beyond the norm
Unexpected crops and
out-of-the-ordinary uses for traditional favorites invigorate spring
Whether Jack Frost is still nipping noses, or the days have turned sunny
and bright, spring’s bounty—especially the radiant flowers from so many
bulbs—is the first sign of warmer times to come and is joyously greeted
by floral professionals and consumers alike.
Despite the warm reception these enchanting blossoms receive, the
customary offerings of tulips, daffodils and other spring staples can
lose their luster after just a few weeks. So in addition to classic bulb
flower presentations, reinvent your spring selection with some exciting
new creations such as those shown here, and be sure to ask your fresh
flower suppliers for bulb flowers beyond the basics. Amaryllises,
Gloriosas, Ornithogalums and other out-of-the-ordinary bulb flowers can
awaken and invigorate even the weariest of souls
basket of plenty
Fabulous depth, dimension and texture highlight this exquisite blooming
basket that, complementing its generous proportions, is filled to
overflowing with some of the season’s most enchanting fare. The
botanicals, including bicolor tulips and amaryllises, hyacinths in three
hues, glamorous glory lilies (Gloriosas), pussy willow branches and
giant Alliums tucked in near the handle, are arranged in striking groups
for maximum impact.
MATERIALS: tulips, amaryllises, hyacinths, Ornithogalums,
Gloriosas, Alliums and foliages from Netherlands Flower Bulb Information
Center; pussy willows and grass from favorite supplier; Valley Mist
basket from burton + BURTON.
Grape hyacinths (Muscaris) and sunny Narcissi are beloved springtime
treasures, but customers will never tire of them when they’re
combined with an unexpected selection such as glory lilies (Gloriosas)
and when they’re presented in a breathtakingly inventive manner.
Here, salvaged amaryllis stems serve as organic vessels that hold
water and create the illusion of bunches of vibrant blossoms
sprouting atop oversized stems.
MATERIALS: grape hyacinths, Narcissi,
and Gloriosas from Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center; pin
from Pounder Manufacturing Company Ltd.; Cling® floral adhesive from
Floral Specialties; platter from Sullivans.
study in contrasts
Blossoms artfully contained within the glassy shelter of sleek modern
vessels typically achieve a soothing quality, yet in these examples,
intersecting lines create dramatic tension. Since the crisscrossing
amaryllis stems are wedged against the glass to support the hyacinths,
the tension is structural as well as visual and contradicts the
hyacinths’ tranquil blue hues.
MATERIALS: hyacinths from Netherlands Flower Bulb Information
Center; Morgan Vases from Accent Décor.
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