Hello and welcome back to Cloverhome. After a cold start to spring, we finally had some warmer weather last weekend, with temperatures reaching 20°C on Sunday! I worked in the garden, my boys climbed the trees and tried out the new hammock, and in the afternoon, we went into town to get some ice cream.
Spring has definitely sprung and more and more flowers start to bloom. This is the perfect time to use and arrange some of those beautiful flowers to bring spring into your home. Why don’t you join me and make a spring flower arrangement using tulips, anemones, and snowball viburnum?
Spring has arrived here but I know some of my Australian readers are dreading the darker days of autumn. I hope you will find some inspiration on this blog to get you through the day. Magnolia trees are blooming everywhere. It seems like they have come into bloom overnight. I wrote a blog post about the flowering trees in our neighbourhood last year, you can find it here. The cherry trees have not reached full bloom yet, but it won’t be long.
Our street is lined with daffodils, we have our own mini Keukenhof. The park Keukenhof is open every day until 16 may. If you want to see daffodils and hyacinths, now is a good time to visit. If you want to see tulips, I suggest you wait a few weeks. You can read more about tulip season and the Keukenhof in this blog post.
Today I am sharing another flower how-to from The Flower Recipe Book. Featuring over 100 floral creations, The Flower Recipe Book breaks down flower arrangements as if they were recipes: including ingredients and how-to steps. The first arrangement I made inspired by this book was a simple hyacinth and ranunculus bouquet. Because April is peak season for the tulips I chose to make an arrangement with tulips. I hope you’ll enjoy it! If you’re a tulip fan like I am, you’ll definitely want to try it out.
The right vase
I had a difficult time finding a proper vase. I wanted to use a glass vase, like the one in the book, but my glass vases were too tall for the tulips. I didn’t want to use my white jug. I love it, but I use it all the time and I wanted to use something a little more elegant for a change. I finally found this glass vase in the flower shop. I would normally never have thought of using a vase like this. It seems too small to hold all the stems. That’s the great thing about this book, it inspires you to try something new. Some ‘experts’ recommend you to avoid clear glass vases because you can see the stems through the glass. I don’t mind stems, do you? Besides, a glass vase makes it easy to check the water level so your flowers won’t run out of water.
Tulip and anemone arrangement
I made some adjustments to the tulip recipe in the book. Instead of using two tulip varieties, I used tulips and anemones. Like tulips, anemones are real spring flowers, and like tulips, they continue to grow and bend in the vase so they go well together.
The arrangement in the book is made with snowball viburnum and nasturtium vines. Viburnums are easy to grow flowering shrubs. The winter flowering viburnums are very popular in our neighbourhood, no wonder because it blooms when almost nothing else is. Snowball viburnum is sometimes mistaken for hydrangea Annabelle, but they are not part of the same family. As beautiful as the blooms are in the garden, they also make great cut flowers.
Nasturtium is a plant with vibrant yellow, orange or red flowers and almost round leaves. The flowers and leaves are edible. Its bloom time is summer and autumn, so I don’t think it’s a very suitable flower to use in a spring arrangement. I had to look for a substitute and didn’t want to buy anything else. I looked around the garden and cut some branches of a scrub, I don’t know what it’s called. It does have pretty leaves.
- 3 or 4 stems of snowball viburnum
- 10 small stems of green
- 9 stems of double tulips
- 5 stems of anemones
- Select a vase with a narrow bottom and a flared opening to allow the tulips to grow and spread.
- Place the viburnum stems so that the bottom set of leaves sit at the rim of the vase.
- Trim the greens and add them to the vase
- Trim the double tulips and place them in a horizontal line toward the top of the composition. Finally, trim and add the anemones so that the blooms sit at the highest level of the arrangement. Turn all the tulips so that they face outward.
I hope you enjoyed it! If you need more inspiration, you can buy the Flower Recipe book here:
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