The beauty of the Spring season lies in the myriad colours it brings along…in the form of flowers and foliage. North India experiences more clement climatic conditions, the states in this region witness two more seasons – spring and autumn. Conventionally, we experience six seasons in a year and each one spans for approximately two months. These seasons are Summer (grishm ritu), Spring (vasant ritu), Monsoon season (varsha ritu), Autumn (sharad ritu), late autumn/fall winter (hemant ritu) and Winter (shishir ritu) …okay that was the teacher in me taking over! 😉 😉 Coming back to the Spring season or the Basant ritu / Vasant ritu, it is the best season to indulge in some over-the-top flower decorations for home… I just love this time of the year! Early this month I created a Spring Mood Board for colour inspiration, to bring in changes in my home decor to welcome the season, Click Here to read about it.
Although one does get the usual cut flowers throughout the year but the Spring variety has an absolute different charm to it. Years ago I did a two-week course in Ikebana style flower arrangement in Bangalore; it’s been long since I practiced it…really long. I am afraid I may have forgotten what I learnt, I’ll have to dig out my diary ( if only I remember where did I last see it!) but it hasn’t stopped me from arranging flowers in my home. I guess I have developed a free style which is a mix of western traditional and Japanese! And honestly speaking, no one needs any course for it! One can never go wrong with flowers even if you tried your best!
Last weekend our home looked like this! I have been busy trying to incorporate Spring accents to our home, Click Here to read about it.
The things I use; shears, thorn stripper, pin holders, containers, florist’ foam/oasis, stem supporters (I use galvanized wire).
Here is my simple guide to DIY flower arrangement…
A slant cut in the stem of the flower gives a larger surface area for water absorption and changing water every alternate day helps in longevity of the cut flower.
Seriously, you just can’t go wrong with flowers. There have been occasions when I have bought flowers and didn’t have time for arranging them; all I do is bunch it up in a vase just the way I brought them home and they still look pretty!
No matter how tired I come home, flowers always pep me up 🙂
So are you ready to try your hand at flower arranging, Click Here for a site which has some great information on flower arrangement.