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Different Flowers for Different Seasons
Spring -
Daffodils :DaffodilsThe paler daffodils should not be arranged with stronger coloured kinds. They need to be arranged simply. Cut glass bowls and the like seem out of keeping. Moss carpeted baskets, simple dishes and wooden bowls are more pleasing. Miniature daffodils are properly regarded as rock plants, but, fortunately, readily adapt themselves to being grown in pots and pans.

Tulips :Tulips Long stemmed tulips are magnificent flowers to arrange, but their line, stem and dignity of form should not be left unconsidered. For instance, if you take a bunch of tulips and stick them in a trumpet shaped vase, you have done little to help display their essential qualities. Long ago the people in Holland understood this. They had special vases made; sometimes these were tall with holes in the top, and sometimes fan shaped.

Tulips in shell shaped vases also tend to look good. It lets the curve of their stems seen to full advantage. It is helpful to have some of the deep-toned tulips for decoration, like Bacchus (a dark plum colour), Frans Hals (a deep purple) and the Bishop ( a fine bluish purple). Such a selection as these with some, with some soft pinks and such of the stronger reds as your fancy dictates, give you marvelous material for decoration.

Summer -

Should your mind run one summer`s day to the richness of purples and lilacs, burgundy or amaranth, cramoisy, ruby and garnet, you can, with a basketful of roses create such a cascading symphony of colour.

For people who love to collect them, the `old roses` mean primarily the gallicas, the damasks, the mosses and the albas. Everyone with a passion for gardening should grow some of these old fashioned ones. They have perfection in colour and shape on the one hand, romance and indescribable scent on the other.

These are, however, not the kind of roses you can arrange in tall vases. You can either cut short stems and mass them in bowls, or you can pick long heavily-flowered branches.

Old roseOld roses are essentially summer flowers, for they have no second annual bloom. Also they have no yellow colouring at all. The comforting thing is that you can cut them at will without doing any harm. Cutting them is, at worst, a slight reduction of the richness; at best a gentle pruning.

The common moss rose must not be put down. In fact this is a poor name for it- for this is the rose that inspired the composers of valentines and decorators of China long ago. It has slender, beautiful buds which open to the prettiest of pink flowers, and the scent is ravishing.

Almost anyone can grow the Philadelphus. It marks the onset of summer - the flower laden bushes of mock orange. The scent, the grace, the lavishness of the flower tell the glory of summer. It should be arranged in high, wide and glorious profusion. This rose will grow and flower in a town yard. You may pick the flowers freely without worrying that you are stealing years of carefully nurtured growth.


This time of year has its own intrinsic beauties; the magic of a frosty morning, the grandeur of a leafless tree and the smell of wood smoke. A few late fruits of crab apple, seed heads and late flowers may prove an inspiration for a flower and fruit group.
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