DIY Arrangements Using Fall Wildflowers

 

Simple Beautiful Wildflower Arrangments

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A stroll through a park, meadow or forest is a wonderful way to unwind and get in touch with the cycle of life. Blue skies and vibrant colors on an autumn will inspire you to spice up your traditional decor this year with your imagination and what you find on your walks.

The daily grind of life often smothers our creative thinking process. Creativity is often defined as using resources available to you to produce original material and ideas. While it is resourceful to use other people’s ideas, you can gain self-satisfaction from seeing your own ideas come to life.

If you live in an area with a variety of deciduous trees that change color, collect some pretty ones and take a close-up look. You will see that most are spotted, two-toned or have a “tie-dyed” look. Take a bag with you so you can pick up the best specimens. I’ll bet you can come up with a creative way to display them. Just remember that if you are going to use them in an arrangement they will dry and crumble in a day or two so be prepared to show your display right away.

Goldenrod is a prevalent wild lower across North America that showcases in the Fall. There are several varieties, and they take the rap for aggravating allergies when it is actually ragweed that is the bad guy.

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Using Goldenrod in Arrangements

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A big bouquet of goldenrod alone in a glass container makes a tasteful centerpiece. Add a ribbon of Autumn colors or designs if desired. Depending on the region where you live, the fields are rich with an assortment of Fall wildflowers. Finding and identifying them can be a fun activity as well.

Be creative as you look around your particular region. I found that leftover blackberries dried on a fading vine added interest to my bouquets along with some yellowing wild grapevine. Learn to include what is indigenous to your region.

After your walk, look around your home for glass vases, old watering cans, and other containers to creatively display your finds. Acorns seed pods, red berries, small pine cones and other natural objects can be placed in glass jars to display.

Fall Art Projects

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When I was a child we pressed our leaves between sheets of wax paper with a warm iron to help preserve them. Nowadays we can take this process a step further with clear Contact brand plastic sheeting. A great project to do with kids is to create leaf place mats for Thanksgiving.

 

Other ideas for preserved leaves include mobiles or sun catchers. Follow directions for making a mobile and use your leaf cut-outs. Purchase small suction cups at a craft store and glue to your leaf cut-outs for some unique suncatchers. How impressed your guests will be to see real leaves as sun catchers in a sunny window!

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Be Creative,Be Green

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What I have attempted to relate by sharing my projects is that by opening up to the natural resources around us we can help our creative juices flow. I have often found it satisfying to use others’ ideas as a springboard to come up with personalized projects.My projects will not look exactly like theirs because I have used my own resources. And unlike plastic decorations, natural items are mostly free and always a sustainable choice. Being a good steward to Earth is one more thing to feel good about. Happy Autumn!

You may also like this idea for a simple, sustainable wreath.

 

Flower Arranging Ideas For Tulips

How to use a Potted Tulip in a Floral Arrangement

Ahh…Spring! All our favorite perennials in the garden are blooming again! Standing like Sentries tall and straight, the tulips stand guard. Their regal helmets of polished petals are in a host of colors. It is hard to pluck a tulip from its post. The colorful little Sentry would surely be missed from guarding our flower gardens, walkways and borders.

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Tulip bulbs forced bloomed in pots are one answer to flower arranging with tulips. Enjoy potted tulips in arrangements and standing alone in Terra Cotta planters on the patio.

Potted tulips from force blooming make a lovely basket arrangement grouped with 3 to 5 other dish garden plants. Just make sure the “Sentry” isn’t out-ranked by the others. Let him be the focal point. In this arrangement notice how the small yellow Narcissus blooms compliment a tulip of the same shade. Foliage plants without blooms in complementary shades complete the set.

How To Make A Tulip Garden Basket

  • potted tulip in full bloom
  • one other blooming plant
  • 2-4 foliage plants
  • a basket
  • floral moss
  • pretty bow and floral pick

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6405535_f520Arrange the other chosen plants around the potted tulip. Use inverted plastic containers to lift them to the same height if necessary. Fill in the top of the basket with floral moss to hide the tops of the plant pots. This will help to make the arrangement more attractive. Add a pretty matching bow and floral pick like this bejeweled butterfly.

