Wednesday’s Flowers – Spring Thinking

January 26, 2011

Brrrrr…It has been very cold here for the past week, too cold for my liking.  Right now I’m really looking forward to spring; I need warmth back into my life and a little colour.  Besides staying indoors, I cannot do much about the cold but I can bring a little colour and spring into my house.  Which is exactly what I did the minute I spotted purple Hyacinths at the local grocery store; they were on sale for $5 each, so I picked up two pots!

Spring bulbs never look very exciting in the plain grower’s pot they come in so I had some great ideas to makes these beauties perfect.  Here is what I used to make the Hyacinth arrangement:

  • two pots of forced Hyacinth bulbs
  • a low long white planter
  • jute twine
  • bamboo sticks
  • sphagnum moss
  • decorative moss balls

Since I’m still into using white pots in my house, a theme I started back in December, I transplanted the bulbs into the white planter.  I did not need extra soil during transplanting as there were lots available when I removed the bulbs from the grower’s pots.  Do make sure you gently place soil completely around the roots trying not to leave empty pockets.

Once the bulbs were transplanted I staked each flower with the bamboo sticks.  Hyacinth flowers are heavy and the stems normally cannot support the weight, so it is best to stake each flower.  I tied the stakes with little jute twine bows.

To finish off the arrangement I soaked Sphagnum moss in water, once the moss was wet, I used it to cover the top of the planter and hide the soil.  Decorative moss balls were added at the base of the arrangement to add interest and fill in the gaps.  Placing objects at the base of an arrangement creates a focal point and helps to ground the flowers to the container.

And there you have it, a little bit of spring thinking to get us though this cold and snowy January.  Seeing and smelling this little treat is a perfect reminder that spring is just around the corner.  Keep warm and enjoy!