This time of year is a transition period in the nursery and the greenhouse, and, quite honestly, we’re ready for the change of seasons.
What goes into pretty plantings for parties and gifts is changing too. We’re nearing the end of the late winter primroses, forced bulbs, and pansies and looking forward to all the spring flowers to work with next.
Before we move on, though, I wanted to bring you some of the things we’ve been doing – from a dough bowl filled with flowers and herbs to glazed pots with pretty blooms, a simple green pot with beautiful foliage, and one made with lichen branches wired together to create a container. There’s always something to create, and what fun it is!
None of the flowers we use are cut. We work with live plants, so the longevity is much better than a fresh flower arrangement, and, as an added bonus, many of the plants can be used outside, either in containers or in the ground when it’s time to take the whole thing apart. Think lettuce, herbs and forced bulbs planted in the garden!
A planting that will continue to grow, either in the house or on a bright porch once the weather warms, is this green glazed bowl, filled with a rhizomatous begonia, an aluminum plant and some selaginella. It would be a pretty addition for Saint Patrick’s Day!
And here are the lichen branches I wired and glued together to make a container. When the primrose is played out, another plant can easily be slipped into its spot with the frosted selaginella and creeping jenny…or an entirely new planting could be created! We have quite a few of these lichen branches that Jamie found and that we’re playing with. If you’d like us to incorporate something like this into one of your planters, let us know.
Finally, here’s a teal pot, filled completely with pretty blooms. Soon these flowers won’t be available, but by then we’ll be ready to move on to a new season and more creative possibilities. For now, though, it’s enough to have spring in a pretty bowl – and who wouldn’t like that?