Old Mission Flowers is officially open for the season!
Despite yesterday's snow forecast we currently have daffodils and tulips for picking. I hauled all of my delicate plants inside this weekend for safe protection from the elements. Hopefully soon it will be safe to put them in the ground.
Here are some important tips and inspiration for picking and arranging daffodils and tulips.
Daffodils: Cut daffodil stems long, you can always make them shorter. Daffodils and all narcissus are best by themselves for the first day before mixing with other flowers in a vase because they“dirty” the vase water. I don’t use anything in the water with them.
Tulips: Cut tulips right above the first big leaf as you are going down the stem. (Often there are one or two small leaves) . It’s important to use scissors or nippers – please don’t just break them because it makes the bulb susceptible to a virus. Tulips are one of the few flowers that keep elongating after they are cut and they will also bend toward the light. A little flower food or sugar will keep them looking perky for a longer period of time.
I change the water and re-cut the stems (just a bit) every day.
Pictures tell the story of some arranging ideas.
Twine wrapped short vase:
The trick is to make sure all the trumpets are facing outward and are the same length. I hold them by their necks to even them up and then chop the ends. Start with the stems a little longer than you think you need, you can always cut again. The rubber band should be snug but not tight because you want to twist the stems in one direction so that the bottoms fan out. This keeps the flowers from all flopping to the sides of the vase. I wrapped with some jute to hide the rubber band, a clear band would work if you want the stems exposed or a ribbon.
Daffodils with Petoskey and Leland Blue Stones
This was amazingly simple. I taped around the square container with florists tape because there was a rough edge, but it also looked nice with the green band. I used a “frog” that was about the size of a 50 cent piece. I had this, but have seen them for sale at Pine Hill Village Gardens.
Face all the blooms outward and cut them to the same length. Put a rubber band around the base of the stems and roll it up the stems so that it is just under the flowers. Hold the bottom of the stems together and jab them into the frog.
I used Petoskey and Leland Blue stones around the base, but glass beads or marbles would also work.
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