Archive | March, 2013

Easter Flower Arrangement Ideas

27 Mar

Easter Sunday Wouldn’t Be Complete Without Flowers
Easter arrangement

Easter is this Sunday Bloomies! Easter is a celebration of re-birth, of everything in bloom and growing after a long winter. Flowers are as crucial to an Easter celebration as the Easter Bunny himself. There are lots of cute flower-centric things that are “springy” and festive for the holiday, beyond Easter Lilies or plastic basket grass (unless you like those, in which case, have at it.)

Tips for Easter Flower Arrangements

Size and Shape Matter

This week I did a few spring bouquets of pale green, white, pink and lavender. Low round, oval, or rectangular arrangements are best for centerpieces on a table. Taller or wider arrangements are best for buffets, counters, or sideboards… you want to see your table mates!

Include “Easter-y” Elements

Particularly “Easter-y” items you could use to amp up the holiday theme include:

Easter Eggs

Tuck colored eggs into a basket of flowers- so sweet! See, you can get past your plastic “grass” fascination. What a sophisticated take on the traditional Easter Basket.

BunniesShort Easter Arrangement

I have super cute rabbit cutouts I included this year. Painted dark brown, it’s reminicent of a chocolate bunny, without the melting or the calories.

Crosses

An arrangement that includes a cross or a flower covered cross would be great for a church gathering or a post church brunch.

Peeps

Seriously. Last year I used rabbit and chick peeps in all different colors, stuck them on sticks and made a fun diorama instead of having fussy, formal florals. Great for a party with lots of kids in attendance.

Hellebore

Also known as the Lenten Rose; this springtime, Northwest flower makes a simple, gorgeous arrangement all by it’s lonesome. It has no fragrance, so it’s a bonus for those allergy sufferers.

I hope this gets your flower juices flowing. Have fun and enjoy the amazing weather we’re supposed to have!

What’s In Bloom? Fave Spring Flowers to Bring the Outdoors In Right Now

20 Mar

Spring Has Sprung!

It’s finally Spring, which here in the PNW really means rain for another three months, but that’s what makes this place so green and lush in the summer.fave spring flowers

MY Favorite Spring Flowers

These are my favorite spring flowers to work with, and some of the easiest for you to find right now. They’re all springing up beautifully right now, and if you’ve planted a few bulbs or bushes over the years, your garden is probably showing signs of life.

Daffodils

This seems a little redundant, but it needs to be said that this trumpet of spring really does call in all the rest of the springtime blooms, and gives us a bright sunny yellow to look at while the drizzle continues.

Tulips

They come in almost every color and in lots of different shapes, so the tulip is one of my most oft used springtime buds. They do continue to grow, even after cutting, so they are a good flower for those who enjoy change.

Lilac

Fragrant, and beautiful, it comes in a few shades of purple/lavender and can sometimes be found in white. This one can be tricky to use as a cut flower… you need to crush the stem after cutting to allow for proper uptake of water. I love my sledge hammer for this project!

Crocus

Not really something that can be used in a cut arrangement, but as a bulb it’s festive in a potted plant container, and of course it’s always good for making Saffron!

Hyacinth

There are the big, fragrant heads of hyacinth that are fun alone or in arrangements, and then there are the little grape hyacinths… tinier, more and delicate than their large counterparts, but fun clustered together in a posey.

Daphne

This is the super fragrant lemon smelling plant that blooms this time of year: tiny four petaled pale pink flowers in clusters at the end of the stems. Again, they’re not very useful in a mixed arrangement, but their smell is incredible and I recommend having at least one on your property.

Blooming branches

All of those trees that are just about to pop or are just showing their buds are always a fantastic way to bring a little spring indoors. Cut them before they bloom and bring them inside for a fun show of nature. My faves include Forsythia (the yellow one that blooms in February) Quince (hot coral blooms on a dark burgundy stem) Plum, and Cherry.

