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Spring Bulbs Basket

Introduction

Here we celebrate purple and honor the early springtime landscape by bringing it inside -- and turning the mantel into a garden path. The rectangular baskets in a range of heights mimic the rows of plants you'd find in a well-tended backyard border. As a homage to the traditional hay covering used when forcing bulbs, we covered the soil on these with straw. All of the purple flowers, except the pansies, come from bulbs and can be bought potted at your local nursery (from left): Crocus 'Ruby Giant,' Pansy 'Delta Blue Blotch,' P. 'Delta Dark Blue Blotch,' Hyacinth 'Blue Pearl,' glory-of-the-snow, and Iris 'J.S. Dijt.'

 

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2006

Reviews (7)

  • 26 Mar, 2008

    I love wood basket and we use very much for prasentation and special table

  • 25 Mar, 2008

    I love flooding my house with bulbs this time of year, the fragrance is wonderful and the color, so nice. I like densely packing them in baskets or cache pots topped with freshly harvested moss (or straw is nice); or rinsing off already sprouting bulbs and placing them on stones in a clear container so you can watch the root development. I always put hyacinths in my childrens rooms this time of year, they love using their senses to enjoy spring developing.

  • 25 Mar, 2008

    I love flooding my house with bulbs this time of year, the fragrance is wonderful and the color, so nice. I like densely packing them in baskets or cache pots topped with freshly harvested moss (or straw is nice); or rinsing off already sprouting bulbs and placing them on stones in a clear container so you can watch the root development. I always put hyacinths in my childrens rooms this time of year, they love using their senses to enjoy spring developing.

  • 25 Mar, 2008

    This is an easy and inexpensive way to bring cheery spring colors inside. It will carry me while I wait for the snow to melt. I plan to use various shades of pink. Local craft stores always have baskets that come with plastic liners.

  • 25 Mar, 2008

    Great idea. I don't have a mantel to decorate, but I do have a table that I do seasonal. Just took down Easter and was wondering how to do Spring. Now I know. Thanks. I love this web sight.

  • 25 Mar, 2008

    So, I assume you hunt for the size basket your mantel dictates at a craft store or weave them yourself...whatever baskets you use would need to have plastic liners...(I might have nerve enough to use heavy duty foil to line the basekt.)...also, they could be used individually all over the house instead of the suggested 'garden path' on the mantel...the straw is a nice idea...a long narrow basket or a large round one, would be perfect on the dining room table...

  • 25 Mar, 2008

    This picture is just so inspiring. I'm going out tomorrow and decorate our mantel. Thanks for the inspiration!!! Picture to follow.