Spring Entertaining: Tulips With Yard Clippings

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Tulips With Yard Clippings

Southerners are most closely inspired by the beauty around them so when a lovely floral arrangement is needed when entertaining, often times a walk around the grounds leads to exciting discoveries that make for pretty centerpieces. A simple bouquet of tulips from your local market can be dressed for most any occasion with a few freshly snipped sprigs. Once the color palate has been chosen & the table set, the flowers & clippings can be arranged quickly. Plan to make a collection of them using a similar combination for a cohesive look. Several small, low flower arrangements make a big impact when lined up down the center of the table or distribute them throughout the space on islands & bar carts. Learn how to create a stunning floral arrangement using items snipped from your yard.

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How To Handcraft A Bouquet Of Tulips With Yard Clippings

Beautiful flower arrangements should change with the seasons so begin by choosing items currently in bloom. Savvy southerners know to have a few evergreen & perennial neutral elements planted around their outdoor space that can be used to compliment flowers from their own yard or a bouquet from the corner market. These arrangements are designed to be effortless & fast to prepare since entertaining involves many fine details as the event draws closer. Start by choosing a selection of simple beverage glasses & vases with clean lines to really allow your bouquets to shine.

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The Technique

Once you are familiar with several plant varieties, making your own flower arrangements can be fun & fulfilling. If you don’t have these garden staples growing in your green space, pick them up now & plant them either in pots or in your yard that can be used in a number of lovely ways.

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The Profile 

Autumn Fern

Although many perennial fern varieties such as Southern Shield & Cinnamon Fern do not emerge until it gets much warmer outside, Autumn Fern is an evergreen variety you should consider planting on the grounds as the fronds can be relied on throughout the year to provide bold, green color to arrangements. The fronds & blades are sturdy holding up well long after blooms fade so they can be transferred to different vessels & used to make new arrangements that can be displayed throughout your indoor space. Place them on bedside tables, vanities & kitchen sink ledges for instant impact.

When smaller flower arrangements are in order for entertaining, trim the fern fronds to keep the look scale. Autumn Fern can grow rather large so simply cut one frond & use just a few of the larger pinna near the base. In order to do this, trim it away from the axis using garden shears & remove several of the pinnules or subleaflets to create a long enough piece from the pinna so that it will stay hydrated in the vase.

Creeping Jenny

Creeping Jenny is a perennial that begins to reemerge in gardens around March or when the weather delivers unseasonably warm stretches. The new growth offers a bright, chartreuse contrast to the deep, rich color from the fern. It’s an invasive plant so once it begins to thrive either divide it often to use throughout other areas in your garden or keep it in a contained location. It’s excellent to use in pots as it stays low but trails down the sides to soften hard edges beautifully.

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The Tulips With Yard Clippings

 Choose a beverage glass or vase.
Snip 10 to 12 tulip stems with garden shears in a few varying heights & place in the vessel.
The blooms should rest just above the lip of the glass. 

Tuck in the Autumn Fern & the Creeping Jenny.
Balance the clippings throughout the arrangement.
Odd numbered combinations work well. 
Fill the glass with water & use throughout entertaining spaces. 

The Tune
“Pennies From Heaven” Billie Holiday 

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