Spring. The birds are singing, the sun is shining, and daffodils and other early flowers are blooming in gardens across the country. Their bright and cheerful petals are a preview of summer colour and are so precious this time of year.
For kitchen-gardeners, April is known as the lean time, that period where preserved veggies are nearly gone and before the flush of late spring produce starts pouring in. You could say the same about flowers in the garden and daffodils are a message that summer blooms are on their way!
There’s no reason to leave them in the garden either. Daffodils make excellent cut flowers are are also great for table and wreath decorations. The wreath decoration in this tutorial is short-lived but perfect for a spring party or as part of an Easter display. What you’ll need is:
– Willow wreath (DIY tutorial at this link)
– Moss or greenery
– 9+ Daffodils
– Other spring flowers such as Grape Hyacinths, Hyacinths, Tulips, and Primroses
– Raffia ribbon or Florist’s wire
– OR Green Floral Foam and Florist Tape (optional)
To weave the willow wreath base you need to visit this tutorial which provides more information on materials and process. Once made, the wreath base can be decorated for every season of the year! Weave holly and pine into it for Christmas, fallen leaves and gourds for Autumn and of course Daffodils and other early flowers for spring.
Once you have your wreath prepared, tuck the moss and greenery in between the strands of willow. Now lie the flowers over the wreath and move them around until you have them in the places you think are best. Using the florist wire or raffia ribbon, tie them into place and then trim the stems off.
If you’d like the flowers to last more than a day, you’ll need to design the wreath in a slightly different way. Saturate squares of floral foam in a basin of water until fully wet. Next attach them to the wreath with floral tape. Once they’re on firmly, press cut stems of daffodils and other cut flowers into the foam, covering it completely. You can also wrap more greenery around the base of the flowers to help disguise it. The foam will need to be watered everyday and it will probably be easier if you take the wreath down and water it while it’s lying flat.