Our spring weather has been all over the map with freeze warnings, rain, blustery winds and a tornado watch last week. We’re enjoying some sunshine and warm spring weather this week so I set an alfresco spring table in celebration!
It’s also the third Friday of the month which means I’m joining my talented blogging friends for Floral Friday!
You’ll find their links for more floral inspiration and flower therapy at the bottom of this post.
I started with a garden urn as a centerpiece. It has a distressed white finish that makes it a favorite container to use for an alfresco table or garden setting. It’s not watertight, so I placed a plastic container inside and secured it with waterproof floral tape. Instead of using floral foam, a piece of chicken wire makes for easy arranging to support the flower stems in the arrangement.
Our laurel shrubs are covered in their signature white spring blooms, so I cut some greenery with blooms as a base for the arrangement.
Alstroemeria and Charmelia from the grocery store provide some spring pink and yellow color to the arrangement.
Our Bridal Wreath Spirea has been beautiful this spring and I added some sprigs to tuck in the arrangement.
For a long-lasting arrangement, add a packet of commercial floral preservative to the water that comes with your flowers. If you don’t have any floral preservative you can mix your own with this easy formula:
Mix one part lemon-lime soda (regular, not diet) to three parts water, along with 1/2 teaspoon of bleach. The citric acid in the soda helps the water travel up the stems to the flowers more rapidly, while providing food in the form of sugar. The bleach helps fight the growth of bacteria, allowing the flowers to stay hydrated and fresh.
Other tips to help your cut flowers last:
Cut the stems of your flowers at a 45-degree angle one inch from the bottom for maximum water uptake.
Remove all leaves below the waterline to prevent bacteria in the water.
Keep your arrangement out of direct sunlight.
If possible, change your water in your arrangement every two days.
A Ralph Lauren Antibes Floral Red tablecloth was blooming on the aisles of HomeGoods back in March. I love the cottage garden feeling that it evoked. It’s providing a floral foundation for a set of Portmeirion Botanic Garden plates.
Cabbage leaf plates add a little spring green to frame the botanical plates, while willow chargers provide some contrasting texture.
Our azaleas are popping this week
Portmeirion Botanic Garden flatware is a favorite pattern to use in the spring with the embossed blooms and butterflies.
Visit my blogging friends to see their beautiful floral inspiration this week:
Pam at Everyday Living
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse
Shirley at Housepitality Designs
Dinnerware / Portmeirion Botanic Garden, used here
Cabbage Chargers / Bordallo Pinheiro, Tuesday Morning, several years ago
Willow Chargers / HomeGoods, last fall
Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside
Flatware / Portmeirion Botanic Garden
Ralph Lauren Antibes Floral Red Tablecloth & Napkins / HomeGoods, used here
Urn / retail days