Early Spring Designs with Chris Norwood

Despite the freezing temperatures and wintery season, there’s no reason not to put a little spring design in your home decor. And there’s nothing like fresh, young bulb flowers to bring in an early dose of spring freshness. So here are a couple of great arrangements you can easily do yourself.

First thing, when you get your bulbs, you’ll want to peel off the brown covering of the actual bulb. This will reveal the white “skin” that adds clean, fresh color to match the green of the stem. For our first arrangement, take a short, clear glass vase and run bark wire around the vase, twisting the loose ends together. Next take the bulbs and place them in the vase.  Once the bulbs are in, take red dogwood sticks and insert them vertically between the bark wire and the outer wall of the vase. You don’t have to use dogwood, any stick with a little bit of bend and texture to it will work. Now begin placing sticks horizontally between the vertical sticks and the bulb stems, criss-crossing them to create a grid. What this will do is help support the flowers as they continue to grow, since bulbs tend to get lanky with age. This also creates a very organic, naturalistic effect that is currently in style for indoor plant decor. Add a little water and they’ll continue to grow.

Another option is taking a tall and narrow clear vase along with tall-stemmed bulbs, such as daffodils. After you place the bulbs in the vase, take long sticks with texture (such as the red dogwood sticks) and insert them vertically into the vase. Next, clip the sticks into smaller pieces and drop them into the vase to sit with the bulbs, adding more colors and a stronger organic feel.

You can find several different types of bulbs already at Tipton & Hurst, along with vases and other additions for your spring design needs. Watch the video below for a visual approach to this arrangement and be sure to catch our floral design genius, Chris Norwood, on KATV every Tuesday morning between 9 and 9:30.


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