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Garden Bluebell Arrangement

Garden Bluebell Arrangement

Introduction

To add a touch of green -- and even more visual interest -- we tucked some fuzzy lamb's ears into the bouquets. A pair of matching ceramic vases anchor them gracefully.

A stout glass vessel placed in the cast-iron urn is doing most of the work here. Gather enough stems of Spanish bluebells and blossoming chive for a dense arrangement; we used several dozen of each.

Hyacinthoides hispanic -- so named because it is native to Spain -- has rigid stems that grow 8 to 20 inches tall and dangling blossoms, each only about 3/4 inch long when fully mature. The plants thrive in deciduous forests, where they tend to huddle in tightly packed clumps. This sun-speckled patch grows in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City.

materials

  • Vessel

  • Floral preservative

  • Chive blossoms

  • Bluebells

steps

  1. Fill the vessel (ours was 8 inches tall and 6 inches wide) with water; add a floral preservative according to the package instructions.

  2. Working clockwise, lay the chive blossoms around the rim of the urn so that their stems overlap.

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  3. To finish, tuck the bluebells among the spiraling chives, working from the center out. Keep the arrangement in a cool area, away from direct sunlight, and change the water every other day.

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