Spring Decorating Ideas

A Visually Striking Springtime: Daffodils and Dogwood Stems

This arrangement brings a fresh, vibrant optical illusion to any kitchen table, windowsill or even bathroom. It may look complicated and fully floral but the barely-seen glass vase makes its creation a snap.

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Arrange the Bulbs

Remove the bulbs from their pots and arrange them on top of the soil. Fill the gaps around the bulbs with more soil and press it down gently with your fingers. Moisten the flowers and soil with a misting of water.

Narcissi Bulbs in Clear Glass VaseEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Arrange the Moss

Carefully cut the excess cellophane away with the scissors so that it can’t be seen above the trimmed dogwood stems. Arrange moss over the soil so that it is completely hidden, and give the flowers another misting.

Stems on DisplayEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Insider Tips

When you buy spring bulbs in pots, avoid any pot-bound plants with roots that have spread out from the base of the pot; they usually experience reduced growth. Instead, look for plants with good green foliage and no brown or yellow leaf tips.

To get the maximum pleasure from an arrangement like this, keep it in a cool room away from heat sources such as radiators and out of direct sunshine so that the buds open slowly and the flowers stay alive longer. The flowers should last up to two weeks if you buy bulbs with their flowers still in bud. An occasional misting of the flowers and soil — perhaps every two to three days — ensures that the display will remain in good condition for as long as possible.

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Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

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