Boston flower lovers adore filling anything that will hold water and a few stems of blossoms. Typically, we think of larger pieces when designing floral arrangements believing that bigger is always better. For me, it’s the smaller details that catch my eye and inspire new creations in and around my home. One of my favorite flower displays is my springtime bud vase collection that I’ve gathered from hand me downs, family heirlooms, yard sales and wherever else I might spot a unique vessel. The array of color and material are eclectic to say the least, which is the most beautiful characteristic that they possess. Different sizes and different shapes when filled with the right flowers can sometimes make a bigger impact that an enormous centerpiece. The trick is to select the right stems for the right budvase and place them in the right section of the room utilizing the interior décor and lighting. Since Boston is finally beginning to show signs of spring, you’ll have no trouble finding stunning sprigs of life that will compliment this look. Here are a few suggestions for designing smaller floral displays that I hope will help get you into the creative mood!
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Clean Your Vase Ware
Making sure that the budvases are thoroughly clean is one of the most important aspects of successfully displaying a smaller arrangement. Smudges, dirt and grime can distract the eye line and create a messy and tattered look. Giving the glassware a nice soaking in the sink or a good run through the dishwasher is imperative before arranging the flowers. Use a gentle soap such as Dove and stay away from any cleaner that is strong and stringent. If you have a piece that has an opening that’s too small to scrub with a sponge or even your finger, grab a Q-Tip because it works wonders.
Pansies or Posies
Once everything is sparkling clean, the big decision lies within choosing the right flowers for the right budvase. Luckily, we have some excellent options available to us now including lily of the valley, grape hyacinth and crocus. Depending on the width of the mouth, only place a few sprigs within each to avoid overcrowding and breakage. Boston florists can also be helpful because items such as gerbera daisies, roses and other imported varieties might also be delightful additions.
photo credit: Flower Factor
The shading of the vase may seem to control what flower fits inside but don’t be afraid to design out of the box. White does not always have to go with white and blue does not always have to go with blue. Try to flip your color control and break away from traditional matching techniques. The more we bend the rules when designing tiny bouquets, the more attractive it will become and the stronger the reaction to the piece. Go out on a limb and pair red with green or purple with orange. Place these beautiful specimens in a well-lit window and watch them wow anyone who passes by!