Looking Forward to Spring with Casual Arrangements

This is a tale of four vases, eagerly waiting to usher in spring!  (Aren’t we all…?)  The four vases that volunteered to serve range in size and shape and are made of various materials.  I, of course, offered to find appropriate flowers that would enhance the beauty of each vase.

My choice for flowers were variegated yellow and white iris, red tulips with yellow “fringed” edges, and just-budding twigs as accents. The choice of red and yellow flowers seemed perfect to reflect the promise of spring warmth, especially when coupled with budding twigs that will eventually burst into tiny growing leaves.

The choice of an airy, open style of each design is intentional.  It is meant to remind you that enjoying flowers in your home can be a very casual and rewarding experience…one in which you enjoy selecting a vase and the appropriate flowers for your home.

For the first very casual design, I have chosen to use a classic blue and white Delft Pitcher with a pewter lid.  The pitcher is about 10.5” tall and the opening is 4.5” in diameter.  To remain true to the classic theme of Delft, yellow flowers are the perfect choice.  The ten yellow and white variegated irises were very tall!  So I cut them all to about 22” in length and placed them in the pitcher, adding a few somewhat taller twigs. The only real design work that I did was to “fan” the iris out to the sides. The finished height of the design is about 24” tall.

The next vase to hold a casual design is a flared, creamy yellow ceramic vase (somewhat cone-shaped).  It stands about 8” tall and has an opening of 5.5” in diameter.  Its shape allows it to hold the ten yellow and white iris and ten red tulips with yellow fringed edges.  Again, the combined iris and tulips are flared out to the sides.  The tulips have shorter stems, and the darker color dictates that they should be placed lower in the design.  It is important to remember that tulips will continue to grow and the stems will straighten out as they grow!  The finished height of the design is about 18”.

Next is a clear glass flared trumpet vase which holds the red/yellow fringed tulips.  The glass trumpet is about 10” tall and the flared top is about 6.5”.  I have shaped a supple twig into a ring that is wedged into the bottom of the trumpet to help hold the ten tulips in place.  I have added tall twigs at the top to add to the airy look.  Please remember that tulips continue to grow.  Although their stems appear very curved and “artsy” in the photo, they will straighten as they grow.

The last vase “to present” is a pewter vase about 5.5” tall with a 4.5” opening.  It is filled with the ten fringed tulips that have been cut much shorter.  Because the vase is metal, I have a small plastic liner inside the vase.  Metal vases release metallic ions into the water which reduce the lasting time of the flowers.  The short tulips are clustered tightly for a very charming look.  The finished arrangement is about 9.5” tall.

I hope that you will choose your favorite and try an early spring design of your own.  Would you care to guess which one is my favorite?  Believe it or not, it is the petite pewter vase filled with tulips!

by Evelyn Kinville, Behnke’s Garden Blogger

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