Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
By the time the spring holidays begin to arrive people need a celebration. Unlike the other events, Easter doesn’t fall on the same date every year.
It’s fun to celebrate Easter. The holiday brings to mind rebirth and renewal. Traditionally white is associated with Easter, but pastel colors also seem to be very suitable. These colors are often seen in holiday bouquets and floral designs. They’re repeated in Easter baskets and spring flower pots.
Of course, everyone associates bunnies with Easter. Anything with them seems just cute. They are really the “in” thing for this holiday. Bunnies can appear on containers for floral design as well as in wicker baskets.
Baby chicks are another typical Easter and spring motif. They are probably as popular as bunnies. Both of these can be featured in floral design by various means. For example, they often appear in spring ribbons for flower arrangements. In addition, chicks may appear on the floral container. A third way they can be introduced is by way of flower picks.
Depending on how much you want to spend, there are various containers available for Easter floral designs. The cheapest are probably Easter baskets with beautiful pastel accents. In addition, you can buy lovely ceramic containers decorated with Easter themes. These are more expensive, so you would probably want to same them from year to year.
In addition to the standard floral designs, mixed arrangements using a combination of indoor foliage plants and flowers looks very nice for Easter. This idea works very well for dish gardens. In such a design, the foliage provides a beautiful background for the flowers that you choose. Usually, a minimum number of stems are needed. For example, six or so large spider mums in pastel shades would be wonderful. For such an arrangement, a wicker basket with a plastic liner is just the thing. This inner plastic container keeps the outer basket from getting wet when you water the plants, meaning our tabletops or other surfaces will remain dry and clean.
Amazingly enough, Easter ranks pretty high when it comes to the number of dollars spend on holiday floral purchases. This accounts for over one-fifth of the year’s total. So far as the actual number of total purchases, over one-third of Easter shoppers will buy cut flowers.
Looking at all the different purchases, over half of the flowering pot plants sold at this time are Easter lilies.
Easter egg mums are also generally available for this holiday. Some years ago these were featured on the Today show on NBC. These long-lasting holiday-themed plants have been a big hit in recent years.
Of the cut flowers purchased for Easter, over forty per-cent consists of mixed arrangements. Sales of carnations and roses are pretty much equal, about seven to eight percent. Most of the time women are the ones doing the Easter shopping. Less than 25% of the shoppers are men.
In addition to cut flowers, there are other materials that are suitable for Easter arrangements. Bare woody stems are often used. Willow is a favorite for this, but other recommended florals would include other woody stems as well. These make quick and easy designs. Start with a colorful flowerpot, and fill it with moss. Stick the branches into the pot. Now, place a few stems of flower and foliage into the moss around the base of the woody stems.
There’s no better way to celebrate Eater than with some flowers.