Tuesday, February 15, 2011


 Valentine’s Day is over, and let’s face it, love in the air makes everything look and feel better, even with rain and snow!!

 Now that this holiday has passed, I thought I would share some images of something I am looking forward too.

Flowering branches in large vases or urns!!! I love this time of year when we can purchase just a few branches and get such a wonderful display of the colors of Spring.

This past weekend I went to an Antique Faire in Hillsborough, California. When you entered the large building at the Fair Grounds, there was a breathtaking display of flowers done by the florist at Filoli, which is a historical home and gardens worth going to see if you are ever in the area.

Just look at this huge display of flowering branches………
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I am not sure you can tell just how huge this arrangement was, but I would venture to say it stood a good four feet high or, maybe even a bit more.
I love how they draped the jasmine off to one side and down the front of the urn. Just beautiful! Shall we look at more displays of Spring Color?

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It doesn’t always have to be tall branches or a grand display. Just look at how simple this display is and yet it still has the same impact.

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Multiple clear green glass containers make a wonderful show of Spring Color!!

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I love this vignette.

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CRAB APPLES (300x400)
I love crab apple blossoms. They are so pretty.

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via French Larkspur blog
A simple bucket looks so textural in this vignette.

via Newlywed Diaries blog


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Forsythia is one of my favorite blooms to use like this. We can not grow it in our area. I live in California, but oh, how I wish I could. Isn’t it spectacular?!

In looking at all of the above images, I  examined them closely to see which blooms I prefer and which containers go best for this type of display for my home.

For just a few branches or a single branch, I think a smaller mouthed container looks best

I think I prefer a blue or green container for beautiful pink blooms.

For the forsythia, I love a clear vase or urn - nothing that takes away from the grand show of the forsythia.

In choosing your branches consider the containers size, color, shape and texture. I am going to look for some pretty pink blossoms to put in a very large clear green vase that I have for my dining room table. I also think some pretty pink blooms might look stunning in my living room in a blue and white porcelain vase.

If you get some blooming branches which one’s do you prefer? Do you have a special container that you put yours in?

“ Enjoy the Process!” Of:

Looking forward to Spring by bringing in a few blooming branches in your home.




Im with you Kathysue...I adore branches in a clear glass vase...so beautiful. I sure did not know that you guys in California don't have Forsythia...one of my favorite also.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I love the look of flowering forsythia. Our former neighbors had a couple large bushes that grew right near our fence-I must admit, the temptation to "help them prune them" was pretty overwhelming when they were in full bloom.

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

They look so natural and imperfect! I love the forsythia and the crepe myrtle, but I'd have dogwood if I could...so delicate and sweet...and pink! You're making this "fall" girl wish for spring!

Party Resources said...

Such a cheery post - bring on spring!

La Vie Quotidienne said...

I have quite a few flowering crab trees and they are just beginning to bloom...I will have to cut some branches and bring them inside ~ these are very pretty.

laxsupermom said...

I love the look of forced branches, so pretty! We still have quite a bit of snow out there, but maybe I need to trek out into the yard and clip some branches to force inside. Thanks for sharing these pics.

vignette design said...

I'm going out to clip the flowering plum branches today to make a bouquet just like the ones you are showing! Love how they look!

Tote said...

Great arrangements. Love the look of many vases with few branches.

lizziefitz said...

Spring REALLY is coming...Yipee!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Just gorgeous! I am sooooo ready for spring!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i can't wait till i can cut my own fresh flowers out of my garden!

Mona Thompson said...

I love flowering branches but have a hard time arranging them. I guess it proves that I'm a control freak and you just have to let them do what they will. These arrangements are all gorgeous!

Designs By Pinky said...

IF I can get to my forsythia I will go clip some to force. There is still alot of snow out there and I am DYING for Spring! Thanks for these beautiful pictures!!!!!! XO, Pinky

quintessence said...

LOVE all these beautiful branch arrangements! I have forsythia in my front yard - will have to remember the look!!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Kathysue...Now I'm really in the mood for spring!!! Sweet torture seeing all these glorious flowers.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Kathysue! I am ready to see some signs of spring myself! I am catching up since we have partied all weekeknd for little mister A's birthday! I loved the post about love and seeing the pics of you and Mister D!!! Such a handsome couple! Both of you are very special people! And...I know I think about very special monogrammed totes from Land's End thanks to you! Mine is a lifesaver...even holds my pillow when I go over to spend the night babysitting! :-) Love it! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

cityfarmer said...

it's comin"

my neighbors' blooming branches hang over my side of the fence!!!
love it

Blooming Rose Musings said...

So funny to read this because today I just happened to arrange some flowering branches in a pretty blue sap bucket. I agree, I adore flowering branches. I love the images you have shown us.

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

I have a tall clear glass cylinder I put mine in, though haven't had any in the house since last spring! I need to go see if there are any available stat! I need some spring...

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

Oh how I am going to miss my forsythia bushes from our home in VA....which is officially not ours anymore as of this afternoon....sigh.

Kellie Collis said...

These blooms are lovely! Gorgeous arrangements too! Have a wonderful day, Kellie xx

Cote de Texas said...

i love the picture with the bucket and feed bag pillow - sooo gorgeous!!!!

pretty pink tulips said...

I adore flowering branches....have forced quince and it is blooming out beautifully. Which is really nice b/c there is still a lot of snow on the ground outside my windows!!!

LindsB said...

I cant wait till the forsythia in the front of my building starts to bud- I love clipping a few branches for my apartment