Friday, March 6, 2015
Simple Ways to Display and Enjoy Spring Flowers
Hello, friends, and welcome to my blog! Has Spring "sprung" where you are, or are you still inundated with snow and stormy weather? The weather in California has been very typical in that it is very atypical. We will have rain for a week, two days of glorious sun (temperatures in the eighties), then right back again, or the same pattern vise-versa.
When we were younger and purchased our first home, I went about planting white calla lilies right away because they are my favorite flowers. Unfortunately, the guys who were maintaining the garden I have to assume didn't recognize the leaves as flowers (although I don't know how to this day), and in one afternoon, removed all of them along with the weeds. Aaargh.
As our family began to grow we said adieu, and the house became a rental property we eventually sold, but I still missed those flowers, or at least the idea of them. Again, I decided to plant callas at the second house, but just like my beautiful state, some years I have flowers, and some years, nothing. I've put to rest the notion that I will have gorgeous fresh-cut lilies year-round (only time will tell, but as Veruca Salt so petulantly [in this regard, perfectly] put it, I want it nooooowwww). Here are a couple of snaps of a lonesome lily I noticed yesterday. She's the only one I see this year thus far, but she is a beauty.
A rustic little bucket filled with bright flowers
Here, I've set the same centerpiece on my rustic outdoor table at dusk.
Notice the mood change?
as the world winds down.
Unless you're blessed with a green thumb (oh, how I wish I'd inherited that from my mom....clearly not, lol), or perfect weather for cultivating a huge, lush garden, you may have to buy grocery flowers, which I do sometimes in addition to faux. In today's post, I will share a few ideas for displaying Spring flowers from your local grocer. I hope you enjoy the post!
I'm sure most will agree, displaying flowers in a clear vase looks wonderful. If the stems are trimmed and the water is changed regularly, it is a lovely sight to appreciate all of that beauty through the glass. It also makes for a simple and wonderful centerpiece on a table. There's nothing like a fresh bouquet full of vibrant and colorful blooms to bring Spring into your home!
If you're an überbusy person like I am, keeping abreast of that task can be challenging, and you can end up with a murky, mucky mess. Here are some other ideas you may enjoy.
A Simple Vignette
This simple spring vignette is set on my antique tea cart.
plays sweetly with pretty plates
and a friendly tea kettle set on a wrought iron trivet.
I love how the flowers pull out the colors in the kettle!
A Whimsical Centerpiece
Other than Christmas, I can't think of a more whimsical time of year. To make a centerpiece indicative of this fun time of year, I used one of my favorite rattan handbags. If you choose to do this, make sure you line the bag with plastic before placing the flowers inside.
A large rattan handbag is fun,
they remind me a bit of baskets in front of those charming old bicycles,
so this centerpiece would work well in the summertime as well.
It's different than the traditional baskets you normally see this time of year, but isn't that cheerful? Perfect for tea or brunch.
If you are entertaining outdoors, the same vignette works well surrounded by nature's beauty.
Calm and soothing.....
great for a warm Spring evening; a moment to sit and listen to the rustle of trees, smell the scents on the breeze,
You could even roll out your tea tray and do the same!
From my collection:
Tea kettle, Mackenzie-Childs Flower Market, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Rustic bucket, Tai Pan Trading
Wrought Iron trivet, antique
Tea cart, antique
Gold flatware, Wallace Silversmiths Grand Duchess, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Rattan Handbag, Michael Kors
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