Early Spring Scents

IMG_5520By the time I got to the supermarket this week the best flowers had sold out, so instead I looked at what was in my garden.  At this time of year flowers are delicate and sometimes inconspicuous and can be easy to miss, but brought inside and put in a little vase or cup can be really appreciated.  They also can have an amazing scent, just a little sprig can fill a room with fragrance.  I found Winter Box, Sarcococca confusa which is coming to an end of its flowering, but still had some of its tiny fragrant flowers and shiny black berries.  I also cut a piece of Daphne, whose pink flowers fill my garden with a strong scent.  The hellebore although unscented, I floated in a small cup so I could see its lovely subtle colouring.

IMG_5523Other scented flowers you may find in your garden are, Winter Iris, Witch Hazel, Viburnum bodnantense, hyacinths, daffodils, some crocus and a little later some varieties of tulips.  Just pick what catches your eye or nose!

 

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January Simplicity – Floating flowers

img_5477After the excess of the Christmas decorations, I went for a simple, fresh design.  I was able to keep some of the amaryllis flowers from last week’s design; as I had just a few individual blooms on a short stem the ideal design was to float them in a bowl.  A low bowl with floating flowers looks lovely on a coffee table, or as a table centre for a party.  You could use lilies or for a more fun look, gerbera.  This is also a perfect way to display hellebores, which should be appearing in gardens soon.  In this design I used glass cubes, but you could vary what you put in the vase – from natural stones to more glittery accessories.  The advantage of this design is it forces you to appreciate the flower close up – this particular flower made me think of a Georgia O’Keefe painting and of course her words…

okeefe“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the
moment.”

 

How to create

img_5478A very simple design to create.  Put your glass or stones in the bowl.  Cut off the flower heads with minimal stem. Add water then float the flowers on top.