This tulip basket idea would make a great gift for Mother’s Day or any occasion. The arrangement can be enjoyed for a few days. Then separate the plants and plant them in separate pots. Place them according to the different light requirements and have several new house or patio plants to enjoy!

Easy Way To Tie-dye Flowers For Arrangements

Tie-dying Flowers

 

Tie-dye colors seem to be especially popular for roses. I have never been fond of the idea of tie-dying roses. First of all, roses are expensive. I love the deep colors of roses; the pinks like coral, deep red and yellow. Why mess with that?

To tie-dye roses,you must use white roses. White roses have a special beauty that stands for purity. I like my white roses to stay “pure and white as the driven snow”. Tie-dying roses require the stems to be split. If I were a flower, I wouldn’t want my stem to be split. It seems that would be akin to a broken back.

 

Tie-dying Spring Flowers

The process of tie-dying roses seems difficult and easy to mess up. I have found a way to tie-dye flowers that actually isn’t really tie-dying. Yellow daffodils or Jonquils and red or green food dye make the perfect combination for tie-dye colors in flowers.

There are a couple of different reason for using daffodils or jonquils. Members of the Narcissus bulb family, these flowers are often called March flowers because they bloom from January or February in temperate climates right into spring.

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Look for unique containers to display tie-dyed flowers.

The first arrangement  above is  structured. I had a colorful striped tea pitcher that showed off my larger, longer-stemmed jonquils.These are all cut and prearranged before dying.

In this arrangement, I used both daffodils and jonquils of different lengths for a more free form arrangement.

Steps for Tie-dying Spring Flowers for Arrangements

  • select vases for arrangements
  • decide on structured or free form arrangement
  • cut stems to fit arrangement
  • fit number and form of flowers to your container
  • Arrange in container and then remove
  • use Popsicle mold or any container for dying
  • add a little water to the dye
  • leave 4-6 hours, check often
  • rinse stems and use in arrangements
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Cut stems to fit arrangement
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Add a little food dye and a little water to Popsicle molds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Put different colors in the molds

 

 

 

Elegant And Easy Centerpieces For Holiday Meals

Centerpieces For Holiday Meals

Holiday meals are very special times. Friends and families gather from near and far to create long-lasting memories. Our holiday meals deserve a great table centerpiece for making brighter memories. Demanding schedules and economically challenging times are reasons for easy and inexpensive arrangements for holiday tables. I love to use sustainable items in my decorating whenever possible. Nature provides us with free beauty. Every area is different, so take a stroll through your own environment and see what you find. Here are some ideas to get you started. They are easy on your time and wallet while looking very elegant.

The Holly and the Ivy

English Ivy is a controversial plant. Some love to use it as a ground cover or as a wall climber.Others fight to get rid of it. The Old Christmas Carol the Holly and the Ivy represents the Pagan belief that The Holly is a masculine plant while The Ivy is feminine.

For this arrangement, I will have no problem obtaining cuttings of English Ivy as I have a neighbor who is not fond of it. I find a forlorn container stashed away that is perfect for the arrangement I have in mind. I place dampened floral foam inside the container. I arrange my Ivy cuttings and add pomegranates. I attach them using wooden BBQ skewers. I am pleased with the effect and add candlelight for elegance.

Bare and Beautiful

Pine Cone Centerpiece

While walking beneath the Georgia Pines, some lower branches catch my eye. They are “needle-less” but pine cones are attached. I love the way the bare branches twist and arch. Later, I display them in a tall glass vase. I cover the bottom of the vase with floral moss and add a couple sprigs of holly with nice plump red berries.

I love the natural look of the twigs and pine cones. The red holly adds just the right touch to remind me that it is the Christmas Season. It follows so closely on the heels of Thanksgiving!

Pumpkin Vase Centerpiece

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 Along the roadside brightly colored leaves of green and red catch my eye. Upon closer inspection I see that they are the late season leaves of the Oak Leaf Hydrangeas.They are so different from the withered brown of the Mop Head Hydrangeas. The delicate blue blossoms of summer have turned to a thin papery brown. Lovely! They will be the focal point of my arrangement.  I will add fall berries and other fall foliage.

