There is no better time to display fresh, beautiful flowers than Spring in the South. Not only can we find bundles upon bundles of blooms at local stores, but we can also begin to pluck from our own gardens – making centerpieces much more affordable. This week, we’re showing off this darling Spring Centerpiece from Bronwen Smith, owner and lead designer of B Floral.
Project: DIY Spring Centerpiece
Floral clippers or sharp knife
Spring flowers (we used ranunculus, tulips, lilac, and roses)
- Collect your materials. We used ranunculus, tulips, lilac, and roses in this arrangement, but, for other seasonal floral varietals, you can never go wrong with sweet pea, peonies, or locally grown flowers. Keep your eye out for these flowers in pastels and Spring colors, especially – like ivories, pinks, and purples.
- Hold the flowers in your non-dominant hand. With your dominant hand, cut the stems of your flowers to a length that fits your vessel.
- Before placing the flowers in your vase, remove all leaves that sit below the water line. Leaves contain pesticides that transfer to the water, which can poison the flowers.
- Next, cut the stems of your flowers at a 45 degree angle with your floral clippers or sharp scissors. This provides more surface area for your flower to absorb water, allowing your centerpiece to last longer.
- Place your flowers in water within 30 seconds of cutting them so the follicles of the stems close. Make sure that the bottom of your stems are covered with water.
- When arranging your centerpiece, start with the biggest heads of the flowers in the center, to create a full and lively base. Then, fill in with your smaller flowers and, lastly, greens.
- As you create your centerpiece, turn it around to make sure your blooms are even – and as you like them – from all angles. Change the water in your arrangement every 2-3 days to keep your flowers fresh. Enjoy!