This weekend, Erick and I visited my grandmother and aunt, who live in Quebec City. We had a fabulous time catching up and celebrating Easter, but it was bittersweet at times. It will come as no shock to anyone who knows my family to hear that my lovely grandmother is living that awful, cruel disease they call Alzheimer’s. My aunt is living it right along with her, and doing a frankly heroic job taking excellent care of her. It has been so hard to watch the vibrant, intelligent woman who was my grandmother become a shell of her former self. (And it’s not as if I live with the effects of this disease every day. I have no idea where my aunt finds her strength, to be honest.)
Flowers make my grandmother happy, and I that makes me happy, so I decided to do up this little Easter-themed arrangement to please her.
I purchased the flowers at Rose Drummond, which is our favourite mid-way stopping point between Montreal and Quebec City. For this arrangement, I was inspired by this pin.
3 pink roses
1 stem (multiple blooms) white daisies
1 pink/coral gerbera daisy
2 yellow roses
1 stem pink snapdragon
[1 stem Italian ruscus, which I ended up discarding from the arrangement]
3 packages of Easter-coloured jelly beans
1 medium-small mason jar
1 elastic band
1 medium glass cube vase
* You could do this using floral foam, to create a more secure arrangement. I wasn’t too concerned, since it wasn’t travelling. *
This is a really easy arrangement to create, and the filling of the cube with the jelly beans was actually the most difficult part!
Step 1: Choose and prep your flowers – at least 5-6 large blooms (roses +gerbera) plus filler (the daisies).
Step 2: Create a simple, round bouquet, alternating different blooms. Make sure to cross your stems in the same direction, so that you can easily change the tightness of the bouquet. Secure the stems with an elastic and cut them to the desired length. (BTW, this is how you can make a simple bridal bouquet. DIY brides for the win!)
Step 3: Put your mason jar inside your cube vase (obviously, fill the mason jar with water). Insert your bouquet.
Step 4: Fill between the jar and vase with the jelly beans, a little at a time to keep everything even.
Step 5: Take a step back and check your arrangement to make any little tweaks. Literally and figurative, smell the roses!
Now here’s the part where I tell you that I did the little step-back-and-smell-the-roses-and-do-a-tweak for a good hour. I could not, for the life of me, figure out what was bugging me about this arrangement.
And then it hit me. The greenery: way too Downton and not enough happy-go-lucky.
So I took it out.
Bam. The power of editing!
Happy spring, fellow flourishers!