Spring Blooms Inspired 5 Live Floral Arrangements

Spring blooms inspire creative floral arrangements to brighten every corner of home!
Spring blooms inspire creative floral arrangements to brighten every corner of home! | Source
Detail of a black iris petal waiting patiently to be included in a flower arrangement.
Detail of a black iris petal waiting patiently to be included in a flower arrangement. | Source

Floral Arrangements with Live Flowers is a Spring Thing!


If you have seen my recent black iris hub then you know the reason it looks purple in the photos. You also need no explanation for my motivation to use cut flowers to make indoor floral arrangements.

The decision was made on a rainy afternoon when I could not be outside enjoying my garden. I watched the weather move in and wondered how many blooms would be left after the storm.

The thought of making some arrangements was a duh-uh moment, but it brought a bright ray of light to an otherwise dreary day. Once I began making them up I couldn’t stop.

They were too delightful not to make as many as possible. Oh for more time to give to making them!

Living Room Floral Tutorial

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Peonies, black iris, Russian iris, common iris, and carnations in a vase.Texture and color combine to make a stunning arrangement.Russian iris is the crown--look for an upcoming hub on this beautiful plant.Designed for the center of a room, the flowers can be seen all the way around the arrangement.A riot of blue-black to pink-whites with a touch of green and yellow.Face to face with a Russian iris at the top of the arrangement with lingering raindrops. This Russian Iris has a distinct deep lavender color with the yellow stamen. Looking closely at the Russian iris.The black iris and the Russian iris are each unique.The vintage doily is a family heirloom--so nice to have for such lovely flowers!
Peonies, black iris, Russian iris, common iris, and carnations in a vase.
Peonies, black iris, Russian iris, common iris, and carnations in a vase. | Source
Texture and color combine to make a stunning arrangement.
Texture and color combine to make a stunning arrangement. | Source
Russian iris is the crown--look for an upcoming hub on this beautiful plant.
Russian iris is the crown--look for an upcoming hub on this beautiful plant. | Source
Designed for the center of a room, the flowers can be seen all the way around the arrangement.
Designed for the center of a room, the flowers can be seen all the way around the arrangement. | Source
A riot of blue-black to pink-whites with a touch of green and yellow.
A riot of blue-black to pink-whites with a touch of green and yellow. | Source
Face to face with a Russian iris at the top of the arrangement with lingering raindrops.
Face to face with a Russian iris at the top of the arrangement with lingering raindrops. | Source
This Russian Iris has a distinct deep lavender color with the yellow stamen.
This Russian Iris has a distinct deep lavender color with the yellow stamen. | Source
Looking closely at the Russian iris.
Looking closely at the Russian iris. | Source
The black iris and the Russian iris are each unique.
The black iris and the Russian iris are each unique. | Source
The vintage doily is a family heirloom--so nice to have for such lovely flowers!
The vintage doily is a family heirloom--so nice to have for such lovely flowers! | Source

First Floral Arrangement of the Day--Living Room:


This is a simple bouquet of cut flowers that includes the black iris mixed with peonies, miniature carnations, typical purple and lavender iris, with a Russian Iris as its crown.

Artfully arranging them in a clear glass vase was easy. Photographing this arrangement was a learning experience. This time of year there are enough flowers to fill many vases!

The fragrance of the peonies and carnations gives off an aroma that reminds me of some sort of delicious candy I’ve had in the past.

Hope you enjoy these photographs. I tried to shoot every angle and detail of this arrangement’s flowers that I could think of.

•Tip: don't be too picky about arranging the flowers, just enjoy the process.


DIY Dining Room Arrangement

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One peony can make a dining room table arrangement!Snowball bush flowers snowed down during the storm.Beautiful bowl for a beautiful flower.A heavy candle jar holds its own inside the salad bowl.Cut flower stems on an angle to give them the best opportunity to take in water.Cut the stem short enough so the peony sits on the mouth of the jar.Position jar inside bowl and carefully remove flower.  Set it in a cup of water until the next step is complete.Fill the outer bowl with snowball bush petals, or some other tiny petals, and replace peony in the small jar.Tuck a few spring green leaves around the peony.Peony in a gondola?  :)
One peony can make a dining room table arrangement!
One peony can make a dining room table arrangement! | Source
Snowball bush flowers snowed down during the storm.
Snowball bush flowers snowed down during the storm. | Source
Beautiful bowl for a beautiful flower.
Beautiful bowl for a beautiful flower. | Source
A heavy candle jar holds its own inside the salad bowl.
A heavy candle jar holds its own inside the salad bowl. | Source
Cut flower stems on an angle to give them the best opportunity to take in water.
Cut flower stems on an angle to give them the best opportunity to take in water. | Source
Cut the stem short enough so the peony sits on the mouth of the jar.
Cut the stem short enough so the peony sits on the mouth of the jar. | Source
Position jar inside bowl and carefully remove flower.  Set it in a cup of water until the next step is complete.
Position jar inside bowl and carefully remove flower. Set it in a cup of water until the next step is complete. | Source
Fill the outer bowl with snowball bush petals, or some other tiny petals, and replace peony in the small jar.
Fill the outer bowl with snowball bush petals, or some other tiny petals, and replace peony in the small jar. | Source
Tuck a few spring green leaves around the peony.
Tuck a few spring green leaves around the peony. | Source
Peony in a gondola?  :)
Peony in a gondola? :) | Source

