me, without the frog in the vase, these hydrangeas would be heads down, tails up, all over this table. Now, they'll stay put!