When the first tiny vibrant confetti blooms of forsythia appear along with the delicate Bradford Pear, plum, and cherry blooms of the season, I just naturally get inspired to start bringing some of this grandeur inside. While at the same time, all of the new garden center additions, give me inspiration to start redoing garden containers, forlorn and neglected from the winter months. Even though the last of the freezing temperatures may very well not be behind us, I couldn’t resist picking up a few selections at a local garden center. Delphinium, Dusty Miller, wave petunias, an orchid, and flowering kale make a beautiful spring palate..
Two of my floral design staples, Spanish moss and fresh moss, are pictured below.
I love to place annuals and perennials in containers for an instant arrangement, and of course, later plant them in the garden or in containers. Below, Oasis was soaked and placed in the bottom of a weathered iron container. Stems of cast iron plant were inserted around the periphery. Then the containers were arranged on top of the oasis with Spanish Moss placed to fill in the gaps and fresh moss was added around the edges.
Almost any container will work with these arrangement. Vintage wooden bowls, while a favorite of mine, needs to be lined with heavy plastic to protect them from moisture. Adding decorative items such as pottery or antique bottles will make your design even more appealing.
Another design using the same flowers, but with an iron planter. A few Bradford Pear branches were added to this tabletop arrangement.
This concrete planter was revitalized for spring!
Planted one week ago…
Below, the planter is pictured today. It survived at least two cold nights with temperatures in the mid-30’s and there is even some new growth!
This simple spring vignette was literally created in minutes with a beautiful orchid, Calla Lily, Dusty Miller, fresh moss, and McCarty pottery birds. The wooden container was a mark down at Target several years ago..
The floral vignettes below capture the true essence of spring. Amassed in varying heights in glass and crystal vases, the sprawling branches and camellias in these contemporary arrangements create an indoor garden.
My friend and skilled gardener, Judy Wise, grew this wonderful variety of camellias in her Dothan garden. The Forsythia and plum branches came from the garden of Rhoda Webber. I am blessed to friends with lovely gardens who share the fruits of their gardening with me.
Nothing says “spring” like a simple arrangement of Forsythia in an entry way! Look around your yard and neighborhood to find branches from flowering ornamental trees to bring beauty, charm, and character to your home during this season of rebirth..
“But each spring . . . a gardening instinct, sure as the sap rising in the trees, stirs within us. We look about and decide to tame another little bit of ground.” – Lewis Gantt