Spring time is just the best, isn’t it? If you haven’t already figured it out, my life has been surrounded with flowers lately, and with the season starting to ramp up, I can’t stop thinking about what I am going to do with all of these blooms. Between tulips, hyacinth and poppies, I can not contain my excitement! I am like a huge dork, I know.
I usually am all about a traditional shape when it comes to my floral arrangements. That is because I am super anal and I need symmetry in my life. I try to at least spice my traditional arrangements up with something you don’t expect like a fruit or vegetable. As I continue to work with more flowers, the more I have embraced the nature of the flower itself. What I am trying to say is instead of manipulating all my flowers to be in a perfectly symmetrical shape, I have been allowing the flower speak to me. (Just kidding, I am not that crazy) I have been trying to arrange my flowers so that they are a bit more garden looking and they have some looseness to it.
Anyways, New England weather has literally been all over the place. My allergies are a mess, one day its 60 the next day we have 6 inches of snow on the ground. This past weekend we literally went like 6 straight days with out any sunlight. I needed something to brighten up the house, and my mood, so I decided to make some pretty spring floral arrangements. I made two arrangements, one with traditional shape but with a pop of color and another arrangement that is more traditional in color but looser looking in shape.
Garden Fresh Spring Floral Arrangement
- Galvanized vase
- Floral Sheers
- Flowers: Hyacinth, Tulips, Gerbera Daises
I knew I needed to have a traditional pastel/spring colored arrangement. This arrangement was super easy to make. I started with the flowers that I had the most of to make a holding device. A holding device is literally exactly what it sounds like, something to hold your flowers. I am sure you have seen people use tape strips in a checkered pattern on the mouth of a large vase. They do this to make a holding device so that when you stick your stem in the arrangement, it will stay where you want. The same goes when you put a ton of stems in a vase. Typically you would start with your greens and intertwine your stems around each other. Since I didn’t use any greens for this arrangement, I used my tulips to create a holding device for the other flowers.
So once I had all my tulips in the vase, I started to add the rest of my flowers. I added the hyacinth to the parameter of the vase because they have a lot of blossoms to each stem. For it to really open up to the beautiful flower it is, it needs a bit of space. Plus, hyacinth usually aren’t tremendously long in length, so I didn’t have much of a choice. I then added the daisies to where ever I kind of wanted. It was really simple to make! The best part: you could easily get all these flowers at your local grocery store!
Floral Veggie Bowl
- Fish bowl shaped vase
- Floral shears
- Floral wire
- Wire Cutters
- Vegetable of your choice (I used carrots)
- Flowers: Gerbera daisies, alstroemeria, tulips, daffodils, mini carnations, bear grass, greens
There are a lot of different ways you can make arrangements and bouquets. For this one, I used some floral wire to keep the flowers nice and tight so that when I attached the carrots I would have a clean round of stems.
I started first by cutting a few pieces of wires so I had them on hand.
Start with a small bunch of flowers and manipulate them to the shape that you want. I basically made a small bouquet. Using the wire, I wrapped it around the stems in order for the bouquet to stay together tightly.
I repeated this twice more making the bouquet larger each time. I then made a collar around the flower bouquet with my greens and wired those as well.
Olivia was super fascinated with these flowers. Notice that spoon in her hand. This was just prior to her attempting to spoon water from the flower bowl into her mouth.
The next step was to trim your stems so that your arrangement fits perfecting in your bowl. In order to attach the carrots, you first have to thread wire into each individual carrot. You are then going to attach the wired carrot to 1 or 2 stems just underneath the flower line. Twist the wire and tuck it into the bouquet. Continue until you have covered the entire bouquet. This is a great idea to disguise the stems from your arrangement! The finishing touch was fitting some loops of bear grass into the arrangement. It is just as easy as it looks.
Olivia just NEEDED to make it in the photos!
I decided not to use floral foam with this arrangement because I wanted my flowers to last as long as possible. With carrots in the water, the flowers could go bad a bit sooner and that is why I simply wired them to the bouquet. I kept the carrots in while I had guests over and after a day took them out so that all my flowers could continue to bloom!