By Kathleen McLeod
Sometimes winter drags on too long and we can’t wait any longer to see the magnificent spring colors that flowers exude in the warmer weather. Sometimes we’re too busy to care for beautiful flowers of our own, leaving our properties dull and bare. Karen Drimmie, of Drimmie Florist in Elora, Ontario, let me know that it doesn’t have to be this way. We can in fact have gorgeous floral arrangements in any season, and they don’t need our regular attention.
Not to worry, Karen isn’t referring to the unrealistic plastic flowers that will melt in the sun. Her shop boasts of high end, natural looking silk plants that even the trained eye can’t detect. From tulips and roses to exotic tropical plants; from urns and wreaths to table centerpieces—she has it all, and yes, they are faux! To top it off, these flowers can withstand the hottest of summers and the cruelest of winters. Our Editor-in-Chief, Mary Hughes, was so impressed with Karen’s faux arrangements that she just had to get some for her home!
Yellow is so bright and fresh and really offers eye-popping color. It is a great color used against a darkset background or it can liven up stone and gives an immediate “spring-summer effect.” The yellow urns are done in a natural fashion, using faux forsythia branches, yellow ranunculs, yellow freesia, chartreuse green flocked branches and edged in fern. Natural moss was used at the base to cover the foam, and natural pussy willow and curly willow branches are used to give height and add the feeling of new growth. The door wreath is a nice compliment to the white hydrangea and yellow forsythia, especially with its white and yellow polka dot silk ribbon. This look gives a sunny impression to visitors in early spring, when grass is still brown and flowers aren’t in bloom yet.
Purple passion is hot this year! Purple adds a rich sense of color and makes passersby give a second look. Purple is perfect for doorways that need a ‘punch’ of color. Purple urns give a look that will last all spring and summer. The urns are a tower-like design of chartreuse green flocked spray branches, graced with purple pansies, orchid-colored peonies and pussy willow branches. The urns are complimented with a door wreath made from oval shaped natural grape vine and faux flowers, all tied in with sheer lavender ribbons. The purple pansies in vintage clay pots will fool most visitors into bending down to smell the seemingly real flowers.
Orange and Yellow
Another popular color combination for spring is orange and yellow together. Chartreuse green is a color that can be used in any mix of colors, as it is a representation of new growth and spring in general.