Although summer is the height of wedding season, more and more brides are choosing a spring wedding for their nuptials. If you’re wondering which flowers are best for your big day, here are a few suggestions: Ranunculus: These blooms are … Continue reading
Easter is such a fun time for flowers because spring showcases such amazing flowers that are only available locally, and for just a short time. After the cold and gray tones of winter, the colorful and soft pallets of spring colors are welcome. We love using these local flowers in our Easter flower arrangements. Pussy willow, anemones, ranunculus and tulips scream “Spring is here”!
The whole spring season and Easter in particular represents renewal and new life. As the first bulbs begin to burst from the soil, so too does the hope for warmer days and garden planting. We take nature’s lead and are inspired every day with spring’s bounty.
After the winter weather, the warm days and clear skies we had this weekend were a tantalizing hint that the cold will be gone for good soon – at least for the season. Sunnier skies, warmer weather and fun, outdoor activities are on our doorstep! I spot my boots on the shoe rack and long to put them away until next winter. Even though the weather hasn’t quite caught up yet (it’s getting there!) spring is here, and so are the happy colors and delightful scents of spring flowers and bulbs.
So, when you come by and pick up a bunch of these bright beauties, what do you need to know about them to keep them cheering your home longer?
Daffodils: Daffodils arranged in a vase all by themselves make for a cheery, eye-catching design. If, however, you want to arrange a bouquet with daffodils and other flowers, keep this in mind: daffodils secret a sap when their stem is cut. This does the daffodils no harm, but it will cause other flowers in the arrangement to wilt. So here’s what we do when making mixed arrangement of daffodils and other flowers: we cut the daffodils to the height we want them and put them in a separate vase of water for about an hour to allow the sap to drain. Then – without cutting their stems again – we rinse them and add them to our arrangement.
Hyacinth: With their bright colors and sweet fragrance, hyacinth are very popular. When bringing hyacinth home for a cut-flower arrangement, don’t cut the woody, bottom part of the stem if you don’t have to. This helps the hyacinth draws up water, and it will last longer this way. If you’re working with hyacinth bulbs it’s a good idea to wear gloves. The bulbs are acidic and can cause skin irritation.
Tulips: Did you know that not only do their petals open and close depending on the temperature in a room, but tulips will continue to grow a few more inches after they’re cut? This movement in the design makes for a wild and alluring arrangement.
Anemones: When arranging with this beautiful, whimsical flower keep in mind that the petals will open in the light and warmth, so while anemones are pretty hardy, despite their delicate look, keeping them in a cool area in your home will help them last longer. Anemones will also continue to grow after they are cut!
Everything is so new and fresh in the spring. It’s just wonderful! I love adding the pastel colors back into my wardrobe and seeing the early bulbs pop up in my garden. Spring also means we get some of my … Continue reading
Although tulips can be procured year-round, spring is really their time to shine. Spring makes its grand entrance as tulips begin to pop up from the ground. Here at Dandelions we carry tulips grown here in Oregon from Greengable Gardens in Philomath. Tulips have an elegant feel to them & they also appeal to those with an artistic flair. Since they continue to grow after they are cut, tulips truly becoming living art as their blossoms open and their stems elongate & curve.
Ranunculus is finally in season and we are loving have fresh, local blossoms in-store to use in our arrangements and wedding bouquets. This petite bloom comes in almost every color and likens to a perfectly open sweetheart rose or peony. Tulips and daffodils are great spring blooms but ranunculus really embody an ethereal beauty.
Don’t these look just like peonies!!
This was a cute baby shower we did flowers for. They created a “nesting” theme using the colors of the mother-to-be’s nursery: blue and brown. In addition to flowers, they created welcome kits for the guests that included a pen, items for games, advice cards, and a cookie cutter party favor. So cute!!
The food table piece was reminiscent of a spring forest- tulip & daffodil bulbs popping up from the moss and birds nests nestled in the twigs
Above Left: the “welcome kits” for guests Above Right: a super cute “bear basket” gift
The nest themed was continued in two smaller arrangements that were woodsy yet simple