Spring is in the air my friends! With plenty more light in each day I am sure we are all itching to get outside and get our hands dirty. Whether you're excited to pull the grill and patio furniture out, or cannot wait to get your landscaping work going it definitely is a fun time of the year.
Spring also brings on some of our most beautiful blooms of the season. There is no shortage of tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth available for purchase wherever you enjoy grabbing your flowers.
Even just one bunch of these beauties tossed in a vase can make the entire room feel like a new season is here. Below are some important tips for working with these favorites. While they are definitely pretty, there are some odd things about them to remember.
Daffodils are 'mean girls.' "You can't sit with us!" Daffodils do best, when they are the only thing in your vase because when the stems are cut, the release a slime like substance that actually poisons the other flowers in your arrangement. There are ways to combat this, with chemicals and solutions- but your best bet- is leave the daffodils in a vase with just other daffodils. :)
Tulips keep growing! This is why they are one of my favorites. Even after they are cut, tulips continue to grow. It's what makes a vase full of them so magical because every day it looks different. When you are arranging tulips, especially in a work of art, remember that the tulips will keep growing. Tuck them in a bit further if you want to prevent them from floating out of the arrangement the next day. Also- remember that you can never ever have too many tulips in your life. (biased)
Hyacinths love cold water. I've found, and this may not be proven, that my hyacinths tend to look happier if they are in some pretty cold water that I change daily. I believe this is because they do pretty well in the cold. Additionally, a LOT of people are allergic to hyacinths, they are the most amazing smell, but if someone in your house is sneezing or itchy- chances are its the hyacinths. One time I brought a vase of them to a friend as a thank you gift and she couldn't breathe a few hours later.... really fun. not.
Remember 'snip. water. fluff.' my fool proof 3 word reminder to anyone who is working with flowers at home. Immediately give stems a good snip and place them in water. Once they are all at the pool party, 'fluff' things a bit just by loosening the look and giving some movement to the stems. I am confident you can rock this!
Final words this month to Summer brides! Ladies- if you are getting married in May, June, July or August please please make sure that by now you have your florist secured, have approved a design proposal, are definitely 'on the same page' and now should be the time you are working through the final details! Vases, ribbons, little odds n'ends. And don't forget- this is supposed to be fun!
Yours in flowers,
Kalin Sheick is the owner and lead designer for Stems & Sprigs, a boutique floral design company that loves Northern Michigan. Stems & Sprigs specializes in garden inspired, natural designs with a touch of whimsy. When she's not floralizing for events, Kalin is spending time with her family on the lake, exploring the outdoors with her 'wolf pack' (husband and dog), and hosting dinner parties for friends. You can follow along on her Northern Michigan adventures by joining her tribe on the Stems & Sprigs blog, or following them on Instagram.