It’s 2nd of April, and there still is nothing blooming outdoors, except the willow catkins. Willow catkins are the first sign of spring and people like to bring them indoors. If you keep them in vase without water, they stay as they are and won’t age. If you put them in water, they’ll develop further and the catkins start to produce pollen. Above you see an arrangement from March 2015.
Some days later in April 2015 I made an arrangement with willow catkins and carnations in a blue glass container. Why carnations? Because they always have them in supermarkets and they are affordable. I added a bit of blueberry stems to have something green. Blueberry stems are evergreen so you can even dig them under the snow to have some greenery if needed. Also they start to bloom with small pink flowers, when brought indoors in winter or cold spring time.
If spring doesn’t seem to progress fast enough, you can help it a little bit by bringing any branches or twigs indoors. They’ll start to make leaves in warm room temperature. Below is some raspberry twigs with a ranunculus and sweet peas. So this time in April 2015 I went to florist. Sometimes I get sick and tired of supermarket carnatios.
I tend to use the same materials over and over again. So you already know the materials in this picture below. The raspberry twigs don’t have any leaves, because I didn’t let them develop. In other words I didn’t put the twigs in water. The tiny little bit of green in this arrangement comes from very short hawthorn twigs. I remember I got the hawthorn twigs from someone who trimmed a hawthorn hedge. Oh yes, thank you! I’m very pleased to get materials donated. Unfortunately, back in April 2015 the hawthorn twigs were a too big challenge to me. I wasn’t really able to make anything with them. Because the twigs were dead straight. That’s how they grow in a hedge which is trimmed regularly. And I’m a curvy girl, in the sense that I like to work with curvy branches or branches I can bend in to curves.
When I first saw Sambucus racemosa in my neighborhood, I thought it’s some endangered species. Very soon I learned it’s not. I took some branches with me to ikebana class and told my teacher and fellow students ”I don’t know what this is , I hope I didn’t cut anything endangered”. I was told the branches were from a common garden runaway called ”paskamarja”, in English ”shit berry”. Well, I think the branches of Sambucus racemosa are beautiful, no matter what you call them.
That’s enough for now. Feel free to comment. As usual the next post will be in Finnish.