I made my first arrangement of Spring using fresh flowers cut from the yard. I used two varieties of Daffodils, 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! Here is the finished arrangement! 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. 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. Next, I made a clean cut of all of the stems. 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. Then I started with the branches of Japanese Magnolia. The stems of the branches will help hold the other cuttings in place. Next I added the Daffodils (this picture does not have all of them in yet!)
then added my accents of Snowdrops. As the Japanese Magnolia branches began to open, the burgundy color was beautiful.
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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