“I must have flowers, always and always.” -Claude Monet
When I sat down at the start of the new year to plan my blogging calendar, I had a post scheduled for this week to share my favorite ways to arrange faux and fresh flowers in the farmhouse. It’s one of my favorite ways to celebrate the arrival of spring.
So much has changed since that planning session. With most of our country now staying home in an effort to stay healthy and try to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, fresh flowers are in short supply, if not non-existent. It’s one of the many sad results of this global pandemic.
It’s ok though! I will not let the slim pickins’ of fresh flowers stand in the way of sharing beautiful spring inspiration with y’all. There is still plenty of inspiration to be had in faux flowers this spring. Whether fresh or faux, flowers always add beauty to any space and they have a wonderful way of brightening your day.Faux flowers have come a long way since our mothers used them in their homes. Many of the faux flowers available now are hard to tell apart from fresh flowers. (Which is why I wanted to share a post about how I use both in the farmhouse. Don’t worry though, I still plan to share that post as soon as fresh flowers are abundant once again!)
Today, I am sharing five of my favorite faux flower arrangements for spring and my favorite places to shop for faux stems. Remember, although they tend to be more expensive than fresh flowers, they last forever. I have always found that when it comes to faux flowers, you get what you pay for.
The stems I’m using in the arrangements today I’ve had for several years. With the right storage method in place, your stems will last a lifetime.
I store all my faux flowers in tall wrapping paper plastic containers marked for each season. By using the tall design of the container, I can keep the stems upright in the attic. This helps prevent the flowers, blossoms, and leaves from getting crushed when they’re not in use. Side note: I rarely cut the stems of my faux flowers when I arrange them. Once the stems are cut, you’re limited to the size of the vessel you can use to arrange them, so try to just bend the stems when you’re arranging.
Let’s get started! As you know, I love using lavender in the farmhouse as we transition from winter into spring. Whether it’s a wreath on the front door to welcome in spring or a bunch of lavender in a basket or vase, it’s a beautiful and whimsical flower for spring. The best part of lavender is that there is no arranging necessary. Just stick it in a vessel and it looks perfect. Beauty meets ease is always a win-win in my book!If you’ve been following me here or on Instagram for any length of time now, you know I LOVE crocks. I mean, I LOVE them! If I see a crock at a vintage market, you can bet it’s most likely going to go home with me. I use them for plants, kitchen utensils, floral arrangements, and so much more!
You can’t ever go wrong with a crock full of flowers, so I always have one in the farmhouse. This one is filled with cream and white Hydrangeas, Roses, Ranunculus, Peonies, and berry springs. The beauty of this arrangement is that it can go anywhere inside or outside of your home and it can be used year-round. Neutral and gorgeous…another win-win!To me, nothing says spring like the color pink. I arranged a collection of Peonies, Dahlias, and Queen Anne’s Lace in a French egg basket. Inside the basket, I used a plain cylindrical glass vase I got from a past flower delivery. Never get rid of those inexpensive vases that florists use, they may come in handy one day when you’re arranging flowers in an egg basket!I mentioned the ease of arranging lavender… Well, another easy floral to arrange are lilacs. I love how casual and beautiful lilacs are, especially in the spring. Throw the stems in an old galvanized bucket, a basket, or in a dough bowl and they are breathtaking. They can also be quite elegant in a tall glass vase. Then moral of this story, lilacs in the spring are a must!Last, but certainly not least, is one of my favorite arrangements for spring. Remember, I only do easy. White Peonies in a vintage watering can. ‘Nuf said! You can put them on a porch, an entry table, or by your front door. Anywhere you put this arrangement, it screams, “Spring is here!” Just ask Holly!!
I hope these arrangements not only inspire you to add touches of spring in your home, but I hope they brighten your day some too. During this time when we are social distancing and staying home, remember, it’s important to keep your spirits up and flowers are a wonderful way to do it! I’m sending love and prayers to you and yours. As always, thank you for joining me here. Stay safe and healthy, friends.