So much pleasure can be captured in small flower, which do not require a lot of nor cost a lot of money.
Spring is the time for smallof violets, , and snowdrops, or for foliage and branches. As a small arrangement, hellebores, —the beautiful greenish white Christmas and Lenten roses — are both charming and effective. They last well, and one needs to have only a few of them in a flat dish. Sometimes the purplish tinge on the outside of the petals goes well with the pale pink and purple , particularly as the shape of the is so similar (both are typical members of the same family); anemones or violets in a wine glass on a small table, Christmas roses or in a small jug or vase — all of these small arrangements take on a new significance on a winter evening, if they stand in the light of a reading lamp.
Three carnations with a background of evergreen foliage can be arranged in a tall, narrow necked, early scent bottle. Mixed geraniums in a small glass dish are cheerful and welcoming but quite different in character from mignonette and soft tea roses, or the sturdy brightness of nasturtiums, or a rainbow bouquet of flowers from the rock garden in a curved porcelain trough.
Other ideas for using simple material in small arrangements are :
- A mixed group of early summer flowers, sweet rocket, ( ), elder flower.
- White flowers cut short with wedding grass in a simple wicker basket painted dark green : green and white makes a fresh colour scheme. And the graceful, spear like shape of the wedding grass combined with its colouring, makes it a most useful addition to a flower arrangement.
- A few roses in a porcelain basket; if some of the rose foliage can be spared from the bush, there is nothing better for showing off an almost fully blown rose. To be more effective some of the flowers should be cut much shorter than others and placed well down towards the centre, to show their full face.
- A single rose with its own foliage, either in a tall, early champagne glass or an old scent bottle ; a tall branch of a climbing rose can be arranged in a dark green well-shaped wine bottle (especially attractive if a yellow rose such as Emily Gray or Gloire de Dijon is used).
- Queen Anne’s lace could be cut short with geums and lamb’s ears (Stachys lanata) arranged in a low bread basket.
- Peonies, two or three, or only one with either their own most attractive or two or three sprays of (Philadelphus) in flower, Chilean gum box ( ) or Japanese quince (depending on the colour of the peonies).
- Foliage of iris and sprays of masterwort (Astrantia) cut quite short, with their own ; the masterwort contrasts well with the iris spears.
- Columbines with Queen Anne’s lace, cut short, in an early sauce or gravy boat (preferably with yellow columbines).
- , two or three flowers with their curving and tendrils, arranged either on a flat dish for a table decoration, or in a decanter to show off the and leaves.
- Geranium or pelargonium — green leaves banded with white (perhaps Dolly Varden), just a few short sprays arranged with white pinks cut short in a piece of white porcelain—perhaps a figurine or a white basket.
- Ox-eye daisies in a small wicker basket, with Queen Anne’s lace cut short and a few buttercups.
- Mignonette arranged with the dark silver grey foliage of Con volvulus cneorum and some of the lighter grey of immortelle and love-in-a-mist, all cut quite short and arranged rather in posy style in a small jug or tumbler.