Spring Is In The Air, Really!

quince blossoms

Are you sensing a theme? I look forward to the fragrances of spring as much as I do the colors. To see things blooming is such a relief after the dark months, but when the air is filled with fragrance it is also an early harbinger of summer.
Hope this inspires you to bring a little outside in, or get to planning for next Spring’s showcase of colors!

Great Green Blooms for St. Patrick’s Day

13 Mar

Fun Blooms in Shades of Green to Celebrate St. Patty’s Day

Bright Green Mums Close Up

Is it REALLY St Patty’s day already? For a holiday that celebrates by turning everything green — beer, bagels, even entire rivers — it seems only natural to talk about monochromatic flower arrangements.

Below are few of my favorite flowers that come in really fantastic shades of green. Tell your florist which ones you like and he or she can create a stunning monochromatic arrangement, like the one at the bottom of this post.

If you’re going the DIY route, consider the vase you want to use, the place you will use it, and texture when selecting your items. Mix three types of flowers for visual interest, or you can go with whatever suits the situation.

Have fun flowering!

Flowers Varieties that Come in Great Green Hues for Your St. Patrick’s Day Flower Arrangement

  • Spider mumsgreen arrangement for st patricks day
  • Kermit mums
  • Daisies
  • Bells of ireland
  • Calla lilies
  • Hydrangea
  • Carnations
  • Roses
  • Hypericum
  • ‘Green Trick’ Dianthus
  • Kale-
  • Antherium
  • Tulips
  • Gladiolus
  • Orchids

March Birth Month Flower: Daffodils

6 Mar

Daffodils: Spring is (Nearly) Here

Tulips bring cheer anywhere they go!

Daffodils bring cheer everywhere they go!

Happy Birthday March Bloomies!

Even though the weather seems more like December, the promise of spring is evident with the arrival of our Birthday Flower of the Month, Daffodils. They personally are one of my favorite flowers, and the ones I have in my kitchen currently even smell like honey!

The Meaning of Daffodils

As one of the earliest blooming flowers, Daffodils symbolize rebirth and fresh starts. To give someone a Daffodil is to mean “regard” or “chivalry.” Daffodils can also mean honesty and forthrightness. Some even contend that the Daffodil’s trumpet shape is a call to “toot our own horns.” What a great way to celebrate a birthday- with flowers from those who hold you in high regard, and want you sing the  song of yourself to the world!

Daffodils In Your Garden

Did you know that Daffodils came in pink varieties too?

Did you know that Daffodils came in pink varieties too?

Daffodils are among the easiest flowers to grow, and a great choice for beginner gardeners.  They are perennial bulbs, will self sow and spread, and will come up again and again for decades. Plant them in the fall for spring blooms year after year. I have learned this year that they are pretty easily transplanted, even in the middle of a growing season. I have several relocated Daffodils happily pushing up heads as I type.
There are hundreds of varieties of Daffodils available today. They come super tiny or big and showy, very fragrant or all about color.  They come in different shades of white, yellow, and pink. Even with this limited palette, the different petal and cup formations, and variations in hues, mean seemingly endless varieties.  Better Homes and Gardens has a great slideshow on 17 Top Daffodils.

Daffodil Arrangements

Daffodils and Tulips are a classic combination.

Daffodils and Tulips are a classic combination.

Daffodils are a staple of simple backyard garden arrangements. Whether in bunches in a jar, or more elaborate arrangements with other spring flowers like tulips, there’s nothing quite as cheerful as Daffodils indoors. Cut daffodil stems tend to ooze a clear goo, which is toxic to other cut flowers. Therefore it is advisable to cut them and set them in their own water for a time, then rinse the stems and add them to the other varieties you wish to use.If you want them on their own, I still recommend giving them fresh water after an hour or so, just the help them last longer and keep the water clear.

William Wordsworth on Daffodils

I leave you with a poem. Enjoy!

Daffodils

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth