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Vases And Springtime “Table-Scapes”

The flowers above the neck of a vase should be about one-third of the total height of the vase plus the flowers...

Daffodils in stone vase.

Now that flowers are finally appearing in our gardens, it’s time to get out our vases!

They come in all shapes, sizes, colors and styles. Matching different spring flowers to the right vase sometimes takes a little practice for gardeners and other flower enthusiasts.

Generally speaking, a few flower stems, (odd numbers look best), should be put in a narrow-necked vase, as it will provide support and hold them upright. Even one daffodil bloom looks perfect if it is in a narrow- necked container, and if you have three or five, cut the stems different lengths so each bloom can be easily seen.

A large number of flowers needs a container that will hold more water and have a wider neck. The height of the finished arrangement is also a factor to consider. One rule is that the flowers above the neck of the vase should be about one-third of the total height of the vase plus the flowers.

Tiny spring  flowers, such as crocus, violets and scilla, look best in miniature containers such as small bottles. Search for these in antique stores.  If you have a number of small flowers you can pick, use shot or liqueur glasses with wider necks. A group of tiny flower in small vases makes a charming table-scape in springtime.

Just remember that water evaporates quickly from small containers!

Glass containers are invaluable for those of us who are forgetful about refilling the water in vases, as we can see the water level in time to replenish.

An unknown, though obviously wise, person is supposed to have said that humans loved flowers so much that they just had to invent vases!

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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