This spring I’m taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to try my hand at forcing shrubs and trees into bloom (see previous post). This arrangement started with prunings from Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ aka Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick and a white Spirea that I’ve been told is called ‘Bridal Veil’ but have not been able to confirm.
Since my second-hand vase is so large, I decided to fill in with sprout prunings from my flowering crabapple, also an unknown Malus ‘X’. These are hard to see in the picture because they aren’t open yet but appear as dark pink pendulous clusters.
I still felt that more color and textural contrast was needed so I went shopping at my local big box store for tulips. The store didn’t have any tulips on sale so I bought 10 Alstromeria stems @$5.88. The Spirea has been blooming for a couple of days and I’m still waiting for the crabapple blossoms to open. I think it turned into quite the impressive bouquet, considering my floral arranging skills are also a Work In Progress.