Here are my March flowers. I have a little ritual when I put together a bouquet, it changes slightly from one season to the next, but the principles remain the same.
Before starting to put together a bouquet or bunches of flowers I love to see everything together, en masse. If it’s the spring or summer and I’m using flowers from the garden then this happens naturally as I wander around, secateur in hand, with two baskets filling up as I go.
In the winter, as with these March flowers, when my garden only has foliage to offer, I like to buy blooms and supplement with foliage that I find in the countryside around here.
In both cases, while I am getting vases or bowls ready to receive the blooms, everything is popped into my kitchen sink for a good long soak in cold water. It’s good for the flowers, and it helps me appreciate the volumes and colours I have to work with.
Today, nearly the end of March, I am still relying on flowers from our excellent local florists. And I was charmed by these pale shades of white, cream and blush pink. Because I wanted to keep it simple and low key, I opted for a selection of antique white jugs. Using multiple recipients is a great way of making the most of what you have. It allows you to play with various heights and colours, and to move the arrangement around according to where you want the flowers to be seen.
Today I found white tulips, eucalyptus, wild blossom, ranunculus, carnations and larkspur. I grouped them together when friends came for dinner yesterday, and today the jugs are scattered around the house, bringing splashes of light and colour to several rooms.
Creating an arrangement like this doesn’t take long, and by using a group of vases it’s not a huge expense …. besides which it is therapeutic.
Hope you’re having a lovely weekend and that you have a few flowers on your table too.