Welcome to another Market Flower Monday! I am so happy to be able to show you how to arrange flowers for spring today.
It has been a couple of weeks since I visited our local market for flowers. After several weeks without the usual flower vendor and a very small selection of different blooms, I had been having better luck finding flowers at the grocery store.
Since we are now into March I figured I would give the market another try. I was met with both bad news and good news. The bad news, the regular flower vendor who has been at the market for years wasn’t coming back. He retired at the end of the year. The good news, the new vendor finally had ranunculus! Just one bucket, but I got there early enough to grab two bunches!
I also picked up some white mums and white freesia.
Freesia is a flower that I often overlook, and I don’t know why. My wedding bouquet was full of white freesia. The fragrance alone is reason enough to buy them more often. But, they also look gorgeous in flower arrangements any time of the year.
This week I used a tall pitcher from the Hearth & Hand collection at Target.
I started with fresh cold water and a packet of flower preservative. I used two bunches of peachy/pink ranunculus, 1 bunch of white mums, 1 bunch of pink snap dragons, 1 bunch of white freesia, and a few stems of green. Total cost for flowers was $18.00.
How to arrange flowers for spring
Begin by arranging the stems of greenery, crisscrossing the stems in the pitcher.
Tip: Always remove any leaves that will be below the water line
Next, I arrange the three stems of the white mums. There are several blooms per stem so just a few stems goes a long way. Then I tucked the ranuncula stems in among the mums. Since this arrangement will be on sideboard, I put most of them towards the front and sides.
Another handy tip is to break off a few of the lower mums from each stem to tuck down close to the top of the pitcher.
Add the freesia throughout the arrangement to fill in any gaps and to create some shape to the arrangement. Finally, add the snap dragons to add height and color.
Freesia blooms tend to have two thin stems. One with the main, open bloom and one with tight buds. I tend to separate them and use them both in the arrangements. The open bloom for impact and the buds for texture and interest.
The same is true for ranunculus.
Don’t be afraid to move the greens and blooms around until you are happy with their placement.
The most important advice I can give you when it comes to how to arrange flowers is to be careful not to strive for perfection!
I am guilty of this myself. My girls were both at home when I was arranging these flowers. More than once I stepped back and expressed my displeasure about the way my arrangement looked. I was trying to make them look perfect. They both assured me not to change a thing. They already were beautiful!
And, they were right! I could have spent another hour fussing over them trying to make them perfect, when I realized I am not even sure what perfect flowers look like! Mine were beautiful, and bring me and my family joy. That is really all that matters!
What really made my day was that I had enough blooms left over to send each of the girls home with a little arrangement of their own! (Which I completely forgot to take a picture of!) They were both so glad to have fresh flowers to bring home, and that small thing made this momma very happy!
So, what are you waiting for? Next time you are at the market or the grocery store, pick up a few bunches of flowers now that you know how to arrange flowers for spring! They really will make your whole house smile!
Until next time….
This is so charming and beautiful. It gives me so much to look forward to.
Barbara Chapman says
Maureen, this bouquet of market flowers is absolutely beautiful! How pretty with the tangerine ranunculus and the pink roses and white mums… Breathtaking!!! So glad your girls were able to take a mini bouquet home with them, too. Little treasures!
Have a wonderful week and happy almost spring,