A Florist’s New Tips for Creating an Easter-Ready Centerpiece
The root of the word “April” comes from Latin Apriliswhich means ‘open’ – an apt title for a month associated with the blooming of spring buds, especially at Easter, when many of us will set our dining tables with the brightly colored flowers. mist and purple Jaclyn Williams, gardener and florist, is, like us, looking forward to seeing some of her most beautiful perennials come to life over the next few weeks. But what should we look for so that the spirit of the season finds its place at our dining table?
“For the southern Louisiana region, daffodils are the perfect example of a spring flower because they are among the first to bloom,” Williams says. “A lot of gardeners in Louisiana think we can’t grow them because they’re associated with cold and frost up north, but there are Gulf Coast varieties that are doing very well.”
Williams recommends bright, yellow beauties like Golden Dawn, a tazetta-like (meaning many flowers growing from a single stem) daffodil variety with small, sunny, vanilla-scented flowers that do well in the southern gardens, including his own. Likewise, the larger Carlton variety will start flowering a few weeks after Golden Dawn, but will still be ready in time for Easter arrangements.
“The tulips are also excellent, although you can’t really grow them here. The same goes for the standard white Easter lily, which even in the Bible represents rebirth and hope, and is probably my favorite Easter flower, although they only really grow in California and Oregon” , explains Williams. “Snapdragons will also look great as a centerpiece, as well as finger and black and white anemones, which look like poppies.”
Williams’ philosophy for flower arrangement is easy to adapt to the home. One of her favorite tricks is to create a grid with transparent tape over a vase with a tall top, which will direct the placement of the stems and prevent them from falling. Chicken wire formed into a ball and placed in the bottom of a vase can have a similar effect and reduce flower moss, which can pollute the environment. Other quick tips: cut stems diagonally before placing them in water to ensure maximum surface area for water absorption, alternate flower heights in an arrangement, or even try placing just one or two flowers in vases to smaller buds along the table for minimal, easy-to-create floral detail.
“Don’t think about it too much,” she said. “Flower arranging is meant to be fun and pretty, not stressful.”
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