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Project

Cherry Blossom and Dogwood Arrangement

Jump-start spring by forcing branches of early-flowering trees and shrubs. (Read our tips on how to force successfully.) Massed at eye level in a rustic trough, pink cherry blossoms join white dogwood and spirea to give armchair nature lovers a breath of fresh air. The branches stand in chicken wire that has been bent to fit the container's liner. Moss and lichen from a florist mask the wire support in sylvan style.

Materials

  • Watertight liners
  • Watertight containers
  • Gloves
  • Wire cutters
  • Sheet moss
  • Lichen
  • Cherry blossom, dogwood, and spirea branches
  • Garden shears
  • Water picks

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Place watertight liners in a container. Fill liners two-thirds full with tepid water.

  2. Step 2

    Wearing gloves and using wire cutters, snip a square of chicken wire that is twice the size of the liner opening. Crumple wire to fit snugly into space to act as a frog.

  3. Step 3

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    Spread sheet moss to cover tops of liners and wire. If liners are visible through slats in sides of container, put lichen between liners and container walls.

  4. Step 4

    Clip cherry, dogwood, and spirea branches, staggering their heights. With bypass garden shears, cut them at a 45-degree angle and slit them vertically.

  5. Step 5

    Push branches through moss until firmly anchored in wire.

  6. Step 6

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    Decorate sides of container if desired: Insert individual blossoms (such as these dogwood flowers) into water picks. Twist wire ends of flower picks around stems, then insert picks into slats of trough.

  7. Step 7

    Lift edges of moss every other day to check water level and replenish as needed.

Reviews (1)

  • Happy_Birthday_Dr_Seuss 4 Feb, 2013

    Cherry Blossom and Dogwood Arrangement
    Russell's Monday Dinner Centerpiece
    Beautiful and Lovely!