How to make an Easter garden gathered arrangement

What you’ll need:
Locally foraged branches
Garden grown tulips in two colours (mine are Tulip Spring Green and Apricot Parrot)
Garden grown daffodils (I’ve used Narcissus Sophie Girl)
A vase
A pair of secateurs

A cardboard box or bin placed on the floor to throw your discarded leaves into

plastic bucket filled with apricot parrot tulips, green and cream green star tulips and white and orange narcissus sophie girl as well as foraged foliage, glass vase all on top of a wooden table 

Head out for a leisurely bank holiday walk with the family and be sure to take your secateurs with you.  Try and find 3 different types of foliage and you’ll probably want about 3 stems of each.  In this arrangement I purposely chose branches that had a nice arcing quality to them to soften the look of the arrangement while adding a bit of grandeur.

You can make this arrangement with shop bought tulips but there is something about the movement of garden grown stems that adds that touch of romance and a little bit of quirkiness.  Plus you’d be lucky to find the varieties I’ve used here in your local florist and if you did you’d be paying through the nose for them!

Start by scrubbing your vase with hot water and bleach (don your marigolds to protect your hands). Rinse it well with hot water and then fill it with lukewarm water.

 glass vase filled with water on top of a wooden table

Starting with your foliage cut the stem at a 45 degree angle and remove any leaves that fall below the waterline when in the vase.

bright pink secateurs, a branch with the end cut at a 45 degree angle and a cardboard box filled with discarded leaves

Add the stems one at a time crossing them over in the vase to form a framework to give the flowers support.

As you add your foliage, keep turning the vase to make sure it looks good from all angles.  This is especially important if it is going on the lunch table.

 Glass vase containing arching foliage branches

If you managed to find any blossom on your foraging walk or you’re lucky enough to have a suitable tree in your garden then add that next, making sure its evenly spread throughout the arrangement.

 glass vase filled with water, green foliage and white spring blossom

Now for the flowers!  Be sure to remove any lower leaves so your water stays crystal clear and bacteria free.  Everyone does this differently but I like to add my showstoppers first so I make sure they get the best spots.  In this one I’m using Apricot parrot tulips which have very large heavy heads so I’ve made sure to take that into account in my placement of them. Either I’ve placed them so they can drape lazily over the edge of the vase or I’ve put them next to some foliage branches to give them a little bit of support.

 glass vase filled with water, green foliage, white spring blossom and orange/ pink parrot tulips

Tulips are one of the few flowers that keep growing once cut so be mindful of this when deciding when to put them in your display.  I quite like the fact that your display is ever changing though.

Then add your second type of tulips, mine are tulip spring green.  These have much straighter stems and their heads are far lighter so I’ve used them to add some height.

glass vase containing green foliage, white spring blossom, orange/ pink parrot tulips and cream and white tulips 

Lastly, fill the gaps with your daffodils.  The orange centres of these Narcissus Sophie Girl  tie in with the orange of the parrot tulips to give a cohesive overall theme.

 green, white, orange and pink spring arrangement in a glass vase containing parrot curly edged tulips, standard shaped tulips and white daffodils with an orange centre

Place it on your dining table to wow your lunch guests!