Spring is finally here in the North East and we are so excited to see all the budding trees and spring flowers coming up. Since we are foragers at heart, this week is all about the flowers we have been able to gather right from our yards and from our local flower growers. Seeking an alternative to an arrangement, we thought we’d put together a spring wreath to highlight these beautiful blooms. This style of wreath is a great way to add a floral pop to an afternoon garden party or a spring brunch. Who can resist the sweet smell of lilac? -The Ladies of Forêt
We began by collecting a mixture of pieris japonica, dicentra (also known as bleeding heart), lilac, foxglove, plumosa fern, and smilax and repurposing a hog brush wreath as a structure. You can find pre-made wreaths like this at your local craft store, or you can make one with a wire structure and collected branches. We love the way the smilax wrapped around the brush as it would in nature. Next we cut the stems of the flowers and began to nestle them in the wreath, securing with wire when needed. Unlike other more permanent wreathes, many of the blooms in this wreath are not kept in water so the beauty of it is a bit fleeting. To extend the life of your blooms, add small water picks on the ends of stems and conceal them with greens or other blooms. When deciding what materials to use for this project, just look around your yard or neighborhood for inspiration. This project is just away to get you outside and observing the new life around!