I’m convinced there’s no better way to celebrate the precious “ordinary” days of our lives than by bringing fresh flowers into our surroundings, and I believe we should take every opportunity to do just that.
In this class, I’m introducing a new ongoing feature of my blog: I will be showing you many uses for one simple container. To get your imagination working, I will create a new flower arrangement in the same vase every few weeks to demonstrate how much can be done with just one container.
All you have to do is go in search of a simple, neutral container that you can put on display in your home. Then, as the weeks go by, you can switch out the flowers and create a fresh, new look every time. It sounds like fun to me, and I hope you’ll think so, too.
First: find a container.
I have selected two very different containers to use as examples for you. One is a round, rough-textured pot with an embossed design that I found at Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH) a few days ago. Best of all, I was amazed to find it was only $6.99!
My second example is a gray metal rectangular container a friend was giving away (lucky me!).
Keep in mind that ANY container at all could work for you, and it may be one you already have.
Next, fill it with flowers.
As the weeks go by, I will be showing you lots of different arrangements in these same containers, using fresh-cut flowers, fruits and a few fun seasonal touches.
For this first arrangement, though, I’ve selected some six-packs of purple stock plants (@$3.49) from my favorite local nursery, and since these plants were tall and lush-looking, I knew they would fill up either pot nicely. (By the way, stock is a flower that smells absolutely divine, and if you use it, you will have the added bonus of a roomful of fragrance.)
The process of planting these containers could not be easier and you’ll have a big bowlful of beautiful flowers to enjoy for many days!
(Go to my potted plants post for more detailed instructions.)
Here are the steps:
- Waterproof your container (line with plastic or place a plastic container inside the pot).
- Buy enough plants to fill it snugly (plus a few extras “just in case”).
- Fill the pot with enough dirt so your plants will peek over the top at whatever height you like.
- Take the plants carefully out of their plastic six-packs and gently crowd them together in the pot. Add more dirt between the plants if needed.
- Add moss around the edges of your container to cover any visible dirt and to add that finishing touch.
- Display in a prominent spot and enjoy!
Look at these two photos using the very same flowers and see how different each arrangement can look. So beautiful and SO easy!
A PREVIEW OF MY NEXT CLASS: ICONS OF SPRING
In my next classes, I will be showing you some easy, colorful centerpieces and decorations that celebrate the exhilarating delights of Spring and the Easter season. I often use little seasonal accessories in my arrangements, so I want to suggest that you start shopping for some “icons” of the coming season, before they sell out. Shops like Tuesday Morning, Marshalls, Ross, Michaels, JoAnn’s, HomeGoods, WorldMarket, Pier 1, Pottery Barn, etc. all have fabulous finds right now.
Pictured here are some of the seasonal icons I’ve collected, including bird nests, eggs, watering cans, seed packets, a wheelbarrow, clay pots, mosses and a variety of very cute rabbits in materials from wood to grass to ceramic and pottery.
A simple step to add seasonal ambience to any arrangement or composition is to add just one or two accessories that evoke the mood of whatever season is being celebrated. For example, here you see our two pots planted with purple stock.
All I did was add two ceramic bunnies to each one, and instantly – you’ve made it a Spring or Easter display!
I hope you will be on the lookout for a versatile container to use in different ways, and keep an eye out for the Easter bunny, too.