Bringing spring flowers indoors is a beautiful way to make the season come alive and celebrate new life. Here are some of our favorite ideas to dress up your tabletop whether you’re working with fresh cut flowers or potted bulbs.
Spring potted bulbs are popular and widely available.
When purchasing narcissi look for flower buds that are just beginning to color up. Muscari buds will have formed, still tucked in the foliage at the base of the bulb. When you set them out, avoid placing them under or over an air vent and keep them away from the fruit bowl. Ripening fruit releases small amounts of ethylene gas which can age flowers prematurely. They’ll bloom within the week.
Let your creative juices flower with potted bulbs. A grouping of small pots in brown or white paper bags on a silver tray is a contemporary look with colored eggs nestled in among them. Some groceries have brown and blue eggs available if you’re not coloring hard boiled eggs with the kids. Wrap pots in fresh pastel gingham fabric, or wrap them in burlap with brightly colored ribbon or lace. Think beyond the pot. The bulbs don’t have to stay there. Create an elegant but earthy look by pulling bulbs out of their digs and placing them in small glass vases to see their thriving roots.
When purchasing cut flower daffodils, look for them in the ‘pencil’ or ‘goose-neck’ stage when blossoms are still tight in their buds, but showing some color. If you’re planning to arrange daffodils with other cut flowers, condition them first. Their sticky sap can shorten the vase life of tulips and others. Trim the stems to their desired height and soak the flowers overnight in a clean container with about an inch of cool water. Before arranging with other flowers, remove the daffodils from the conditioning water and rinse the stems with fresh water.
Tulips also last longer when purchased with tight, unopened buds that are just beginning to color. Before arranging, cut at least one half inch from the stems diagonally using sharp scissors or a knife. One interesting fact about tulips is that they continue to grow as a cut flower, bending towards the light. If they’re placed in a window, rotate them on a daily basis to keep them more upright. Place them in clean vases and lukewarm water with a floral preservative if desired.
An eclectic mix of vases in varying clear shades and heights makes a festive and bright display filled with spring blooms in yellows and white. Showcase narcissi, tulips and hyacinths with a branch of pussy willow, forsythia, or apple blossom.
Tulips are well suited for straight tall vases and placing a vase inside a vase can be a lot fun. Line the dry outer vase for decoration only with a layer of brightly colored jelly beans, pastel foiled chocolate eggs, or marshmallow chick candies. Place your cut flowers in the inner vase. If you’re not into sweets, try carrots, asparagus or leeks for more a country garden theme.
Tea cups and egg cups make interesting vases for mini, shorter stemmed bouquets. Set a small floral ‘frog’ that fits into each cup, fill with water, and add the blooms. Even cracked blue egg shells can show-off the beauty of Mother Nature’s bloom.