Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Spring Arrangement

I made my first arrangement of Spring using fresh flowers cut from the yard. I used two varieties of Daffodils, IMG_2079 some Snowdrops, and a few branches of Japanese Magnolia. It is amazing what a difference a nice container can make. Here are the fresh cuttings stuck in a plastic cup of water!IMG_2076 Here is the finished arrangement! IMG_2113 The first thing I did was choose an appropriate container with the Goldilocks rule; not too big, not too small, but just right. I chose the medium size container. IMG_2081 Next I arranged the cuttings into a loose bouquet in my hands. For picture taking purposes, I put a rubber band around the stems like so.IMG_2086 Next, I made a clean cut of all of the stems.IMG_2088 It is possible to stop here and put the bouquet in the container, rubber band and all, then use a stem, raffia, or a ribbon to cover the rubber band. This is particularly useful if the opening of the container is too large to support the bouquet intact. I chose to remove the rubber band and then sorted the cuttings. IMG_2082 Then I started with the branches of  Japanese Magnolia. The stems of the branches will help hold the other cuttings in place.IMG_2084 Next I added the Daffodils (this picture does not have all of them in yet!)
IMG_2085 then added my accents of Snowdrops.IMG_2097 As the Japanese Magnolia branches began to open, the burgundy color was beautiful. IMG_2117
IMG_2113   This simple arrangement has brightened our kitchen table all week! Have a great first week of Spring!

I’ll be linking to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch , to Not Just a Housewife, and to Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style.

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