signs of spring

Color-coordinated collections of seasonal designs that are certain to entice winter-weary consumers.
designs by Lori Zirkle McNorton


monochromatic magic
(above) Heralding the arrival of spring, three varieties of pink tulips reach for the sunlight, escaping the boundaries in this otherwise massed collection of gardeny blooms. Skilled flower placement compensates for the natural tendency the stems of these wily bulb flowers’ have to stretch after being arranged and creates abundant depth and dimension in this glorious composition.

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(above) Coordinating blue-and-white vases beautifully showcase some of the seasons loveliest blooms. In the foreground (left), the vessel features cut Irises and tulips that are clustered to maximize each flower type’s presence and appeal. The vase in the background (center) contains bare-rooted Narcissus bulbs that are wedged into the container’s opening and resting atop floral foam.

(top right) Whether used individually or in multiples to create a composite design, artful light-bulb-shaped vases are the perfect vessels for consumers to drop flowers into on a regular basis.

(center right) Diminutive grape hyacinths (Muscari), one of nature’s true blue flowers and available as cut flowers only through April, are especially stunning arranged in mass.

Photo courtesy of iBulb; Wouter Koppen, photographer

(right) Groupings of tulips, Gerberas and snapdragons, casually arranged in a classic stoneware pitcher sporting a contrasting blue-and-white floral print ribbon, have a sunny disposition that is certain to brighten anyone’s day and is appropriate for any occasion.

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(right) Fragrant hyacinths, in a range of purple hues from red-violet to blue-violet, blend with a sumptuous collection of tulips, Anemones, Lenten roses (Helleborus) and pink jasmine, creating a resplendent floral “potage” in a porcelain tureen.

Photo courtesy of iBulb; Steven Bemelman, photographer

(below) A curiously cockeyed composition of carafes adds an element of merriment to a garden-inspired composite centerpiece. The vases, as well as some of the flowers, are arranged into a rectangular floral-foam base, allowing the design to be extended to any desired length, but it also can be constructed using any of the myriad shapes of floral-foam forms available. For casual get-togethers indoors or out, this design will be the center of attention and the talk of the party.

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HOW TO Press the bottoms of the vases into a dry floral-foam form to create the desired place- ments and angles for the vases. Hot glue the vases into the “divets,” soak the floral foam, cover the base with moss, fill the vases with flower-food solution, and arrange fresh botanicals into both the vases and the floral-foam base.

HOW TO
Press the bottoms of the vases into a dry floral-foam form to create the desired placements and angles for the vases. Hot glue the vases into the “divets,” soak the floral foam, cover the base with moss, fill the vases with flower-food solution, and arrange fresh botanicals into both the vases and the floral-foam base.

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