For March I am responsible for arranging flowers for the alter in our church. Sometimes this is just a matter of finding a pretty silk arrangement and setting it out but I was called last night and asked to make an arrangement for a couple’s anniversary. As a result, I sit here trying to plan my arrangement based on the flowers that are currently available and I thought I’d share with you the basics of arranging flowers.
I posted a YouTube video a while ago showing how to take an inexpensive grocery store bouquet and make it look like an expensive arrangement you could get from your local florist. You can find a publication from the University of Arkansas Master Gardeners linked here. Keep in mind, these principles don’t just apply to your cut flowers, they apply equally to silk arrangements, or how about make an arrangement of flowers you create from book pages?
Because I got the call late last night I haven’t been able to purchase flowers yet, but I thought I’d share with you some of the flowers that are in season during March, and hopefully some of the flowers I will be using in my arrangements.
Freesias have a wonderful fragrance and a beautiful arching stem that adds movement to an arrangement. The waxy blooms can add a subtle elegance to an arrangement or a vibrant focal point depending on the color of the blooms.
Lisianthus are beautiful flowers that bring the romantic feeling of a rose but (in my opinion) are a more beautiful flower. While roses have a very regal feel with their smooth petals and rough stem the lisianthus has a softer, more feminine appeal.
Stock adds a little bit of whimsical texture to any bouquet. The fluffy flower stalks can help brighten up an otherwise empty spot in your arrangement.
Snapdragons and Larkspur are two of my favorite for adding height to an arrangement. Sometimes I like to combine the snapdragons with the stock to echo the texture in the flowers, but sometimes that combination can cause each of the flowers to get lost in the mix. Each arrangement is a little different so play around with your flower textures.
These are some of the ideas I have of the flowers I hope to use in the arrangement, and I will be sure to post a picture below of the final product. Maybe I can encourage you to bring some life into your house after such a long, relentless winter. I know I could use some – after all we still have 3′ of snow on the ground!
As promised – here is the final arrangement. I could not find the lisianthus or the freesia, but I am pleased.