On a recent afternoon I visited with Jeff, the owner of FLORA in SoHo, and the store manager, Saori. Jeff agreed to put together a flowerbox to inspire us in our own projects as the weather gets warmer. Jeff had kept his design a surprise, and I was excited to see the plants he chose; the hyacinths, anemone and crocus bulbs were a great, harmonious combination. The 'ingredients' were already gathered, and the entire project easily went together in under 30 minutes.
The basic ingredients for Jeff's flowerbox are:
2 pots of crocus bulbs
1 pot of anemone
2 pots of grape hyacinth
3 pots of Irish moss
2 pots ivy
1 flat of moss
1 sturdy container
The beauty of this flowerbox is that it is filled with variety – of shape, form, and richness of color. From the small leaf spikes and yellow centers on the crocus to the tiny, bell-like blossoms on the hyacinths, it is a delicate grouping of plants that looks gorgeous indoors.
Until the weather stabilizes in May, it would look wonderful inside on your coffee table or near a window, and the plastic lining stops water from being a danger to your indoor surfaces.
For this arrangement Jeff suggests a good amount of sunlight and watering about three times per week. Once the crocus and hyacinth bulbs have expired, they can be taken out and planted outside in October. The ivy and moss will last for a long time, making a beautiful foundation for other plants that you choose to plant in the flowerbox as the seasons change.
- Matt N.