How to Keep Cemetery Flowers from Blowing Away
If you’re the type of person who regularly visits a loved one at a local cemetery, and you like to keep flowers on the grave, you’ve probably experienced the frustration of returning to find your flower arrangements missing. Nice flower arrangements aren’t cheap, and it’s heartbreaking to see your loved one’s headstone unadorned.
Why Your Flowers are Gone
When you arrive and the grave site to see your flowers missing, wind is the naturally assumed culprit…especially if the cemetery lies in a naturally windy location. However, there are other possibilities as to why your flowers are gone.
Your flowers might have been removed by the cemetery’s groundskeepers. If the arrangement fell, or blew off the stone, the groundskeeper may have picked it up when they came to mow the area and disposed of it. It’s also possible that you placed the flowers in a area that they need to weed eat, or mow. There’s also a possibility that your arrangement and/or placement of it, violated cemetery rules and was removed.
Sadly, your flowers could also be gone due to the work of thieves or vandals. Across the country, there has been a rise in thefts of flowers and other decorations from cemeteries. (http://www.startribune.com/today-s-grave-robbers-are-going-for-the-flowers/19340249/) Bronze vases and other items that have recycling value are the main targets, but even flowers arrangements are being stolen from graves. Many cemeteries also fall prey to vandals who destroy grave decorations for no apparent reason.
It should also be noted that if your flower arrangements are made with real flowers, it could be deer or other animals eating them.
The first step to keeping your flowers safe should always be to know and abide by your cemetery’s rules for flowers and decorations. This will eliminate the possibilities that it’s groundskeepers removing your flowers. Some cemeteries don’t have any specific regulations. If this is the case with yours, try to keep them out of areas where mowers run.
There are a lot of homemade contraptions you can use you “MacGyver” skills to create. We’ve seen lots of fishing line configurations, zip ties, and even duct tape. The downside to this method is it often ends up looking very unattractive, not working, and sometimes even damaging the grave marker.
If you prefer to have your flowers displayed in vases, there is a product out there called, “Stay in Vase Design” that will keep your flowers safe from the wind, but not some of the other culprits for missing flowers.
Headstone saddles are designed to clamp on the the top of the stone and hold your arrangement in place, but it really doesn’t take much wind to blow it away. The metal arms of the saddle aren’t strong enough to make that tight of a clamp hold.
The Best Way to Keep Cemetery Flowers from Blowing Away
The best way to prevent the loss of your flower arrangements is by securing them with a Headstone Flower Anchor. The flower anchor is designed to be used on saddle arrangements to secure them to the stone, but it could easily be used to secure a wreath, a cross, or other style of arrangements.
The anchor attached to the stone with a high-bonding tape designed to be used on masonry. It has a thin, aircraft grade wire loop, and then a clip on the other end. The clip is designed to clip on to the metal saddle, but with a little thought, and arrangement could be clipped to it, as well. Once attached to the stone, and clipped to the flowers, you have a tether that is secured to the grave marker.
This not only keeps your flowers from blowing away, but it also keeps them up off the ground, and therefore out of reach of mowers and weed whackers. The side benefit of the anchor is a thief or vandal can’t just grab your flower arrangement and take it off the stone.
When used properly, the anchor is hidden from view, but will only allow the arrangement to move a few inches. Most thieve and vandals won’t take the time to figure out why it’s not coming off the stone, and will simply move on to an easier target.
There’s nothing that can completely guarantee the safety and security of your cemetery flower arrangements, but the Headstone Flower Anchor is definitely the best option available. They only cost $9.99 plus $2.99 shipping, and quantity discounts are available. To learn more, or buy and anchor today, click here.
I’m pretty sure my arrangements are being stolen, rather than blowing away. I’m going to give this a try.
What a great idea! Thanks so much for coming up with this.
I’m so glad I ordered this anchor(s)!! I ordered 2 but found that 1 is definitely all that’s needed! Once ordered, I received the anchors super fast!! Thank you for coming up with this genius solution, no more running thru fields to catch my husband’s saddle!
I bought two headstone anchors. My parents headstone has a rough top. Needed to anchor the saddle arrangement having an anchor attach on the front and back of their tombstone. Attached very easy. Tight fit, no wires needed, extremely secure. I highly recommend these anchors. I’d recommend purchasing two if attaching a saddle arrangement or if tombstone is long.
This worked perfectly.
Thank you so much for creating this! It has saved me a lot of money and headaches.
Great information, thanks.
We do offer wholesale pricing and sell through some local florists. We would love to sell through more!
You should sell these through local florists. I’m sure they would love them.
I’m so glad I found your anchor. It’s saved me a lot of money in lost saddles!
I’m really impressed with my anchors.
It takes 30lbs of force per square inch to shear off the tape that’s on the bottom of the anchor. At that level of wind, the flowers would be completely destroyed and the headstone would probably be blown over.
I used these to hang a wreath on my dad’s monument. They work great and are completely hidden behind the wreath.
How high of a wind can they hold on through?
That’s a great idea! They could also be used to secure toys to a headstone.
I bought an anchor and use it to attach balloons to my son’s tombstone on his birthday and other special occasions.
Just wanted to let everyone know that I bought two of these anchors over 2 years ago, and haven’t lost a flower arrangement since. They’re worth every penny.
This is just what I’ve been looking for!
I’m buying two anchors right now.
Unfortunately, I don’t know of any devices that would prevent theft from a vase. Flowers for Cemeteries has a device that keeps flowers from blowing away, which can be found here: Stay in the Vase However, a person would still be able to pull them out of the vase.
I have had several flower arrangements stolen from the vase on my son’s grave. I am currently wiring the styrofoam cone to the bottom of the granite vase that is attached to the headstone.
Any suggestions or devices that would be easier to use?
I bought one of these anchors about a year ago and haven’t lost any flowers since.
We are currently working on an idea to fill this need. In the mean time, good, tight fitting floral foam is probably your best option.
Any recommendations if I want to make/leave a simple arrangement to go inside the vase that’s attached to the grave marker (for keeping flowers in place inside the vase and safe from wind)?
This thing has saved me alot of lost flowers.
If you’re in a windy area this thing is gold!
Yes it will. The key is to make sure the surface is clean and dry before sticking it to the stone.
Will it stick during freezing temperatures?
I bought two and they work great.
The anchor will adhere to the headstone better if installed when temperatures are above freezing. It’s also important to make sure the stone is clean and dry where you want to place the anchor.
Can it be installed in freezing weather?
With a rough cut top, the best option is to get two of them and adhere one to the very top of the front and back sides of the stone on the smooth surfaces. They will still be hidden under the flower arrangement, but it will make it doubly difficult for someone to steal your saddles.
I’ve had two saddles stolen in the past two years and have been wondering if I should even bother anymore. Oddly enough, only the Christmas saddles have been taken, the Spring and Fall ones remain until I remove them. These are for my Dads’ stone and the top is rough cut, not smooth. Will your anchor work on this type of headstone?
I bought 2 of these anchors for my parents’ headstones, and they worked like a charm! Thanks a lot!