                         Natural Treasures I Find On My Walk

Blinged Magnolia with Citrus

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I give a few big shiny magnolia leaves some bling with gold spray paint and add green ones for contrast. I shine a few lemons and limes with cooking oil and add all to pretty basket for a simple and very elegant holiday centerpiece.

Sustainable and Edible

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A great looking holiday centerpiece can be as simple as using fruit-sustainable and EDIBLE!  This centerpiece is created by  filling  a two-tiered glass cake stand with red pears and green grapes. Easy and Inexpensive!  It’s a good centerpiece to leave out during the day. Candles in candlesticks add elegance for mealtime.

Functional

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A functional centerpiece can be created by incorporating attractive parts of the meal into a center gathering. A healthy basket of pretty wheat bread and bottles of wine in alternating hues can nestle nicely on a wooden tray. A Holiday kitchen towel and exotic fruit such as mango and pomegranate add a touch of elegance.

Recycled Ornaments

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Taking stock of my Christmas decorations is my next task today. I find that I have some extra ball ornaments.What can I do with these? I simply place them in my tall glass container and add candles Voila! Another very easy and elegant last minute Holiday centerpiece. Virtually no preparation is needed, and you have done Earth a good turn by recycling.

Using Wildflowers in Arrangements: Variety Vs Cultivar

I love the wild or uncultivated varieties of flowers I find as I walk through the woods and fields.

Nature has blessed the woodlands, countryside, wastelands and even the desert with a host of beautiful wildflowers. In the world of botany, all plants have names with at least two parts, genus, and species. Some plants also have a cultivar or variety name. 

A variety is found in nature. A cultivar is a variety of plant that exists because of interventions by humans.  A hybrid is a cultivar that is a cross between two varieties. Some say the intervention could mean something as simple as collecting seeds. If that is true then do  the “wildflower” seeds we buy in packets from wildflowers become our cultivars?

The dictionary definition is that a wildflower is the flower of a plant that grows without cultivation. 

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Just like cultivars, many of these wildflowers are seasonal. For example, goldenrod graces the meadows only in the fall, while ox-eye daisies are pretty much gone by the end of summer. 

Identifying Wildflowers

Wildflowers are often hard often hard to identify. They will have two names. The first names the genus and the second is the species. Genus is capitalized and the species is not. Think of Genus as like a surname. The species is a given name without the capital. They also have a nickname. 

If you want to identify your wildflowers it’s best to narrow it down to the state and the part of the state,  such as Central Wisconsin, or Northern Florida. But most people just enjoy them and leave the names to the botanists.

Throughout the growing season, I love to pair the wildflowers I find with cultivars or hybrids. Here are some of the arrangements I have enjoyed. 

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Day Lilies with Assorted Wildflowers

The day lily cultivars are paired with Lathyrus latifolius, nicknamed Sweet Pea (purple), Coreopsis pubescens, nickname Star Tickweed (yellow)  and Daucus carota or Queen Anne’s Lace (white)

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Gladiolus with Assorted Wildflowers

The Queen Anne’s lace was still around when these gorgeous gladiolus were blooming. Also, in the arrangement is Asclepias or Orange Milkweed, Yellow Leaf Cup or Bear’s Foot (yellow) and Chrysanthemum leucanthemum, or Oxeye Daisy.

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Lovely Rose of Sharon with Assorted Wildflowers

As the Goldenrod comes in, some of the Queen Anne’s lace begins to fold up. They will be pretty  later on in dried arrangements. These along with some tiny purple fill-in flowers go well with Rose of Sharon blossoms. There are many varieties of Goldenrod.  This is Solidago canadenis, or Early Goldenrod. The tiny purple fill in flowers may be Verbesina alternifolia, or Ironweed. 

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 Chrysanthemums paired with Goldenrod

Different cultivars of colorful mums both large and small with Goldenrod are beautiful arrangements in the fall. This is Late Goldenrod, or Solidago Altessima.

So, we can say that wild flowers are wildflowers!

