The first signs of spring are upon us and I’m like a kid waiting for the toy store to open. While I do not have the knowledge to grow anything pretty myself, I do take the time to appreciate the efforts my neighbors make to bring in the season. This time of year my daily walks are more like mini scavenger hunts; tracking from block to block to see what’s popped its pretty head out of the ground each day.
It is no secret that my favorite flowers are tulips. So, when I found this little bundle of parrot tulips at the store, I just had to snatch them up to make my first spring flower arrangement of the year!
Floral Recipe : Yellow Tulips With Pink Roses
2 stems willow eucalyptus
2 stems silver dollar eucalyptus
What You’ll Need
round vase 5” tall x 4 1/2” wide
waterproof floral tape (try Amazon)
Make a tape grid. If you’re unfamiliar with this technique, don’t be scared away. It’s really easy to make and will provide a nice support for your stems. For details instructions, read HOW TO MAKE A TAPE GRID.
Add water and flower food.
Create the overall size and shape of your spring flower arrangement. The wispy ends of the willow eucalyptus made a nice overall shape to start with.
Cut length – up to 18”
Fill in the base. Willow eucalyptus has two distinct textures; dense and full at the base and light and wispy at the ends. The denser branches made the perfect material to fill in the base of my arrangement. This coverage meets two needs. First, it fills in the base of the arrangement so there are no gaps or holes. Second, it provides a nice structure that supports the flowers and keeps them from flopping over.
Cut length – 12-14”
Additional texture. I probably didn’t need the silver dollar eucalyptus, but I really liked the idea of another greenery that was the same color but a different shape and size. So, I placed it along the same lines as the longer pieces of willow eucalyptus.
Cut length – up to 12”
Cover your mechanics. The silver dollar eucalyptus’ draping quality made it perfect for covering the edge of the vase and any little pieces of tape that might show. I used shorter pieces to tuck in around the edges of the vase.
Cut length – around 6”
Add the tulips. I usually start with the flower that is going to be reaching out the farthest. Next, I find openings in the greenery where the shape and size of the flower will, without making big adjustments, fit nicely. I did this on both sides of the arrangement then worked to the middle.
Cut length – 5-12”
Place the roses. I picked out a spot just off center for my biggest rose. Then, placed two smaller roses just above it. The fourth rose was placed towards the back of the arrangement and cut a bit taller.
Cut length – 5-7”
Just a little fill in. I felt the smaller delicate eucalyptus leaves had been covered by the larger flowers so, I filled in with small pieces I had left over. Plus, this nicely rounded out my spring flower arrangement.
Of note. Early spring puts me in the mood for these soft pastel colors, but this arrangement would be lovely with any color combination. Also, take note that this spring flower arrangement was made with just 12 flowers. I had more of both the tulips and roses but really wanted to show that you can make something special with just a dozen flowers.
Recently, this idea of creating with less put me on a bit of a mission. I got it in my head that the simplicity of one dozen roses was something that needed to be explored. So, I challenged myself to create as many arrangements as I could with the restriction of only using one dozen flowers. Things are sure to get… shall we say… creative. So, be sure to check out THE ONE DOZEN ROSES CHALLENGE.