There is a beautiful Magnolia tree on an empty lot at the end of our street right next to the sidewalk. I've been spying on it as it has progressed from bud to bloom, and finally walked down last week to take a few clippings. The beauty of living in northern California is that Spring tries its best to begin in January. In this DIY, we use the Magnolia branches/flowers as the star, and fill in with some "clipped from my garden" berries and succulents and grocery store Hyacinth. Total cost - about $15 plus a little bit of time.
What you will need:
- Floral shears/scissors
- A large vase or urn
- Magnolia branches with flowers
- Succulents (any green variety)
- Japanese Privet berries (or other blue/purple berries)
Trim the Magnolia branches to your desired height and shape, and place them in the vase allowing them to rest in a natural manner.
Remove any leaves from the Japanese Privet to highlight the berries and trim the stems to an appropriate length for your vase.
Trim the Hyacinth and remove any extra leaves. Again, place them naturally and asymmetrically within the vase.
In this final step, we add some succulents for a touch of green and additional texture. Keep in mind that even after the other flowers have died, the succulents can be removed and replanted in the garden where they will continue to grow and thrive.
All photos by N. Underwood for Naked Bouquet