My niece Fabiana, who lives in Ithaca, NY, came to visit us this weekend. It's always such a joy when she spends a few days with us.
I went to a grocery store to buy some ingredients to make a sweet and nutritious carrot and coconut milk soup, and flowers, naturally, to welcome her. When I saw some beautiful flower pots I felt like buying all of them, so bright and cheerful they were, more specifically the primroses, they reminded me of Fabiana, she loves all shades of pink and purple.
I had never made a flower arrangement using potted flowers before but the lovely primroses seemed the perfect flowers to create an eye-catching arrangement.
I decided to buy three pots but no extra supplies to make my first potted flower arrangement, I wanted to make something creative and simple using what I already had at home.
- potting soil
- heavy plastic
- moss filler (I used two kind of mosses)
- potted flowers
- Soak the flowers pots in a tub of water for a while just to make sure they are well hydrated.
- Primroses have bushy-like leaves, if I had kept all their leaves they would have filled the entire basket and the mosses would be barely exposed, and I wanted their texture and color exposed, so the first thing I did was to cut some of their leaves.
- Waterproof the basket by lining it with heavy plastic. (I cut the handles of a grocery plastic bag, folded it in half and placed it on the basket bottom; then I covered the bottom and sides with kitchen plastic wrap, cutting off excess around the top edge of the basket.)
- Before start placing the flowers in the basket squeeze excess water. Fill in with more soil, if needed.
- Use moss to cover any exposed dirt.
How to care for it:
- Keep it away from direct sunlight.
- Mist the flowers and moss with water from a spray bottle daily.
I made this floral arrangement on Friday afternoon and today, Wednesday, it still looks fresh and cheerful.
Once they start looking faded, I will transferred them back to their pots until the weather is good enough to replant them outside. It's a win-win situation.
"Look at these colors!" She said as she entered our dining area. She was right to notice them, they look really pretty, don't you think?