Hello and Happy Spring Ladies (& welcome back this horrible my-eyes-are-on-fire-I-wish-I-could-permanently-plop-icecubes-on-them weather)!
But, I am willing to look past this because EVERYTHING is in bloom. I mean EVERYTHING! All of my plants came back after the winter, the hydrangeas are looking strong and that's a good sign of things to come. This also means that I can start making flower arrangements without the cost (I do still like to supplement with flowers from the store, we will talk more about that later).
I wanted to share a few quick vases I put together. I spent about 15 minutes walking around the yard during naptime today and this is what I came up with:
Top to Bottom: Lilacs, Prairie Fire Crabapple, Dappled Willows
Unfortunately, the tree branches only last for a few days and it does matter when you cut them. General rule of thumb, I like to wait until the weather is warm (55 degrees or warmer, I cut them when the leaves have already bloomed and put them in luke warm water). If I feel like jazzing them up a little I will buy a bunch of seasonal flowers from the store and add to the my FREE arrangements! Which leads me into my FAV stores to get flowers from:
1 - Trader Joes. Honestly, the flower selection, quality and price are insane. They last forever and the variety is really interesting and fun.
2 - Weggies. Shocker.
3 - The public market or local village/town markets. They are usually on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday or Sundays. Right now the Rochester Public Market is having Flower Days - 5 in total. Great Deals. Great People. Great way to support your local vendors and hard working communities.
So, get out and start clipping away in your backyard (or your Mom's - totally do this). There are treasures on your own property and the colors are beautiful .... especially this time of year!
Note from Mrs. Kelly: My favorite is blooming at our house right now...lily of the valley!! You ARE like Martha and Ina with your fresh cut flowers from the garden.