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Kwanzan Cherry ArrangementAfter a long, gray winter, color is welcome around the home. Whether these arrangements grace your entryway or your spring table, they are sure to brighten any day.
As an alternative to the usual flowery branch arrangement, leave the limbs on the tree and cut just a few short-stemmed flowers. The fringed, full petals and glossy brown leaf tips of this 'Kwanzan' cherry are all you need for a hot-pink teacup arrangement. Almost any blooming tree or shrub – apple, magnolia, mock orange, deutzia – will also work.
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Garden Shrub ArrangementSpring is often a season of bright yellows or blues and vivid contrasts. For the sake of variety, try a different tack: a muted color scheme of white, pale green, and a hint of blush pink. Old-fashioned garden shrubs like viburnum and bridal-veil spiraea add a touch of wilderness to florist flowers such as anemones.
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Daffodil in Faux Bois Arrangement
A faux-bois container is filled with dozens of golden Ice Follies and Erlicheer, a fragrant double daffodil.
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Pitcher Still Life Arrangement
These sleek handleless pitchers hold sprawling stems of bridal wreath and American larch.
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Crabapple Blossom Arrangement
A few crab-apple boughs fill a bathroom window. They are sheltered from harsh sun by a gauzy, light-diffusing curtain and benefit from the room's humid air, which helps maintain the blossoms' freshness. A semitransparent cylindrical vase shows off the lines of the lower branches while providing a clean counterpoint to the splay of blooms above its rim.
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Tall Tulip Arrangement
The slender Juliska glass vase is a perfect container for long-stemmed Darwin tulips. Cut the stems as long as the vase and line them up as straight as possible.
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Purple and White Arrangement
This simple glass container shows off a wonderful mix of tulips, white bleeding hearts, and the wavy leaves of bird's-nest fern.
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Daffodil Wicker Vase Arrangement
Quail, Professor Einstein, and Delibes daffodils mix with tulips, viburnum, lily of the valley, and lady's mantle. Before putting daffodils with other flowers, change the water frequently until their toxic sap dissipates.
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Simple Daffodil Bouquet Arrangement
Narcissus 'Actaea,' N. 'Mint Julep' and N. 'Polar Ice' daffodils are snipped low to the ground and then bundled with raffia in "hand-tied" bouquets that stand in cylindrical glasses to emphasize their height.
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Spring Watering Can Arrangement
A watering can holding cut spring blossoms, given to simply celebrate the season, will continue to nurture flowers long after the bouquet is gone.
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Lilac's subtle color variations are perfect for creating painterly, layered arrangements. Gather blooms in two or more hues, and group them by color gradation in a heavy vase.
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Fritillarias and Epimediums Arrangement
Unless you get down on the ground to scrutinize small woodland flowers, it's easy to overlook their exquisite shapes and patterned petals. But clip a few stems of each for a pair of antique lab beakers, and details suddenly become clear; the mini-orchard stack of epimediums, the variations on bell-like fritillarias.
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Lily of the Valley Place Setting Arrangement
Add some flower power to your next spring table with mini arrangements of seasonal lilies of the valley for each guest. (A cluster of them in the center of the table would also look very elegant.) Choose a small glass or votive, and fill it most of the way with sheet moss. Arrange the flowers in your hand first (we used several blooms, along with a couple of leaves), and then push them down into the moss. Secure their upright position by covering with more moss, and add water to keep them fresh. Let everyone know they can take one home as a party favor -- the flowers will last a few days if kept hydrated.
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Tiered Bouquet Arrangement
Enliven your next buffet with an arrangement of eggcup bouquets displayed on cake stands. Choose small-budded flowers in similar hues, such as the tulips, lily of the valley, paperwhites, and daffodils we used. Trim the stems so the blossoms will peek over the rims of the eggcups. Place a small round metal floral frog in each eggcup to help shape and weight the arrangements. Fill the cups three-quarters of the way with water, and then add the blooms. Arrange the mini bouquets on and around stands. Water daily for a long-lasting centerpiece.
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Magnolia and Eastern Redbuds
Saucer magnolias and Eastern redbuds burst from a simple glass container on an end table, exuding warmth; stems of purple calla lily, whose inverted bell shape pairs nicely with the fleshy magnolias and willowy redbuds, hint at exotic garden planting that must wait for warmer weather.
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Tulip and Muscari Arrangement
Let your china inspire you. Here, 'White Parrot' tulips and 'Saphir' muscari echo the hues of a willowware bowl. 'Weber's Parrot' tulips add joyous bursts of pink.
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When bright Icelandic poppies and tulips are in season, Decorating Editorial Director Kevin Sharkey's sweet tooth guides his arrangement. "Candy-colored blossoms resonate unlike any other for me," he says. "I can almost taste the blooms." He began building this array with tulips, filled it out with ebullient poppies, and then softened the mass with frothy mimosa.
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Daffodil and Ladies Mantle Arrangement
Brighten up your celebration of spring with a simple arrangement of lovely daffodils and ladies mantle.
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Peonies are beautiful alone, but they can also be mixed with a variety of other spring flowers to create a magnificent arrangement.
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Occasions such as Mother's Day call for the floral equivalent of a big hug. Candy colors, mixed textures, and varied sizes radiate homey spontaneity, especially when the "vase" is endearingly improvised from a flea-market find. A yellow teapot, with ample room for water below a narrow opening, becomes the perfect vessel for clasping a generous bunch of tulips, hyacinths, peonies, and, of course, forget-me-nots.
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Garden Bluebell Arrangement
Mingle dainty Spanish bluebells (Hyacinthoides hispanica) with fluffy chive blossoms (Allium tuberosum) for textured arrangements. They're unexpected but perfect partners: They coordinate in color and reach full bloom at the same time, in May. 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.
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Green Flower Arrangement
Though it is the quintessential color of spring, somehow green only seems to make it into a bouquet incidentally, through a stem or a leaf. Combining different shades of green, these floral arrangements demonstrate that the color is truly worthy of its own display. The small vase holds a bouquet of green hydrangeas; behind it is a mix of euphorbias, hydrangeas, and bells of Ireland (available almost year-round through florists).
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At an event that celebrates a new season, flower bulbs are fitting decorations. They're also an inexpensive option, since bulbs generally cost less than cut flowers. To make a centerpiece, pour a thin layer of small white stones into a clear glass cylindrical vessel. Rinse dirt off bulbs, then insert them into the gravel, adding more stones until the stems stand upright.
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Elegant Daffodil Arrangement
Hawera, a scented triandrus narcissus, with several tiny pale-yellow blossoms on each stem, is ideal for naturalizing. All it takes to set off its delicate flowers in a glass vase is a few blades of grass cut from the pasture.
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