March 26, 2012
Forsythia In Bloom
Posted by Kevin Sharkey
For my March column in the magazine, I was inspired by the blooming, yellow forsythia that I'm seeing all around this time of year. Forsythia is a member of the olive family and its yellow buds add an uplifting shot of color to a room when brought indoors for an arrangement. If you have forsythia on your property, it's easy to cut a good amount of branches for an arrangement and barely notice a difference in a hedge. It's also widely available and affordable, about $10 a bundle, at most flower shops and farmer's markets. Here are some of my forsythia arrangements to help you get inspired to create your own.
1 I made this arrangement in a wide, wood hibachi with a metal liner. To help keep the branches in place, I cut chicken wire to fit inside the vessel and then arranged the branches.
2 This arrangement was inspired by ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging. Since tulip stems continue to grow even after they're cut, this arrange will change everyday. I positioned the tall branches on one side and the short ones opposite.
3 These arrangements are inspired by one of my favorite designers, Marcel Wolternick, from Holland. They look like miniature hedges and are so easy to make.
4 To make a color block arrangement, you need to cut floral foam to fit snugly inside the vessel you're using. Cut the branches to the desired height and remove any buds from their bottoms to the top vessel. Pound the base of each branch with a hammer to splinter it, allowing it to easily take up water. Begin inserting branches tightly in the foam, working from the center outward. Trim branches as you would a hedge.
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