Spirea can make the most beautiful monochromatic, dramatic, flower arrangement. Most of the branches have a graceful, gentle, curve. Since we moved to Boscobel in October, I had no idea that many of these mature flowering shrubs existed. This Spring has been a fun adventure in figuring out everything that already exists here, so that I can add in what we need for the cut flower garden. In addition to the Spirea, there are two mature Lilac bushes, gorgeous Wisteria, and Dogwood.
Make sure that you cut your Spirea (or any other flowers) in the early morning or late evening. If you must cut them in the middle of day, make sure they are under shade. These are the less stressful times of the day for the plant. It takes quite a few cut branches to make a substantial Spirea arrangement, so gather away. I used a vintage flower gathering basket. We will be offering something very similar in the store in May.
For this arrangement, I started out with an antique ironstone chamberpot. I set in my favorite antique flower frog. I always recommend using a flower frog if you are using a solid or opaque vessel. A flower frog will always give your flower arrangement the best structure with the fewest stems.
Start by placing your flower frog in the bottom of the vessel, and fill will fresh, clean water. Hold your branch up to the vessel and decide the height you would like your arrangement to be. The rule of thumb for flower arranging is that the arrangement should be one and half times the height of the vase/vessel.
Cut your branch and place it into one of the holes in the flower frog. Repeat, turning the vessel to ensure the arrangement looks good from all sides.
With Spirea, I like to find a few straight branches for the center and use the gently curved branches for the middle and sides. The end result is dramatic.
I chose to put this arrangement in the piano room. The white and green picks up on the landscape paintings in the room.
Can we talk about those Ralph Lauren lamps and the green Buffalo Check drapes for a minute? Both bring Spring full circle in here. We definitely have some work to do on the piano. My Mom attempted to start stripping it many years ago and it was never finished.
Do you love fresh flowers? Have any special flower frogs? Let us know in the comments.
Hi! I'm Amy. I am a former commercial photographer who has travelled all over the world and finally landed in my happy place - Historic Boscobel Farm.