Floral Arrangement with Tulips, Roses and Citrus + Pink Transferware Table

Create a flower arrangement and centerpiece for your table incorporating citrus with these easy shortcuts and tips, no floral foam required.

DIY Floral Arrangement with Tulips, Roses, Hyacinths and Citrus | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #centerpiece #DIY

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

with my Monday Morning Blooms’ friends!

You’ll find my blogging friends’ links to their blooming creations at the bottom of this post.

DIY Floral Arrangement with Tulips, Roses, Hyacinths and Citrus | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #centerpiece #DIY

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!

DIY Floral Arrangement with Tulips, Roses, Carnations and Citrus | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #centerpiece #DIY

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!

DIY Flower arrangement with mason jars| ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #centerpiece #DIY #masonjars

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.

DIY Flower arrangement with mason jars | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #centerpiece #DIY #masonjars

Plastic grocery store bags seem to multiply overnight at our house,

despite returning them to the store to recycle and using reusable shopping bags.

DIY Flower arrangement with mason jars | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #centerpiece #DIY #masonjars

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.

DIY Floral Arrangement with Tulips, Roses, Hyacinths, Carnations and Citrus | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #centerpiece #DIY

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.

DIY Floral Arrangement with Tulips, Roses, Hyacinths, Carnations and Citrus | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #centerpiece #DIY

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!

DIY Floral Arrangement with Tulips, Roses, Hyacinths, Carnations and Citrus | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #centerpiece #DIY

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.

DIY Floral Arrangement with Citrus | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #centerpiece #DIY

Here is the completed arrangement, serving as a centerpiece for the table. . .

DIY Floral Arrangement with Tulips, Roses, Hyacinths, Carnations and Citrus | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #centerpiece #DIY

This pretty pink transferware pattern, Bristol Pink (Cream) by Crown Ducal,

belonged to my husband’s grandmother.

Bristol Pink (Cream) by Crown Ducal | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes

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 . . .

DIY Floral Arrangement with Citrus and Pink Transferware Table | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #centerpiece #DIY #tablescapes

Napkins are blooming with a floral print, paired with a red and white

ticking stripe and floral ceramic napkin rings. . .

Floral napkins and red ticking stripe with pink transferware | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes

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.

DIY Floral Arrangement Table Centerpiece with Citrus and Pink Transferware | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #centerpiece #DIY #tablescapes

Table Details:

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

DIY Floral Arrangement with Tulips, Roses, Hyacinths, Carnations and Citrus | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #centerpiece #DIY

Visit my talented blogging friends to see their bloom creations this week:

Pam at Everyday Living

Shirley at Housepitality Designs

DIY Floral Arrangement with Tulips, Roses, Hyacinths and Citrus | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #centerpiece #DIY

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.

DIY Floral Arrangement with Tulips, Roses, Hyacinths, Carnations and Citrus | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #flowers #centerpiece #DIY

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  47 comments for “Floral Arrangement with Tulips, Roses and Citrus + Pink Transferware Table

  1. Jane
    February 17, 2020 at 6:13 am

    Good Monday Morning!
    So beautiful and cheerful. Great start to our day.
    The China is gorgeous!
    Thanks to you and your friends for sharing……

  2. February 17, 2020 at 6:33 am

    Can you see me jumping up and down waving my hands, arms and entire body to say “no more rain”! We need to pour our driveway so that we can move in! However, you chased my “rain soaked blues” away when I saw this most beautiful table!…oh the flowers how perfectly they are placed in that galvanized caddy. Would you believe i almost placed my flowers in an antique wooden caddy that I came across in the storage abyss. I so love the vintage pink transferware. I have a few pieces of that pattern in blue (reproduction) and one of my favorite patterns. I must say that you had me at the napkin! A most beautiful compliment to the entire table. You find the best things at HomeGoods. Have a fabulous day Mary, hopefully without rain. So happy to be joining you to day on MMB!

  3. February 17, 2020 at 6:45 am

    So very lovely Mary! Red and white always grabs my attention!

    Happy Monday to you!

  4. February 17, 2020 at 6:47 am

    Mary, I actually gasped when I opened up your post this morning! What a beautiful combination of flowers and table for my winter weary eyes! I would love to find some tulips like those, your grocery store has the most gorgeous blooms! Thank you for the floral tips and beauty you share with all of us.

  5. Joy
    February 17, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Oh my word…I agree with Kathy! Your flowers are SO gorgeous and I love the combination of the pinks, yellows and oranges. Thank you for such a beautiful start to my day. Your site is like opening up my favorite magazine. Happy Monday Mary. 🌷🍋🍊💐💕

  6. Rita C.
    February 17, 2020 at 7:16 am


  7. Ellen
    February 17, 2020 at 7:46 am

    MARY! Here I am waving frantically 👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻!!!! Love the arrangement and the addition of oranges are a hats off to Florida and it’s sunshine! Thank you!!

  8. Mary from
    February 17, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Gorgeous centerpiece! You do everything so well!