 

Rustic Centerpieces: An Arrangement That Tells A Story

A Rustic Centerpiece



 The end of summer is a special time. The last few weeks before the official arrival of fall is often the hottest part of the year. 
The soft innocence of early summer turns to a harsher beauty.
Vegetables and other annuals are frantically living out their last days as harvest time draws near. 
I love rustic flower arrangements that tell a story, and the changing of seasons is the perfect time for one. 

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Before long, the field in the photo above will look like the one in the photo below. 

My rustic centerpiece is made from wildflowers and meadow grasses, which some people think of as just weeds.

 

Ikebana is a Japanese form of floral arranging  that tells a story. The flowers used might be ragged or in a state of decay. They are paired with other flora that works with them to give a deeper meaning than Western arrangements do.
 
 Ikebana  also uses a different structure. Flowers are arranged in a formation of three lines that stand for heaven, man, and earth. 

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My rustic arrangement combines the storytelling of Ikebana with a Western world formation.
I begin by pairing budding goldenrod with Queen Anne’s lace, that delicate, lacy wildflower that blooms all summer. It gradually folds its lacy head into a cluster to bid farewell. They will eventually turn into beautiful “brownery.”

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I add meadow grasses lined with purple that will soon wither away to brown. Weeds will turn to golden puffs as they prepare to go to seed. 

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So, take an early morning or late afternoon walk in late summer and early fall and get inspired by the “weeds” around you. You never know, you might just create a rustic centerpiece worthy of a late summer wedding or other events!
For Free!

Just add a rustic vase.

Rustic Wedding Arrangements: June’s Wildflowers

Ah, June! Early summer is such a special time. Even though it’s not officially summer until around June 21st, ask anyone, anywhere. June the first is considered as summer.  The rebirth of a new season is well on its way to producing an autumn harvest. It is an excellent season to put together DIY floral arrangements for all those June weddings.

Using Summer Wildflowers in DIY Arrangements

Using summer wildflowers gives us a chance to tell a story of the growing season. Notice the wild sweet pea blossoms in this arrangement. Most blooms are fully open, but some on the same stalk are still buds.

A branch of wild grape leaves adds a touch of greenery. Tiny wild grapes speak of a season that will grow and produce. If you are planning a June wedding, or a wedding anytime this summer, think of these buds and tiny fruits as representing your budding new life.



Anyone that has only briefly visited My Creative Palette will be able to tell how much I love arranging flowers. In fact, I used my favorite pastime to begin freelance writing. My rationale was that it was easier to start writing about something that you were passionate about.

My strategy for writing worked out well, and I am still enjoying arranging flowers. I especially love using the pretty things that nature has scattered around in the fields, meadows, woodlands and wastelands.

How to Create Wild Flower Arrangements

Remember those surveys you did in math class on things like how many people prefer what flavor of ice cream? Those kinds of surveys show the wide popularity of wild flowers. In fact, wild flower seeds are a pretty hot commodity in gardening.

Many parks forbid the picking of wildflowers. I just adore the Indian paintbrush  that grow on the coast, but I wouldn’t dare pick one, as it is strictly forbidden. State agencies like to plant wildflowers along interstates, and I think those are  probably taboo as well.

Finding Wild Flowers 

Sometimes it may take a look around the neighborhood and a bit of creative thinking to come up with DIY floral arrangements using wild flowers.  It may sometimes seem difficult, especially if you live in the city.

Try taking a walk or drive  around the neighborhood. Drive out in the country and check wastelands and roadsides. A close look may find you looking at lovely wild roses, wild sweet pea, ox-eye daisies, and bunches of delicate (and hard to identify) summer wild flowers in pinks and purples.

Every area is different, and what you may find may be very different than what I find. But wildflowers are there to be found. Sometimes what is considered a common weed can be just the thing to help create a beautiful DIY arrangement fit for the finest wedding.

I love Queen Anne’s Lace, a common wildflower that is so easy to find in many locales.

Queen Anne's Lace for DIY Summer Wedding Flowers
Queen Anne’s Lace for DIY
Summer Wedding Flowers

Look at this wild roses that grow by the roadsides. They would look lovely in an arrangement for a June wedding.

