A bounty of fresh flowers in a
range of pretty pinks is in demand for spring.
Designs by Talmage McLaurin, AIFD
Timelessly elegant in its rounded mixed formation and lovely
monochromatic color palette, this gorgeous arrangement, able to fill a
room with heady fragrances, showcases spring’s most wonderful bounty.
Tufts of white Hydrangeas form an organic grid through which the other
florals, including unusual peachy pink yarrow, are arranged.
MATERIALS: ‘Lombardia’ Oriental lilies, tulips, hyacinths,
miniature amaryllises (Hippeastrums) and Nerines (Guernsey lilies) from
Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center; Hydrangeas from Sun Valley
Floral Farms; tin bucket from Bread and Budder Buckets; Bullion Wire
from Smithers-Oasis; yarrow and floral foam from favorite suppliers.
To achieve appropriate hyacinth height within the rounded form, extend
the flowers’ length by inserting their stems into water tubes. Enlarge
each tube’s opening with a florist knife so the large hyacinth stems
will fit comfortably. Secure the tubes to wired wood picks, wrap with
floral tape for added security and insert the wooden picks into the
Sculptural organic lines are very much in vogue, as are blooms, such as
Nerines, callas and amaryllises, whose stems create them. Their elegance
is demonstrated in these lines, formed when a group of Nerines, whose
long stems are cut to a uniform length, are gathered into a simple mass.
Inside a crystal vase, icy bits of pink glass support the clustered
florals, and a pair of ostrich feathers, bound with shimmery wire,
intersect the lines and are a frilly foil to the sleek stems.
MATERIALS: Nerines (Guernsey lilies) from Netherlands Flower Bulb
Information Center; crystal vase from Badash Crystal; Glass Ice from
Accent Décor; ostrich feathers from Knud Nielsen Company; Bullion Wire
Cluster a pair of ostrich feathers so their plumes radiate in
opposite directions. Just beneath the soft plumage, begin binding the
quills together with silver bullion wire, continuing downward until the
quills are covered.
Resembling a forgotten planting, from which tulips have emerged amid an
uncultivated pussy-willow shrub, this composition achieves a botanical
aesthetic. Yet it’s set inside a contemporary metal vessel, making the
pussy-willow-bordered blossoms quite comfortable in modern environments.
Forming a “hedge” around the container’s interior edges, the pussy
willows are arranged into a thin piece of floral foam in the bottom of
the container. The tightly nestled tulips are simply standing atop the
floral foam, so they’re easily replaced as needed.
MATERIALS: tulips from Netherlands Flower Bulb Information
Center; metal container from Jamali Garden Supplies; pussy willows and
floral foam from favorite suppliers.
Place a thin piece of saturated floral foam into the bottom of a
rectangular container. Fill the container with water, and amass tulips
into it. Then arrange pussy willows into the foam around the interior
perimeter of the container.
greens and pinks
A striking tin bucket, painted with a charming fruit motif, displays a
beloved complementary color palette for spring. The hues are reflected,
through a range of pretty pink and luminous green florals, in the lush
mixed design composed inside the container. Adding texture and
dimension, a European-inspired collar of bear grass bundles surrounds
the mounded blooms.
MATERIALS: Nerines (Guernsey lilies), parrot tulips and Ranunculi
(Persian buttercups) from Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center;
tin bucket from Bread and Budder Buckets; Bullion Wire from Smithers-Oasis;
Hyper-icum, bear grass, Galax leaves and floral foam from favorite
Clip several blades of bear grass into short bits. Gather clusters of
the clipped grass into bundles, and enwrap them with a long strand of
bullion wire. Add more bundles to the wire to form a grassy garland.
Wrap the garland around the perimeter of the arrangement as a collar.
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