  9. Kitty
    February 17, 2020 at 8:05 am

    Good morning, Mary! Your centerpiece is certainly bursting with sunshine and made me smile 😊 this morning. The color combo, along with the citrus, makes your whole table a cheery one. I love your treasured pink transferware so very much. Thank you for all your helpful tips. 🥰

  10. February 17, 2020 at 8:35 am

    Love love love this, spring has sprung too early here, the whole month with no rain is frightening, although the garden is brightening we need winter to return. Your arrangement is gorgeous, I adore citrus touches, oranges and hyacinths, be still my swooning nose!

  11. February 17, 2020 at 8:46 am

    Oh Mary, you gals are really brightening up my gloomy Monday! I ❤️ your arrangement, my favorite colors and flowers so happily combined 🌼🌺🌷 The tulips are gorgeous, and the skewered fruit not only looks great but I bet it smells wonderful too! I have been buying flowers by the armload too, to keep these winter days cheery. I love this long and low arrangement and such a good idea to use grocery bags. The pink transferware is delightful with your flowers…I have pinned several photos for future paintings 🎨 💕

  12. February 17, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Mary, you certainly put sunshine into my foggy and gray morning. The caddy is perfect for all of the beautiful and colorful blooms and citrus. I found no tulips last week, and was so hoping for some. The pink transferware is so lovely and I know a treasure to have. Our winter has been rain, gray skies, and warm temperatures. It is supposed to be cold later in the week. It is always a treat to share Monday Morning Blooms with you ♥️

  13. Vicki
    February 17, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Wow, Mary, this centerpiece is gorgeous! So colorful with interesting textures throughout! You always make things so beautiful. The photos speak for themselves. Again, I say “Wow”!

  14. Virginia
    February 17, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Good Morning Mary, you have pulled together an absolutely beautiful table with all the right ingredients. Thank you for sharing your creative talents and the instructions for creating this gorgeous arrangement and table design. You certainly have made my day brighter. Thank you.

  15. Jane Greene
    February 17, 2020 at 9:09 am

    What a beautiful blog to wake up to this morning! Love the arrangement and love your transferware. Transferware is one of my favorites :) I especially love the fact that your arrangement is low enough to hold conversations with others when it is placed on a dining room table.

  16. Kim in NC
    February 17, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Gorgeous! I love everything about this. The flowers and the fruit together look so fresh and the colors you paired together are just beautiful. The addition of the vintage china is so pretty too. The guests at this table would be very lucky.

  17. Camille Morhan
    February 17, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Great ideas that you have passed on to your readers. Thank you

  18. Brenda
    February 17, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Just gorgeous! Your table looks so awesome! I just want to sit there and have a glass of wine and breathe it all in!

  19. Jag johnson
    February 17, 2020 at 10:03 am

    On the best advice is to vary sizes of blooms more. The arrangement is pretty much same size blooms. A first lesson in floral design. Everybody seems to be against foam these days there are many other ways to save the planet then restricting the use of 1 or 2 blocks of floral foam which is now available in a degradablev format The average consumer would find it very difficult to get all these flowers into those small jars you used. And the cost of this retail would be approximately $250 beyond the scope of most people ,,,nice effort. I love fruit in arrangement but you fail to mention it gives of ethylene gas which will cause your flowers to die quicker

    • February 17, 2020 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks for your design, monetary and longevity concerns regarding my flower arrangement. It seems many are divided with varying opinions on floral foam. I try not to use it if possible, opting for chicken wire whenever possible instead. The Ball Elite Jars have a 3” mouth which can hold a lot of floral stems; additionally, some of the roses were spray roses, with a single stem for multiple blooms. Anyone can place flowers in jars with no special skills required, whereas many are intimidated by using floral foam. As far as ethylene gas, I have mentioned that concern before with regards to incorporating fruit in an arrangement, just not on this post as it was a citrus challenge. One of the benefits of using the jars instead of foam is you can remove the flowers as that start to fade without wrecking the design, as a dying flower releases ethylene gas too, that will hasten the decline of other flowers in your arrangement.
      As far as budget, I like showing and using grocery store flowers that are very affordable with $4 for a small bunch to $20 for a mixed bouquet. The week proceeding Valentine’s Day, the grocery stores were packed with bundles, all affordably priced. I totaled up my flowers which admittedly is more than I spend on a regular basis for a floral post, but still well under what a florist would charge for a 24-inch long arrangement: (2) $4 bunches of carnations, (2) $9.99 bunches of roses, $12 for hyacinths and $12 for tulips for a total of $52 for flowers, plus the cost of citrus. Nowhere close to $250.

      • Biodynamic Barb
        February 17, 2020 at 1:15 pm

        Thank you for this response! I would add that even biodegradable foam leaves behind small pieces of foam. They say these pieces are “environmentally neutral” but I don’t trust “them”. I’d rather reuse something, as you do, than add to our already overfull landfills.

        Regarding that cost of the arrangement, I prefer to buy faux flowers that last indefinitely and don’t require expensive next-day shipping from wherever they’re ‘grown’. Your displays illustrate how different colors can be combined, regardless of the source or variety of the bloom. Faux flowers aren’t affected by ethylene gas….

