Wednesday’s Flowers – “O” is for Orange

March 9, 2011

“O” is for orange and the pretty flower Ornithogalum; which is better know as ‘Star-of-Bethlehem’ due to its star shaped flowers.  On my search for flowers this week I discovered 4″ pots of the colourful Ornithogalum ‘Sunshine’ for $4.99 at the local grocery store.  I was quite surprised to see them there so one came home with me.

This is how it looked when I bought it:

Such a pretty flower but surrounded by a horrible green pot wrapper, can you tell I’m not a fan this try of packaging?  So, I beg you to please throw out the pot wrapper and transplant all potted plants into a nice decorative container.  It really is not hard to do and the results are fabulous.  Once dressed up it will coordinate with your decor and not stick out like a sore thumb.

Here are the items I used to transform this little pot of orange sunshine:

  • a potted flowering plant, I used Ornithogalum ‘Sunshine’.
  • a simple decorative container of your choice.  Choose a container that is the same size as the grower’s pot or just slightly larger.
  • decorative moss (I used Canadian Moss)
  • depending on the size of the container you may need some potting soil.
  • water.

Once you have everything organized, transplanting the flower is easy.

  1. carefully remove the flower from the grower’s pot.
  2. place it in the decorative container, if the pot is the came size as the roots gently press the soil around the edges so the gaps are filled with soil.  If the container is slightly larger add fresh potting soil around the edges.
  3. give the soil a good watering.
  4. then place decorative moss around the top of the container to hide the soil.  And you are done!

See how easy that was!  I do hope you will try it.  I suggest you treat all your potted flowers this way, especially if you are giving one as a gift.  Presentation is everything and it is very inexpensive to make a beautiful arrangement for someone special.