Create a flower arrangement and centerpiece for your table incorporating citrus with these easy shortcuts and tips, no floral foam required.
Raise your hand if you could use some flower therapy and some sunshine–> me, frantically waving my hand! It’s been a dreary, rainy February with more rain ahead this week in the forecast, so I’m happy to have some flower therapy to look forward to from my Monday Morning Blooms’ friends!
You’ll find my blogging friends’ links to their blooming creations at the bottom of this post.
Our theme for this week’s edition of Monday Morning Blooms was ‘citrus’. Citrus fruit adds a welcome burst of sunshine in winter, at its peak of freshness, and when it’s at its sweetest and most juicy!
I incorporated oranges and lemons in my arrangement, keeping some of the fruit whole, and slicing some in half to enjoy a fresh burst of aromatherapy too!
I started with a galvanized caddy for a centerpiece for the table that I have used before with flowers, incorporating pumpkins and gourds for fall. I used mason jars inside the caddy to hold the flowers. Ball Elite Wide Mouth Pint Jars are just the right height (3.75 inches) for the caddy. Using individual jars is an eco-friendly alternative to wet floral foam in an arrangement and makes it easy to replace individual flowers as they fade, win-win.
Plastic grocery store bags seem to multiply overnight at our house, despite returning them to the store to recycle and using reusable shopping bags.
I used the bags to help space the jars in the caddy and to keep them from shifting once they’re filled with water and flowers.
I felt like a kid in a candy store this past week with the explosion of flowers at the grocery store for Valentine’s Day! I brought home some pink and yellow tulips, along with roses and carnations.
I went back to the store pick up some hyacinths to add to the arrangement, deciding the pinks and yellows would benefit from a pop of white. . . a fragrant addition as the hyacinths smell wonderful too!
Bamboo skewers from the grocery store are a favorite flower arranging tool when incorporating fruits and veggies in an arrangement. You can break them off to the height needed, to add to your vase or jars to hold the citrus.
Here is the completed arrangement, serving as a centerpiece for the table. . .
This pretty pink transferware pattern, Bristol Pink (Cream) by Crown Ducal, belonged to my husband’s grandmother.
I love the combination of the birds with the flowers, as well as the scalloped edges of the plates. I usually display it rather than eat on it, due to its age and as most pieces have heavy crazing.
A white matelassé coverlet provides a foundation for table, serving as a tablecloth . . .
Napkins are blooming with a floral print, paired with a red and white ticking stripe and floral ceramic napkin rings. . .
Here are few tips to help extend the life of your flowers in your arrangement:
💐 Cut your flower stems at a 45 degree angle for maximum water uptake and remove any leaves below the water line.
💐 Always add the floral preservative packets to your vase water that come with your flowers from the store. If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula.
💐 Check your water level to top it off if necessary. Some flowers like hydrangeas are heavy drinkers.
💐 If you’re using cut hydrangeas, use the alum-dipping method to keep them from wilting.
💐 Change your vase water every other day if possible.
💐 Keep your flower arrangement away from heat (like vents blowing) or direct sunlight.
Bristol Pink (Cream) by Crown Ducal / vintage
White dinner plates / Paula Deen Whitaker
White Chargers / HomeGoods, several years ago
Galvanized Chargers / Pier 1, several years ago
Galvanized Caddy / HomeGoods, a couple of years ago
Flatware / Wallace Luxe
Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside
Napkins / HomeGoods
Napkin Rings / consignment store
Visit my talented blogging friends to see their bloom creations this week:
Pam at Everyday Living
Shirley at Housepitality Designs
Our friend Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse was unable to join us this week. We look forward to her joining us for the next MMB on March 3rd.