The Lenten season is one of my favorite times of the years. But, like many holidays, we all can lose focus of its real meaning. It’s easy to get caught up in the flurry of Easter egg hunts, parties, and other activities that can steal our joy in celebrating the resurrection of Christ. Over the past few weeks, I have enjoyed creating a few easy, and cost-effective ways of sharing the glorious flowers of spring with my family and others. Floral design need not be expensive or take taxing hours of labor to create aesthetically pleasing creations for your Easter celebration. I hope this post will give you inspiration as I share ideas that I have collected over the past few weeks.
A sweet friend, Michele Plagenhoef, recently arranged potted hydrangeas in an urn for a special reception, and then returned the arrangement for our enjoyment. I had fun “playing” around in the garden with it..
The hydrangeas were put in a heaving plastic liner that can be transferred to other types of containers.
Add a few Easter eggs, bunnies, and moss if desired . . .
My garden club hosted a brunch this week, and I love their ideas. Becky Hewitt added a cabbage leaf and her collection of Mississippi McCarty bunnies to the serving table while Nelda Northcutt designed tablescapes using grapevine wreaths filled with Alstroemeria and Pittosporum to represent Jesus’ crown of thorns..
This charming kitchen counter display was shared by Janet Loftin. I love the blue and yellow combination. You can never have too much McCarty pottery!
My Master Gardener friend from Atlanta, Lisa Mann, shared these spring garden treasures from her yard for an elegant sideboard design.
Easter floral design accomodates my obsession with baskets! A quick trip to a garden center will give you inspiration for endless possibilities in creating Easter baskets of your own or as a gift. They can be used on literally any surface in your home. I found vintage styled baskets at the Dollar Tree that I couldn’t resist. Grab your gloves and some potting soil and start creating. There are no hard fast rules in adding the plants – just choose a variety of annuals, green plants, and/or herbs along with some moss and you are in business..
Line baskets with plastic liners..
Choose plants for individual baskets. Good choices include small ferns, Pentas, Calla lilies, Zinnias, Begonias, Lantana, mint, Petunias, Duranta, Dianthus, Dahlberg Daisies, Kalanchoes, Alyssum, Mexican Heather, and lavender.
Remove plants from their original pots and shake off enough soil so they can easily fit into the basket.
Carefully place plants and add additional soil as needed. Finish off with decorative or fresh moss.
These can literally be completed in minutes! Add Easter colored raffia if desired to embellish your basket.
Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time. – Martin Luther