Second Cut Flower Arrangement--Dining Room:


The rainstorm caused most of my snowball bush flowers to drop like snow on the mulch and my peonies to droop their little heads. What better way to perk things up than to use them in an arrangement that would salvage them?

Begin this live floral arrangement with a beautiful bowl. My footed oval shaped salad dish with embossed fruit on clear glass is one I enjoy having a chance to show off. A heavy but small, clear glass candle jar that would sit inside the larger bowl was easy enough to locate in my craft stash.

I had one especially large peony that I wanted to highlight. Sitting the candle jar in the middle, filling it with water, then surrounding it with snowball bush petals made a pretty setting for the peony.

Cutting the stem just short enough so it would not touch the bottom of the jar meant that the flower could sit securely on the jar rim.

• Tip: cutting stems on an angle allows them to absorb the most water, helping them to hold their petals longer.

When this peony drops its petals into the bowl onto the drying snowball petals, I’ll be able to replace that peony with a new one filled with the heady perfume that makes us want to head for Paris. After the season is over I’ll have a potpourri of white petals to remember them by!


Easy to Make Bedroom Arrangement

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Three bedside peonies can fill a room with heady fragrance.Two containers for this project.One should fit inside the other.Peony stems are placed between the containers with peonies resting on the edge of the larger one.Peony stems should not touch the bottom of the container.A trio of heady aromaNothing compares to a peony!Full of curling petals, full of fragrance!Compare the size of this bedside arrangement.A different camera setting creates an effect that looks like the sun is shining!
Three bedside peonies can fill a room with heady fragrance.
Three bedside peonies can fill a room with heady fragrance. | Source
Two containers for this project.
Two containers for this project. | Source
One should fit inside the other.
One should fit inside the other. | Source
Peony stems are placed between the containers with peonies resting on the edge of the larger one.
Peony stems are placed between the containers with peonies resting on the edge of the larger one. | Source
Peony stems should not touch the bottom of the container.
Peony stems should not touch the bottom of the container. | Source
A trio of heady aroma
A trio of heady aroma | Source
Nothing compares to a peony!
Nothing compares to a peony! | Source
Full of curling petals, full of fragrance!
Full of curling petals, full of fragrance! | Source
Compare the size of this bedside arrangement.
Compare the size of this bedside arrangement. | Source
A different camera setting creates an effect that looks like the sun is shining!
A different camera setting creates an effect that looks like the sun is shining! | Source

Third Flower Arrangement--Bedroom:


Three medium-sized peonies made the perfect bed side table arrangement.You can see in the photo montage that I placed a heavy duty votive holder inside a straight-sided candle holder,

After filling both containers with water I arranged the peonies on the outside edge, again cutting the stems just short enough so they wouldn’t touch the bottom, allowing the flowers to rest on the container.

Needing a bit of greenery, I ran back outside in the rain to snip a few sprigs of new growth from my glossy leaved camellias.

• Tip: be careful where you cut your greenery from the bush so it is not left misshapen.

Trimming them to fit in the middle, then around the edges gave just the right touch of bright green against the pale pink and white flowers.

What a pretty and fragrant arrangement for our bedroom! You can see its size compared to the 8 inch tall blue and white vase in the photos. You can also see that the raindrops hadn’t quite dried up!


Easiest Flower Arrangement to Make

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A single flower arrangement?A flower frog?A container it fits in!Can you guess where the peony goes?Simple yet it makes an impact!
A single flower arrangement?
A single flower arrangement? | Source
A flower frog?
A flower frog? | Source
A container it fits in!
A container it fits in! | Source
Can you guess where the peony goes?
Can you guess where the peony goes? | Source
Simple yet it makes an impact!
Simple yet it makes an impact! | Source

Fourth Cut Flower Arrangement--Foyer:


Have you ever heard of a floral frog? If not, check out the variety on Google images, from antiques to homemade. I am now privileged to own one from my side of the family and one from my husband’s side of the family, and am delighted to be able to hand one down to my daughter and second daughter (in-law)...later!

