Splash of spring

Fresh, sea­sonal flow­ers ideal in­gre­di­ent to switch things up

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Jen­nifer Camp­bell

APAIR of flo­ral pil­lows, a light, flow­ery table­cloth or a posy-cov­ered shower cur­tain are cer­tain to lighten up in­side spa­ces, but fresh flow­ers are just the thing for folks who reg­u­larly like to switch it up, while also adding the scents of spring.

Whether you go to the gro­cery store and pick up cash-and-carry blooms to ar­range your­self, or con­sult a florist who will do the job for you, fresh flow­ers are the quick­est and eas­i­est way to cheer you up when it’s still nippy out­side.

A lot of what we typ­i­cally think of as spring blooms are avail­able year-round, says the florist. For quintessen­tially spring flow­ers, I think of the ones that are only avail­able dur­ing the sea­son.

Here are five top spring blooms, most of which she gets from green­houses in the Ni­a­gara re­gion, and guar­an­teed to add the scents and colours of spring into your home for un­der $50. These prices do not in­clude the con­tain­ers. • Heav­enly hy­acinth These Easter-y blue (pink and white) flo­ral won­ders which pro­duce a densely packed spike of flow­ers when they bloom, are only seen in spring and of­fer a strong, yet sweet scent for about $15, • Spring sprigs Noth­ing says spring like the com­bi­na­tion of cherry blos­soms, pussy wil­lows and forsythias. The gor­geous white or light pink of cherry blos­soms are the sea­son’s finest, while pussy wil­lows are a sure sign win­ter is gone. Add for­sythia’s del­i­cate yel­low blooms and spring’s your sea­son. Costs vary from $50 to $15. • Pa­pery posies The anemone is a peren­nial from the but­ter­cup fam­ily. Its del­i­cate petals give it a poppy-like el­e­gance and its many bold, as well as un­der­stated, colours --white, pur­ple, fuch­sia, red, and bur­gundy --make it a ver­sa­tile choice for a spir­ited sea­sonal spray for about $20. • Mini-peonies, mi­nus the ants Ra­nun­cu­lus is a com­pact flower that packs a pretty punch be­cause of its many lay­ers of petals and its round head. This pre­cious bloom is ex­tremely pop­u­lar for wed­dings, says Bedard. It’s one of my favourites. The ar­range­ments are about $40, the con­tainer is ex­tra. • The ubiq­ui­tous Dutch treat It wouldn’t be spring in the cap­i­tal with­out an un­abashed over­dose of these iconic flow­ers from the Nether­lands. For her tulip bou­quet of the can’t-miss flow­ers, she used a pink-pur­ple colour in the dou­ble-bloom va­ri­ety. Twice the petals, twice the flo­ral force for about $30.

— Canwest News Ser­vice

Spring sprigs.

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