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Wild Roses for DIY floral arrangment
Wild Roses for DIY floral arrangment

 

Wild sweet peas add spillage, important to balance out arrangements for a good visual effect. I have filled in the rest of my DIY wildflower arrangement with ox-eye daisies, and little delicate purple unidentified wildflowers.

A Creative Container

Rustic containers such as old watering cans and Mason jars make great containers for wild flowers. With a sharp eye and some imagination, you could create really lovely DIY arrangements for summer weddings and other events. 

 

Wild Flowers In Arrangements: Wild Daisy Flower



As Fresh as a Daisy

Have you often heard the expression ” as fresh as a daisy?” I know I have. Now I see why. I have found that the wild daisies that grace the meadows and untreated lawns sprout quickly after a spring rain. New ones continue to pop open from late spring to well into August in many climates. 

Is the Wild Daisy a Weed, Herb or Flower?

Like other flowering plants, there are literally hundreds of different species of wild daisies. All of them are very hardy, as wildflowers go. They prefer a sunny meadow or pasture yet will endure abandoned croplands or roadsides with partial shade. 

Many consider the wild daisy or ox-eye to be a pesky weed. They go to great lengths to keep their pristine lawns free of them.  It’s all a matter of perspective. But did you know that like dandelions and false dandies all parts from root to petal are edible? And they are good for you! But if the land where you get your daisies has been treated with insecticides or herbicides do not eat them!

Using Wild Daisies in Flower Arrangements

Wild daisies can be very lovely in flower arrangements. They can even be pretty enough to be used for DIY wedding flowers. They can also be used in wedding bouquets and bridal headpieces. I know, because that it what I did!

My Dad and Me On My Wedding Day

It was the year 1975. Jenny Gump later copied me when she married Forrest with bare feet and flowers in her hair.

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My Dad and me on my wedding day.

 

How to use the Wild Daisy Flower in Arrangements

The wild daisy flower can be used to make impressive floral arrangements for weddings, showers or just plain summer entertaining. There are only two rules to remember. One, get lots of them and two, pick the right container.

Wild daises can look fantastic scattered out throughout other floral arrangements. However, if you are only going to use daisies, use them prolifically. A few wild daises alone will look sad and forlorn. The more the merrier!

The right container is a must. Just as shoes and handbags go with certain outfits, so do wild daises go with containers. A delicate hand-painted urn will not go with a bunch of wild daisies. Look for more rustic containers, even an old watering can or Mason jar.

Wild Daisies in Rustic Containers

Wild Daisies Go Great in a Galvanized Vase
Wild Daisies Go Great in a Galvanized Vase

For the above arrangement, I gathered LOTS of wild daisy flowers which was NOT a problem. First I chose a vase. This galvanized vase reminded me of those big buckets.  I cut the daisies into varying lengths and literally stuffed my galvanized vase to full capacity. I placed the longer ones in the middle and secured them with floral tape. Then I filled in the vase with daisy flowers from shortest to tallest.

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A Mason jar vase for wild daisies
A Mason jar vase for wild daisies



It is hard to beat a Mason jar for a casual and informal, yet very pretty container for wild daisies. These daisies were cut to be the same general length for uniformity.  Add a pretty bow in country plaid colors and you will have a lovely, inexpensive table decorations for spring and summer events.

Get some ideas for using wildflowers with “tame” flowers. Click here.

 

Visit me here to learn how to make edible candied daisy cake toppers from real daisies.

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Rustic Centerpieces: Low Or No Cost Spring Flower Arrangements

Thrill, Fill, Spill Flower Arranging



April showers bring May flowers. Enjoy them both indoors and outdoors.  Lilacs, azaleas, wisteria and the branches of flowering shrubs and trees bloom around the same time in mid to late spring. They continue the spring floral show after Narcissus, tulips and other early bulb flowers disappear.Together, they can make stunning low or no cost spring arrangements.Use them for a spring wedding and shower-related events to cut the cost of decorating. An arrangement of spring flowers is perfect for Mother’s Day brunch and lunch tables. The thrill, fill, spill method is usually reserved for creating container gardens, but I find that the general structure works well in flower arranging also.

