Spring Bouquet

A display of twigs, ferns, and flowering bulbs: Three simple ingredients that add up to a breath of fresh air in a spring vase.

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Spring Bouquet: Step One

Here's how I created this bouquet:

Step one: Select a vase with relatively straight sides. This green glass vase measures 8-inches tall x 6-1/2-inches wide. Begin with branches. These become the framework to support all the other ingredients. I've used black pussy willow (Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys'), arranged so the stems tilt outward and overlap one another at the base

Spring Bouquet: Step Two

Add the maidenhair fern fronds, tucking their black stems in between the crossed willow twigs. 

Spring Bouquet: Step Three

Insert the daffodils, cut to a length so their trumpet-shaped blooms emerge just above the twig-and-frond composition.

Spring Bouquet: Final

Together, this trio announces: Spring is (almost) here!

Bouquet of Lilies

I love old-fashioned metal or glass flower frogs. These floral design accessories offer today's flower-lovers an eco-friendly way to create bouquets - without using florists' foam, which is damaging to the earth and harmful to handle.

Bouquet of Lilies: Step One

Place vintage metal frog in bottom of vase. This frog measures 2-3/4-inch tall x 5-1/4-inch in diameter. The container is a vintage English cachepot, 9-inches tall x 9-inches in diameter.

Bouquet of Lilies: Step Two

Fill the vase with stems of lily-of-the-valley shrub (Pieris japonica), to fill the opening of the vase - let the drooping clusters of flowers cascade over the rim.

Summer Bouquet: Step Three

Insert 7 stems of Asiatic lilies. These flowers will stay upright and perfectly positioned, stabilized by the flower frog and the pieris foliage.

Farmer's Market Flowers for a Summer Bouquet

These are the freshest, most lovingly-grown summer flowers - straight from Choice Bulb Co., Jan Roozen's farm in Mt. Vernon, Washington. I met Jan at the farmers' market and brought these great ingredients home for a bouquet.

Summer Bouquet: Step One

I chose a green etched-glass vase, 8-inches tall by 5-1/2-inches diameter. Then I added several goldenrod stems.

Summer Bouquet: Step Two

Next, I clustered stems of Brodiaea coronaria, which has funnel-shaped, dark blue-purple flowers.

Summer Bouquet: Step Two

Detail of Brodiaea coronaria.

Summer Bouquet: Step Three

Then, I inserted 5 white dahlias, their stems shortened so they nestle between the other ingredients.

Summer Bouquet: Step Four

Add taller elements, including foxtail lilies (Eremurus xisabellinus), allowing them to emerge from the lower ingredients for drama.

Summer Bouquet: Step Five

Add ornamental allium (Allium 'Globe Master'). Their strong orb shapes play nicely with the linear foxtail lilies.

Summer Bouquet: Final

Insert some smaller drumstick alliums (Allium sphaerocephalon) to echo the color and textures of other ingredients.

Take a look at Debra’s video tutorial on eco-floral design techniques or visit her website for more tips.

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How-To: Slow Flowers Bouquets

Make pretty, rustic bouquets with flowers from your yard or the famers market

Written by Debra Prinzing
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Summer Bouquet: Step Five

Add ornamental allium (Allium 'Globe Master'). Their strong orb shapes play nicely with the linear foxtail lilies.

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