We’ve all had that overzealous moment during a mild (relatively speaking) February day when we toy with the notion of packing our parka away for the year, along with those pesky gloves, static-causing scarf, and hair-flattening hat. However, something always brings us back to our senses, and most likely it’s a sharp chill from the very air we were sure had finally softened.
While it may not be spring outside just yet, we can surely brighten our spirits and shore up our fortitude while holding out inside our homes. Let’s check in with Larissa Schroeder, our Weekly Floral Design Manager, on how to spruce up our dwellings for the remainder of our hibernation.
Larissa recommends blooming branches to bring a little bit of the (desired) outdoors in. Among her favorites are quince, forsythia, and cherry:
Not only are these branches surprisingly long-lasting (just like our old friend winter), Larissa loves them for their slow blooming process. “It happens in stages, and is super fun to watch,” she notes. “It will give you something to look forward to, which we all need right now.”
Unbloomed quince branches vitalize gradually. 7-10 days will begin to yield delightful surprises.
Because of their length, tall, deep vases are best for blooming branches. Larissa tends to favor traditional glass vases and whites in the springtime for a light, fresh look. Solid, opaque or tinted glass vases are a must, as the branches release residue and make for dirty water. Here are some fun options:
It’s hard not to feel cheery with these profuse blooms in the room. Branches are beautifully versatile: they can be packed tightly in full bunches, or fanned out for a subtle, stark look.
Forsythia and Cherry branches
Favor flowers over branches? If bought in bulb form, both hyacinths and tulips are a long-lasting, gratifying serving of spring. Like branches, hyacinths bloom slowly and will fill any room with a delightful spring fragrance.
As the winter lingers on, perhaps you need a quicker fix.
Freshly-cut hyacinths or tulips, as well as daffodils are also readily available options. “Everyone instantly lights up in their presence,” says Larissa of tulips, noting that they are definitely a harbinger for spring. “Something interesting about tulips that many people probably don’t know is that they are one of the only flowers that will continue to grow after being cut.”
Daffodils and Hyacinth to the rescue.
Cut flowers won’t last as long as the branches and bulbs, but they will instantly brighten your mood, and, hey, maybe winter will take the hint.
Don’t have much of a green thumb (or not up for getting your thumbs dirty)?
Remember that we also do daily floral orders at HMR.
Call us today and we’ll be happy to help you ward off the end-of-winter blues.
Special thanks to Larissa for all of her contributions.