Banana Bud Vase: Don't monkey around when it comes to keeping flowers fresh. Instead, try this fun and funky flower vase. Banana Bud Vase, $68; jonathanadler.com.
old bicycle with basket of flowers in the street of Helsinki, Finland
There is nothing like having a fresh cut bunch of beautiful flowers in your home. Flowers seem to brighten the spirits and bring a wonderful fragrance into the home. Baskets of all types are readily available and make great containers for flowers. The flowers can be formally arranged or just placed in the basket for a more casual look. This is a fun project that anyone can accomplish in no time
Step One: Start with a slightly asymmetrical base of greens. We used flowering mint. Leave some stems nice and tall so the arrangement will be taller than the pitcher. Step Two: Place your large showy blooms throughout the base of greens. We used pom pom dahlias. Play with the directions of the “face” of the flowers so they are not all looking the same way. Step Three: Finish the arrangement with a bold gesture of grass to balance the shape of the pitcher. Sprinkle little sprigs of flowering lav
Mint and Lavender + Pom-Pom Dahlias + Grass: Step 1: Start with slightly asymmetrical base of greens. We used flowering mint. Leave some stems nice & tall so the arrangement will be taller than pitcher. Step 2: Place large showy blooms throughout the base of greens. We used pom pom dahlias. Play with the directions of “face” of flowers so they are not all looking the same way. Step 3: Finish the arrangement with a bold gesture of grass to balance the shape of the pitcher. Sprinkle with lavender
Flower arrangements help to express your sense of imagination and create a refreshing atmosphere in your home. You can use vibrant flowers to enhance the appearance of your home and its surrounding. Outdoor flower arrangement can be done in different attractive types. A combination of various flowers and plants make a perfect flower arrangement.
Bird's Nest Centerpiece: • Clay dish from terra-cotta pot (we used a 12-in dish) • Long bundle raffia • Spanish moss • Scraps of ribbon, feathers & small twigs or branches • 2 pots of mini-daffodils • As many potted containers of pansies that will fit into the terra-cotta dish (we used 4) • Small brown or blue eggs (optional) [cont]
Springtime Flowers & Fruits in Footed Dish: • Footed dish • Floral oasis (available at craft or floral supply stores) • 3-in. floral sticks (available at craft or floral supply stores) • Assorted fruits: nectarines, peaches, pears, lemons & grapes • Pink ranunculus, pansies, tulips, pink hyacinth (about 2 doz. stems) • Eucalyptus or greens for filling *Directions: Soak floral oasis in a bowl of water overnight. Place floral oasis in footed dish. [cont]
Vegetables and Flowers: • Bowl or container • Floral oasis (available at craft or floral supply stores) • variety of 3-6-in. floral sticks (available at craft or floral supply stores) • Variety of vegetables including mini-artichokes, broccoli, asparagus, endive & kale • White tulips, lilacs & lilies of the valley or an assortment of your favorite white flowers *Directions: Soak your floral oasis in a bowl of water overnight. Place the floral oasis in bowl of water overnight. [cont]
Lemon Daisy Topiary: • 4 Styrofoam blocks • Box of 2-in. floral pins • Wooden skewers • 18-24 lemons • A container • Small spring flowers *Directions: Place Styrofoam blocks into container to form rectangular shape. Push a few wooden skewers through the Styrofoam to connect the blocks together. Using kitchen knife, cut the Styrofoam into cone shape. Make the cone smaller than you want the completed arrangement to look because once you add the lemons, it will be larger [cont]
• Large glass vase • 8 oranges • 6 lemons • 6 limes • Tulips *Directions: Fill vase about 3/4 to the top with the whole oranges, lemons & limes. Reserve 2 different pieces of fruit. Slice reserved pieces of fruit & slide them down into the inside edge of the glass. To push fruit slices to the bottom, use the handle of a wooden spoon. Fill vase to top with water. Place stems of the tulips in the center of the vase (The fruit will help anchor the flowers.)
Asparagus Arrangement: • Small can • Spring asparagus (approximately one pound if using a 32-ounce can) • 2 strong rubber bands • Raffia • Pansies & grape hyacinth or your favorite flowers (1dozen total) *Directions: Place 2 strong rubber bands around the center of the can & insert the asparagus stalks inside the bands. Use raffia to cover the rubber bands. Fill 3/4 of can with water & place the long stems of the pansies around the edges so they meet with the asparagus tips.
Edible-Flowers Kit: Skip the garden-variety box of chocolates. Instead, charm an epicure with a trio of flowers that can top spring salads. The kit includes seeds for lemon pansies, nasturtiums, and violas. To buy: $55.96, redenvelope.com.