Monday, March 15, 2010

getting a jump on spring

I haven't written about flowers here in a long time, but now that spring is only a few days away, it seems like a perfect subject. In my neighborhood, grocery stores and bodegas are already trotting out the buckets of two-for-$5 daffodils, colorful tulips, fragrant hyacinth--all the usual spring suspects.

If you want to make a seasonal centerpiece for your dinner table or just a small arrangement to brighten up your house, here's my rule of thumb: go monochromatic. It's easy to get carried away by the sheer variety of flowers and all their pretty, Easter egg shades. But if you're looking for a sophisticated (and easy) look, choose one color and a pick a few different flowers in that spectrum, like the purpley-pink tulips and sweet peas above. It's a no-brainer way to make an arrangement look professionally arranged.

Why? A monochromatic look emphasizes the flowers and their different textures. Instead of a the look of a pre-mixed bouquet you picked up at the grocery store (not that there's anything wrong with that!) a single-color bouquet looks more harmonious. Flowers in similar shades naturally complement each other, you don't even have to think about it.

A few more tips: to keep the arrangement interesting, choose two to three different types of flowers in the same spectrum. If you'd like, add a little bit of greenery in the mix to set off the blooms. Change the water in your vase every other day to extend the life of your arrangement--it should last for at least a week if the flowers are fresh.

Happy spring!


musingegret said...

Absolutely lovely pic; I went back and viewed all your flower links and got happier with each photo! Thank you.

I'm gonna go pick some purple clover from the back yard; spring is newly budding here in Austin.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the idea of one main color.
I am making something this week for
a co-worker, and that's the ticket!

Lisa said...

Thanks, all! Glad you enjoyed.

juliette said...

gorgeous, gorgeous! :-)

Colin P. Delaney said...

Monochromatic is a great tip. Whenever I veer over to the Korean Market on the corner of my street and get slapped with all the colors on their flower sill, I get a little nervous. It's like match a shirt and tie -- not as simple as you think.

Daniel said...

Veering to the market? Getting slapped by the colors of the flowers? Time to lay off the hooch, maybe?

Lisa said...

Daniel: Don't be mean! I think CPD put it very well.


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