Garden Bluebell Arrangement
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.
Fill the vessel (ours was 8 inches tall and 6 inches wide) with water; add a floral preservative according to the package instructions.
Working clockwise, lay the chive blossoms around the rim of the urn so that their stems overlap.
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.