        I LOVE this table and have already sourced the cloth so that I can recreate it. The color combination is sublime.

  20. February 17, 2020 at 10:18 am

    Love all that you do and share! Thank you!

  21. Linda
    February 17, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Absolutely Gorgeous Mary!!!

  22. joan riker
    February 17, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Of all your beautiful arrangements, this one steals the show ! WOWZA !

  23. Bonnie Morgan
    February 17, 2020 at 11:31 am

    Gorgeous arrangement and stunning tablescape! I love the flowers you found! The pink and yellow tulips are so sweet and the roses, carnations plus the citrus and hyacinths look wonderful in your galvanized caddy! I know the hyacinths smell heavenly and the touch of white was perfect.
    I love your husband’s grandmother’s transferware. You have made every element on your table shine. Those napkins are so pretty and matelasse´ is always my go-to choice for a tablecloth.
    I am waving my hand frantically also. It has rained so much!

  24. Jan McF
    February 17, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Mary, your floral arrangement and tablescape was fabulous!
    So Valentine and Spring at the same time. Loved it!

    • Kitty Miele
      February 17, 2020 at 8:47 pm

      What a gorgeous arrangement! Loved all the pinks, yellows and greens. And the fruit too, ethylene gas notwithstanding. Like you, I enjoy grocery store flowers and we get a wonderful selection here in Washington State, a happy thing to help us through our long gray winters. Thanks so much for a beautiful start to the week.

      Kitty M

  25. Doris
    February 17, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    ……and you always make MY day. Thank you for your beautiful posts!

  26. Pamela
    February 17, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Hi Mary! I absolutely love it when you pair florals and fruit. Just lovely!

  27. Clara
    February 17, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    What a cheerful arrangement Mary! The colors are so pretty. Love the tulips! The galvanized caddy is perfect. I enjoyed the tablescape as well. My hands flew up in the air when you asked if we were tired of gray skies & rain! Happy Monday to you! Clara ♥️

  28. February 17, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    This has to be the prettiest arrangement that I’ve seen – thank you! I’m definitely giving it a try this spring.

  29. February 17, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Great color and no doubt it smells amazing too Mary-enjoy:@)

  30. Liz
    February 17, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Wow this is so beautiful! What a lovely array of flowers and the colors are yummy! Those are beautiful dishes and go well with the flowers. Love the fresh cut citrus- I know how that must smell!

  31. February 18, 2020 at 12:22 am

    You certainly cheered me up. Love the transferware and those napkins remind me of my mother’s old tablecloth.
    In the big picture, a picture of happiness gets more respect than climate changers and naysayers.

  32. Cyndi Raines
    February 18, 2020 at 1:10 am

    Mary, you have outdone yourself once again, this is absolutely gorgeous! The addition of the fruit is awesome, like instant sunshine! We all love everything you create and we have learned so much from you, thank you for always sharing and educating us on so many things. Please contine! 😘 ♥️♥️♥️

  33. Susan B
    February 18, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Mary, the colors in the arrangement are gorgeous. I love all the citrus that you added, it adds color and cheeriness. Thank you for sharing all this beauty with us.

  34. Yvonne
    February 18, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    Have not used citrus in flower arrangements in years but how pretty!!! I have some oranges that are a little past the edible stage in the fridge but would work just fine with florals. Looks like a trip to the grocery store for flowers is in order.

  35. February 18, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    This is one stunning Floral arrangement! Sitting here with 2 1/2 feet of snow I can most certainly appreciate this delightful combination of tulips, citrus and roses. Also, thank you for these neat tips on how to make our own arrangements with some items that we might just have around the house. I always appreciate your talents and creativty!

  36. February 18, 2020 at 11:33 pm

    Mary, this is a wonderful mix of blooms, and adding in the cirtus adds visual texture and the scent of orange. I like the idea! I use grocery store flowers too, especially Trader Joe’s. They are reasonable in price, and the variety is amazing. We rarely recycle glass jelly or yogart jars these days. Instead they get reused or repurpsed as containers for various things, flowers included! Always a joy to see your arrangements!

  37. Chloe Crabtree
    February 19, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Your arrangement is so beautiful with all of the citrusy colors combined with the citrus fruits!

  38. Gina
    February 18, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Stunning floral arrangement! Such talent!

  39. Linda
    February 21, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    I’m running out of words…..your arrangements and tablescapes are so gorgeous! I just love the colors and the way the flowers and citrus are so fitting for this galvanized trough! I enjoyed all of the Monday Morning Blooms arrangements so much! Thank you!

  40. Barbara at Mantel and Table
    February 24, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    Oh my gosh Mary – this is simply stunning!! These are my favorite colors and flowers and everything! I’m with Linda above – running out of words! GORGEOUS!

  41. Kim
    February 24, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    Oh wow! This is beautiful Mary – the flowers are such pretty colors and the citrus is the perfect touch. Such creativity and inspiration – thank you for sharing!

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