As the weather is warming up in Texas, I am holding on to my spring blooms as long as I can. There’s just something so special about the colorful blooms of springs. The pink of these tulips struck me as bright and soft all at the same time. We’ve all seen hydrangea in the pale pinks and baby blues that are so common, but did you know it also comes in purple, greens, and even red? No matter what flowers you choose for your spring arrangements, use this time of year to experiment with color.
Floral Recipe: Spring Arrangement for Mom
4 stems green hydrangea
10 stems tulips
15 stems ranunculus
5″ high x 4 1/2″ round vase
Build your base.
Normally, with a vase this size, I would recommend using a flower frog or creating a tape grid to provide structure for the tulips and ranunculus. But in this case, the web of stems within each hydrangea provide the perfect structure to hold your softer stems right where you place them. Pretty handy, huh? I cut my hydrangea so the blooms rested on the top of the vase and the stems reached the opposite side.
Clustering flowers together creates a focal point for the eye to rest and prevents the arrangement from looking polka dotted. I placed my tulips in 4 places around the arrangement; 3 clusters of 3 and 1 solo.
Connect the dots.
Next, place your ranunculus. I placed a couple of stems with each cluster of tulips. Then, repeated around the arrangement until I used all the ranunculus.
The idea here is to create movement from one cluster to the next. The ranunculus start close to the tulips then trail off and lead the eye to the next cluster.
A little note about ranunculus. These perfectly round little clusters of seemingly endless petals are positively gorgeous, but not the easiest to work with. Ranunculus stems have these quirky bends and curves to them. So, where you insert the stem isn’t necessarily where the head of the flower will wind up. It will probably take a few tries to get that pretty little face right where you want it. That’s okay. Just gently remove the flower and give it another try.
I felt the arrangement needed a little something more, but I didn’t want to complicate things with a fourth flower. So, I used the shoots of foliage and buds I cut off the ranunculus to fill in around each cluster. I like the way this added another texture and color without adding another flower. Plus, I like the look of unopened buds in an arrangement; it gives the impression of something lovely to come.
This fun and colorful spring arrangement can make a lovely Easter centerpiece or Mother’s Day bouquet.
While spring is the time to show off your colorful side, it’s not something I’ve always been comfortable with. I really admire creative people who can effortlessly select colors and textures for arrangements. Selecting complimenting colors was always a struggle for me; I’d hem and haw and second guess my selections until I’d just talk myself out of doing anything at all. Sound familiar?
Well, it’s amazing to me that the answer to our problem is something we all learned in elementary school art class… the color wheel. Yep, your good ole color wheel is the key to making color selections with confidence. Here’s a link to a good reference. GraphicTide.com Take a screen shot and remember to pull it out when you’re flower shopping.
Actually, I got so enthralled in color theory that I took a whole class on it. I’m planning a post for the summer that teaches some basics anyone can apply to flower arranging. So, be on the look out!