These beautiful blooms herald the changing of the seasons…
“No vase or bowl, jug or pot need be empty in spring,” says Melissa Rautenbach of Flourish. “There are so many flowers from which to choose; it’s easy to give your home a splendid spring feel.
“We filled an old cupboard I had in my garage with spring blooms to create this impressive focal point (opposite),” she says. “Tins, pretty vintage teacups, milk jugs, bowls, glass jars and enamel bowls were all used as containers for this wide variety of flowers. Preferably, your containers shouldn’t match perfectly; different sizes, colours, shapes and textures all contribute to the impact of your spring display. It’s also not essential to have an entire cupboard filled with flowers; one or two shelves of blooms combined with books, magazines and family photos will also do the trick. Or display flowers in glass jars on a table, a windowsill or mantelpiece – this is just as impressive and will bring spring fragrance and colour into your home.
“Fill the containers with clean water and cut the stems in different lengths so that not all of them are at the same height. Arrange them as you fancy – there’s no right or wrong with these gorgeous spring blooms! Even a flower with a broken stem can still be used – simply float it in a bowl of water,” says Melissa.
“Before you buy spring flowers, take a look in your garden. You’ll be surprised by how many are ready to be picked. However, if you don’t have enough, buy a few bunches: daffodils, freesias, sweet peas, Dutch irises, ranunculi, Iceland poppies and tulips are just some of the many blooms available from florists in spring. And you only need a few of each; even a single flower in a pot looks wonderful.
The only flowers we used that you won’t be able to buy are the nasturtiums and forget-me-nots. If you don’t have these in your garden, sow their seeds for next spring – both germinate easily. Or get a bloom or two from a gardening friend!” >>
Tips for daffodils and freesias (and other spring bulbs)
Feed bulbs with liquid fertiliser such as Seagro or Nitrosol every two weeks in the growing season and continue feeding until all the leaves have died back. They can be left in the soil to come up again; otherwise, lift them, dust off the soil and store them in a dry place until the next autumn planting season. Spring-flowering bulbs are available at most nurseries from March and April.
Use your most fragrant spring blooms in living areas and bedrooms – a pot of jasmine, wisteria or freesias is a heady reminder that spring has sprung! – Melissa
Renate Lüdick and Melissa Rautenbach
CONTACT Flourish 084 705 6651 Flowers supplied by Flora Jubilee (028 514 2455) and Rustenberg Wine Estate (021 809 1200, rustenberg.co.za) Sources Gardening with Keith Kirsten by Keith
Kirsten; The South African What Flower is That? by Kristo Pienaar; Reader’s Digest A South African Garden for All Seasons with chief contributor Jennifer Godbold-Simpson