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.

Cherry Blossom and Dogwood Arrangement

Source: Martha Stewart

materials

  • Watertight liners

  • Watertight containers

  • Gloves

  • Wire cutters

  • Sheet moss

  • Lichen

  • Cherry blossom, dogwood, and spirea branches

  • Garden shears

  • Water picks

steps

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

  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. 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.

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  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. Push branches through moss until firmly anchored in wire.

  6. 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.

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

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