Make a Low or No Cost Spring Flower Arrangement

To make a spring flower arrangement using the thrill, fill, spill method, you will need: an interesting vase 

  • floral foam
  • floral wire and tape
  • floral stakes ( I used wooden skewers)
  • assorted spring flowers (suggested list below)

For my arrangement, I used an old washstand pitcher from Russia that was slightly broken but repaired. The painted-on pastel flowers made it a great vase for my spring flower arrangement.

Flowers I used for my spring flower arrangement:

    • lilacs
  • pink and white azaleas
  • flowering cherry tree blossoms
  • wisteria
  • young grape vine

Steps for Thrill, Fill, Spill  Flower Arrangement:

First, place some floral foam in the bottom of a vase. Pick one to three flowers as the focal point or the “thrill.’ I used a stem of two lilacs. I anchored the stem to the skewer with floral wire and inserted it, pointed side down into the floral foam. 009 Next, I filled in around the lilacs with pink and white azaleas. I broke the azaleas off of the branches and wired them to the skewers. This gave me more control over the form of the arrangement. 010 Wrapping with floral tape gave  a neat finish. 015 I followed the same procedure with my flowering wild cherry tree blossoms, filling in behind the azaleas to add some height. The azaleas and flowering cherry completed the “fill” of my arrangement. 017 Drooping wisteria and fresh young grape vine made the perfect “spill” for my spring flower arrangement. 020 A spring flower arrangement also makes a welcome site on a veranda, porch or patio.

Where to Find Flowers?

Keeping the thrill, spill, fill flower arranging technique in mind, use your flowering shrubs and trees easily in arrangements by using the skewers as stems method.Check with neighbors, parks and locations around the neighborhood. Some flowers, such as wild dogwood can be found growing wild. Wild grape vines also grow in the wild, and can really add to the”spill”in a dramatic way.Wisteria,also a great spill flower grows on trees on empty lots. Most people don’t mind sharing a few flowers. I got my lilacs and pink azaleas from a neighbor. Our church had practically a grove of flowering cherry trees.Check local florist and fresh flower markets as well.Fresh local flowers are likely to be more inexpensive than roses, etc. After you have reached  your desired effect with the  spring flowers, add just enough water so that the floral foam doesn’t begin to float.

Get Creative

Just remember to keep an eye out for flowers that bloom around the same time. Bulb flowers such as daffodils and tulips will bloom around the same time as the flowering peach trees, Bradford pears and red bud. What can you find for vases and container? Think of Mason jars and other unique containers.  Creativity means using what is on hand. Get creative and make do with what is on hand to help with spring floral arrangement ideas. It promises to be a lot of fun, and both visually and financially rewarding! Just think thrill, spill, fill and look around at the flowers available!

Other Flower Suggestions:

    • pink and white dogwood
  • flowering peach
  • apple blossoms
  • Japonica branches
  • Bradford pear
  • forsythia
  • magnolia blossoms
  • early blooming stage hydrangeas.
  • daffodils
  • tulips
  • red bud

A Stroll Around the Neighborhood For Spring Flowers

Azaleas come in brilliant pinks, corals, and white spring glowers 008  Wisteria is the perfect “spill”. It grows on abandoned lots. 

 
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White  dogwood can be found growing in many forests.   spring glowers 005 Pretty pink dogwood is a common site at homes, parks and all around the neighborhood.  spring glowers 001 Flowering peach blossoms arrive before the tree’s leaves do. 100_0022 Tulips and other bulb flowers should still be in.  spring glowers 010 Bradford Pear Blooms Early Along with red bud and daffodils. easter 113 Japonica trees also have early blooms that show before the leaves.  easter 119 Did you get some ideas for making a low or no cost spring flower arrangement? Just remember these four points: 1. A creative  vase 2. Flowers that bloom around the same time 3. The skewer and floral wire trick 4. THRILL, FILL, SPILL!

Spring Flowers: Simple Low-Cost Flower Arrangements Using Daffodils And Jonquils



What is the Difference Between A Daffodil and A Jonquil?

