I love arrangements that force the observer to admire the delicacy and individual nature of each blossom. After all, this blog began with floating roses displayed in a grid-like formation for all to admire. Outdoors, in its native state, oftentimes, the beauty of each flower is lost in the majesty of so many blossoms admired as one.
Springtime is the perfect time to appreciate the uniqueness of each blossom indoors as well as outdoors. We have a quince tree in our backyard and it blossoms at different points in the winter and spring each year. There have been years that the quince tree begins blossoming in January or February after a short spell of warmer weather, only to be rudely reminded that spring has not yet sprung. Most years, our quince tree dazzles us with its array of pinkish reddish flowers for Purim. This year, our favorite tree has just began to blossom now, weeks after Pesach (Passover).
There are so many flowering trees to admire now and by bringing some branches inside, you will have the opportunity to more closely enjoy and appreciate each individual blossom and the contrast between branch and blossom. Cherry blossoms and forsythia bushes are perfect for this type of arrangement. My suggestion is to carefully hose down the branches before bringing them in just to make sure that you’re not bringing in any insects or larvae along with the branches.
When cutting branches, it is best to leave enough of a length of branch to fit on the bottom of the vase. If that is not possible, just cut away at the lower part of the branch and remove enough twigs so that your branch will stay upright in the vase. Try to choose an assortment of branches that are straight on top and that twist in all directions at the top. This will allow for enough spread in the arrangement above the top of the vase. Make sure to use a vase that is sturdy enough for the weight and breadth of your branches. Enjoy the spring outdoor branches inside your home.