Bring in a branch – some lazy flower arranging

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Sarahs Blog
Bring in a branch – some lazy flower arranging




I am hopeless at flower arranging. I just stick a few things in a vase and hope their beauty overshadows my incompetence. But when spring arrives it gets easy, there is great satisfaction in bringing branches of flowering shrubs, trees or climbers into your home and sticking them in a vase for effortless floral arrangements. Spring branches have to be the easiest way to bring a little bit of floral zen into your home.

In early spring some cuttings of ornamental quince (Chaenomeles superba) will cure the winter blues.


 Chaenomeles superba   Photo: T-mizo


Forsythia is perfect for easter.



Forsythia intermedia                     Photo:Till Westermayer


In winter witch hazel (Hamamelis) looks good.


Hamamelis                        Photo: T Kiya

My garden has very little of these, although there are some amazing white flowering cherries that I am currently eyeing that I regularly pinch from the neighbours trees that overhang into my garden and I like to cut our wisteria, though it is shortlived, but I intend over time to plant a variety of shrubs and climbers for their floral and foliage benefits.

There is a bit of trial and error too, Ceanothus doesn’t last, some of the Viburnums don’t smell too good, but anything is worth a try, most trees and shrubs can spare a branch or two.


photo credit: <a href=”″>Easter decoration IV</a> via <a href=””>photopin</a> <a href=””>(license)</a>

photo credit: <a href=”″>Flowering Quince (Matsudo, Chiba, Japan)</a> via <a href=””>photopin</a> <a href=””>(license)</a>

photo credit: <a href=”″>witch hazel. マンサク 金縷梅</a> via <a href=””>photopin</a> <a href=””>(license)</a>


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