There is not much difference in a daffodil and a Jonquil except for subtle variances in shape,size and texture. Members of a huge family called Narcissus,  there are literally hundreds and thousands of family members. They got their name from the Greek God of vanity because they appear to have their heads down, admiring their own reflection in the pond.

These lovely golden flowers are very hardy and are one of the first signs of spring in most places. In fact, in more temperate climates, Narcissus has been known to pop up in January and can often be seen peeping over the snow.Sometimes  called March Flowers, these hardy bulb plants produce golden heads and green stems that are always a welcome relief from winter.

These  perennials  are so hardy they will grow with years of neglect, and can often be found growing on long-abandoned lots, albeit a little scrawny. Fertilized and cared for, Narcissus can grow big blooms on long, healthy stems. They are long-lasting as cut flowers, making them great for both outdoor and indoor beauty. 

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Using Daffodils and Jonquils in Cut Flower Arranging

Daffodils and jonquils can be used creatively in little or no-cost cut flower arrangements. It just takes a little planning and thinking outside the box to come up with ways to show off these classic flowers. Check what you have on hand to work with. What containers do you have  to show them off? What other blooming plants are blooming this time of year to pair them with?

Eight Ways to Show Off Daffodils and Jonquils

# 1. Mixed Daffodils and Jonquils in a Mason Jar

Casual daffodil arrangement

Achieve a lovely country look with just an empty Mason jar and a red-checkered table cloth. This is good for an outdoor event. Make several for long tables. It’s the perfect arrangement for that first warm spring day’s picnic. It would work indoors as well if the weather is still too chilly for outdoor or patio dining.

There is a mixture here of  smaller jonquils, daffodils with lighter colored petals  and ruffled daffodils.

#2.  Long-stemmed Daffodils With Spring Buds

A more formal arrangement using long-stemmed daffodils.

 

A tall glass vase is perfect for pairing a few long-stemmed larger daffodils with some green buds that are opening up on a branch. This arrangement tells the story that the daffodil helps to usher in the beginning of spring.

Place decorative pebbles in the bottom of the vase. And just enough water for the daffodils to drink without going thirsty.

# 3. Tie-dyed Jonquils in a Whimsical Arrangement

Daffodils colored with food coloring

Remember when your fourth grade science teacher put celery stalks in food dye? It was to show how the main function of the plant’s stem is to transport water. I tried it with daffodils and jonquils and got a lovely tie-died effect.

Tint jonquils one color (I used green) and daffodils the other color. Thinking of blue? Don’t bother. It turns out green.

#4. Daffodils With Flowering Shrubs

Daffodils and flowering quince make a contrasting arrangement
Daffodils and flowering quince make a contrasting arrangement

There are a few flowering shrubs and trees that bloom around the same time as the Narcissus. Bradford pears have lovely white blooms and Forsythia, probably the first shrub bloomer is covered with yellow trumpet-shaped blooms. But for more drama, I like using flowering quince. The red blooms appear on the thorny stems before any green color.

The thorny deep red blooms contrast with the dainty daffodils. This is a more formal arrangement so I used a lead Crystal flute-shaped vase.

 

 

#5. Structured Jonquil Arrangement in Tea Pitcher

 



A tea pitcher can make a great vase. Here I used a cheerful striped one for my long-stemmed jonquils. This is more structured than the whimsical one. The stems are cut all one length. Fit them to your container and then cut the stems the same length. They may need to be tied together with floral wire or string to display better.

 

Again, see what containers you have on hand that would go well with these “tie-dyed” jonquils.  You can create lovely spring floral arrangements at little or no cost.

#6. Clear Tea Pitcher

IMG_20140323_182155A clear vase or perhaps a glass tea pitcher shows off the Narcissus’ pretty green stems as well as the showy yellow blossoms. Note the double-headed ones in this arrangement.

#7 A Bowl of March Flowers

IMG_20140323_190947For a bowl arrangement, cut the stems short and all the same length. I  used smooth, round pebbles in the bowl to stick the stems in. Narcissus stems are not strong enough to stick in floral foam.

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#8. Small Arrangements in Pretty Mugs

IMG_20140323_191411Pretty coffee mugs can make good containers for tiny arrangements. Place one on each table at banquets and dinner parties.