Sometimes, it’s best to not overthink things, and the same is true in the world of flower arranging. Now that we are in the middle of spring, tulips are in their glory and can be found in every suburban front yard. However, as I have started geeking out on heirloom bulbs over the last few years, I have come to realize how many different, amazing varieties of tulips there are outside of the ones found in the grocery store floral department or the packages of tulip bulbs at the local Home Depot. My favorites are the Black Parrot tulips that I planted in my garden a few years ago, but since they don’t bloom until late spring, I’ll have to wait a few more weeks. A longing for tulips prompted me to make the trek to the local wholesale florist and inspired this flower arranging tutorial.
I love arrangements like this because they are versatile across flower types as well as across seasons – if you don’t have access to these particular tulips (and you probably won’t since there are so many varieties of parrot tulips) – no problem! Just swap in any parrot tulip that you can find. And if you can’t even find parrot tulips, just swap in any other kind of flower that I would call a “showstopper” – that is, any kind of flower that has unusual qualities and stands out on its own. In the spring, this might be a parrot tulip, in the summer this might be a bold sunflower or heirloom variety of iris, and in the fall it might be a dahlia.
The container used here is a beautiful white porcelain pitcher that is actually a serving piece, but also doubles as a vase. I always feel that flower arranging containers should be able to cross the seasons, and the same is true of this one. A few weeks ago I displayed some lovely ranunculi that I found at Costco and am now using them for this more elaborate (but still very simple) arrangement.
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