Floral Fantasy: Forsythia


 When I was posting the blog about arranging peonies, I found this draft.  I had totally forgotten about it and even though it is out of season, I thought that you might be interested in having a look.


We had a large installation at work this spring, this is one of the first pictures I took on my new digital camera.  Unfortunately, someone moved into the shot just as I was taking the picture, but you hardly notice the black arm.  It may not look that large close up, but trust me, these were big and very heavy, getting them up on their pedestals was a definite workout.  My husband is always amazed at how strong I am, it is all due to heaving around large and heavy buckets/vases of water.

I love arrangements that are composed of only one or two elements. I think it is because I have been a florist for almost twenty years and mixed arrangements have been in style for most of them.  This is definitely an arrangement that I would have in my house (only not quite so large), I doubt that I could fit it in the front door!  In case you are not sure what the flowers are, the tall branches are forsythia and the gold flowers with the red chin are cymbidium orchids.

If you have the room, do yourself  favour and plant a forsythia.  I would plant it in an out of the way spot, where you wouldn’t see it on a regular basis, perhaps behind the garage.  It needs to be out of the way, because you are going to cut and force the branches in February every year. Just make sure it is sunny, so you set a good amount of flower buds.  Nothing says spring like an enormous vase of forsythia!


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