• Tip: vintage floral frogs are not very expensive so check out your local antique stores.

In the meantime, I find them very handy. My son gave me a graceful candle holder years ago that is about 6 inches tall with a wide mouth. It was just right for holding my small flower frog. I liked the size and shape of the holder so much that I still have it for projects like this one and, of course, it’s nice that it reminds me of him.

This particular peony was standing itself up while all the others were drooping. Large and fragrant, it fit nicely on the table in my front hall and filled the area with its heavenly fragrance right away. The flower frog allows me to use a small funnel to add water to the peony without disturbing it too much.

When peony season is over, the floral frog in this candle holder will help me arrange a big handful of tiny flowers and if someone reminds me I could then add a new flower arrangement to this hub.


Flower Frog Tutorial

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To show you how small this arrangement is I placed it in front of my kitchen counter backsplash.  A rope made from about 2" of aluminum foil.Twist ends together to form a circle.Form a semi-star shape and press points over the lip of the votive cup.This votive has 10 tiny carnations (about the size of small dianthus) with a few green buds tucked among them.
To show you how small this arrangement is I placed it in front of my kitchen counter backsplash.
To show you how small this arrangement is I placed it in front of my kitchen counter backsplash. | Source
A rope made from about 2" of aluminum foil.
A rope made from about 2" of aluminum foil. | Source
Twist ends together to form a circle.
Twist ends together to form a circle. | Source
Form a semi-star shape and press points over the lip of the votive cup.
Form a semi-star shape and press points over the lip of the votive cup. | Source
This votive has 10 tiny carnations (about the size of small dianthus) with a few green buds tucked among them.
This votive has 10 tiny carnations (about the size of small dianthus) with a few green buds tucked among them. | Source

Fifth Flower Arrangement--Kitchen Table:


A tiny votive holder shaped like a fish bowl was just right for displaying some miniature carnations on the kitchen table.

The problem was that there is no flower frog that small, and the container is so small that even though the carnations are tiny, they would still be so top heavy that they would fall out.

Floral foam is not one of my favorite products so I did not have any on hand. What to do but improvise by making my own small flower frog?!

A strip of aluminum foil folded into a fat wire, then connected at each end to make a circle was a great start. I then formed the circle into a star-ish shape that was big enough to wrap down around the lip of the votive at its points.

Filling it with water and flowers worked beautifully. I’m not sure the miniature carnation buds will open, but they do add a nice touch to the nosegay-type arrangement.

• Tip: fragrant flowers are not the best for food areas so too many of these carnations would be too much for the kitchen.


Final Floral Arrangement Tips:


• It helps an arrangement last longer to trim flower stems about 1/4" each day. Instead of looking at this as tedious, I try to look at it as a chance to enjoying arranging the blooms again.


• Using a mister to moisturize the tops of the blooms in a climate controlled or dry environment can help them stay fresher longer.


A reader offered a tip on using a spoonful of vinegar in a flower arrangement. If you have tips on making or caring for fresh flower arrangements please feel free to share them in the comments section below.


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starstream 4 years ago from Northern California

I am always interested in the beauty of flowers. Thanks so much for the photo of the flower frog. I have heard the term for years and never exactly know what it was. Enjoying, selecting, and arranging flowers is a creative art form. I wrote an article here called painting orchids which I think you would enjoy too. I voted your hub up!


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Golfgal 4 years ago from McKinney, Texas

Hey RT, Id did the very same thing this past week, though, I was not as smart as you and did not think to right a hub about the process. I just love fresh flowers in the house. My Iris were gorgeous this year as well. I also have a few black Iris with white mixed. We had storms in the Dallas area (16) tornadoes to be exact. I thought to bring in some blooms before the rain took them from me prematurely. Thanks for sharing, the peonies are lovely.


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sofs 4 years ago

Oh wow! so beautiful! I love the idea of the aluminium foil to keep the arrangement in place. I am going to try this one soon.. Thanks for sharing this with us. God Bless!


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Snurre 4 years ago

So beautiful! The photos are amazing! Voted and shared.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey Author

starstream:

Thanks kindly for stopping by to see these flowers! I hope you are able to find a vintage flower frog soon, but if you can't there are a variety of new ones available.


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