Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
With winter behind us, we can look ahead to the delights of spring. This is such a welcome change. It brings its own hues and motifs. There are many ways spring ideas can be used in our floral designs.
With Easter being early this year, the time for Easter bunnies and colorful Easter eggs is past. But, the spirit of the season continues with the early blooming flowers bearing the blessings of spring.
Consider a minimalist floral design for spring. Collect hyacinths and other bulb flowers from the garden. Keep it simple by using a matching set of glass jars, short bud vases, or matching white mugs. Gather a good handful of each type.
If you have more than one color of tulip or daffodils, keep each one in its own separate container. Arrange each bunch of stems so they form a good tight bunch.
If you have some of the very short water-lily type tulips, these look great if they’re floated in a bowl of water. Colored glass works very well for this.
Create an appealing basket arrangement for spring to hang on the door or set on a table near the front entrance. If your basket doesn’t come with its own plastic liner, either buy one or line the container with waterproof material of some sort. If this isn’t done, moisture can leak out, damaging wood and other surfaces.
Cut a piece of moist floral foam to fit the plastic insert. Another option is to use small jars or other type of waterproof container inside the basket.
Since these might tip over, fill the space around the jars with moss or other material to hold them upright. Fill the jars about 1/3 of the way with fresh
water. Now, start inserting your flowers and foliage into the foam or jars.
For baskets and other spring arrangement, pastel flowers have long been favorites. Soft pinks and lilac combine beautifully with white.
Purple and pink flowering bulbs are a superb combination for spring floral arrangements.
Green is also a wonderful color for spring. This is an ideal time to include some containers of wheat grass. It is very easy to create a grass centerpiece once you’ve found a suitable container. Just take a flat or large pot of wheat grass and cut out a piece of the grass to fit the container you’ve chosen. For extra color, add some short stems of flowering bulbs among the grass. This grass can be purchased, or you can grow your own. Wheat seeds germinate very quickly. Your pot of wheat grass will be ready to use within a couple weeks.
Forced stems from flowering trees and shrubs are also very popular for the spring. These can include the flowering peach and other ornamentals as well as fruit trees with apple blossoms being an example.
For a spring wreath, start with a bleached grapevine wreath form. Cover it with pastel spring blossoms, such as those from spring bulbs, and bows in soft spring colors. This would be a good project if you entertain. It could be hung on a mantle or door, or even used as a centerpiece. If creating this wreath for an event, avoid doing this too early. The flowers will tend to wilt within a few days as they have no source of moisture.