On these frigid winter days, it is so exciting to see tulips for sale at the local market. Tulips, a member of the lily family, are a welcome harbinger of spring and it keeps hope alive for warmer weather ahead.
Tulips come in thousands of varieties and can be found in all colors, shapes and heights. Their leaves are soft and large, sometimes as long as the tulip stem itself.
I especially love tulips that have variegated colors and interesting petal shapes. These pink tulips were for sale at my local supermarket and boasted green edges, light green leaves and soft blossoms.
This arrangement uses both the tulip blossoms and their leaves. My tulip bunch was comprised of ten blossoms and my narrow vase fit two five-blossom bunches with enough space left over for effect.
This type of arrangements creates interest both at the top of the vase where the blossoms are arranged and inside the vase where each bunch is wrapped in a tulip leaf. It is best suited for a long and narrow glass vase. This can easily be done with one, two or three bunches of tulips, as long as your vase is wide enough.
long glass vase
bunch of tulips
piece of wire or small rubber band
Trim tulips so that they are just a few inches taller than your vase. Separate tulips into groups of at least 4 tulips each, trying to keep tulip bunches symmetric. Remove lower tulip leaves and reserve an unblemished leaf for wrapping each bunch. Wrap the leaf around each bunch, securing with thin wire or rubber band.
Display in long glass vase and fill with water.
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