Ideas for a Spring Table Top Garden

The Gardenist

The snow has yet to melt where I live and, now that the first day of spring has come and gone, I expect to see snow for at least another week. I am itching for some spring greenery. With the holiday weekend ahead, I've decided to forget spring greens outside and will create them inside instead. 

Last year, Leaf Magazine contributor Roanne Robbins created this lovely spring table top arrangement. You can read more about all the ingredients and how to pull it together here, but as you might know — magazine space is limited and so I thought it would be fun to share a few more inspirational shots that didn't make the cut. Here's a down and dirty ingredients list for you to take to the flower market if you want to create this yourself:

  • Moss: We got ours from the woods nearby — but if there is snow on the ground you can usually get it at a flower market. After the season has passed, you can re-plant it in the woods or use it in a terrarium. 
  • Tete-a-Tete Narcissus (Little Daffodils): Buy a pot and break apart the bulbs to use in your arrangement. By not cutting them, they will last a lot longer and you can plant them in your garden to re-emerge again next year. 
  • Muscari (Grape Hyacinths): As with the Daffodils, break up the bulbs and then plant them outside afterwards. 
  • Hellebores: Leave these potted and cover your arrangement with moss to hide the containers. Transplant to the garden when the ground thaws. 
  • Cornus Mas Stems: You can substitute forsythia, quince, or hamamelis (witch hazel) for these bright yellow flowers on woody branches, or use a mix for a different look. 
  • Lichens and Fungi: When collected in the woods, these give a beautiful woodland feel to the arrangement. 
  • Rocks and other treasures: Our version had beautiful round river rocks, but  you can include figurines, crystals, shells, or anything that makes you happy. 

(Images: Roanne Robbins for Leaf Magazine)

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