In a Classical Vase

 

 

What you need:

  • 1 bunch Pussy willows
  • 1 bunch Purple Magnolia branches
  • 2 1/2 bricks of wet-pack floral foam 
  • a classical vase 9 inches H x 7 inches Diam.
  • a bag of Reindeer moss

Supplies Needed:

  • bypass pruners
  • produce knife

Steps: 4

Cost: $28

Rated: Advanced:

Some parts of the country are having spring weather already, but other places are still experiencing snow. Don't worry, these Pussy willows will make you think Spring, no matter the weather outside.  Here's a shout out to my good friend Carolann, who let me take this photo in her lovely home.

Don't let the advanced rating scare you.  This arrangement looks super easy, but it doesn't have a definite front, back, right and left side.  It is sculptural.  It has to looks good and balanced all the way around.  Ah.  Some of the willows I bought have side branches that fork out quite a ways to the left or right, which make it trickier to balance.  It's OK if they curve at the top, but I would recommend willows that are straight and don't branch off to the side.  It will make your life easier.  

Did you know you can 'force' Pussy willows?  That's right.  If you trim them at a sharp angle with bypass pruners as soon as you get them home and keep them in water (you could keep them in floral foam in water) and in a cool place, in a few weeks the fuzzy part will sprout leaves.  Fun right?  You can actually root them in the wet-pack floral foam, as long as you keep water in it.  So keep theses babies alive!  Here's a link about this: www.marthastewart.com/267547/forcing-basics

Well, if you have your willows, branches, vase, foam, and moss you are ready.  Let's begin

 

Cut part of a wet-pack brick to fit the bottom of the vase.

Cut part of a wet-pack brick to fit the bottom of the vase.

Push foam down into bottom of vase.

Push foam down into bottom of vase.

Score foam for half the vase.  Then cut other half and put in.

Score foam for half the vase.  Then cut other half and put in.

Fill with water until it won't accept any more.

Fill with water until it won't accept any more.

Put Pussy willow going at a slight angle.  Make it look good from all sides.

Put Pussy willow going at a slight angle.  Make it look good from all sides.

Add lower Purple Magnolias going out at an angle like the Pussy Willow.

Add lower Purple Magnolias going out at an angle like the Pussy Willow.

Add Purple Magnolia all around arrangement.

Add Purple Magnolia all around arrangement.

Add tallest Magnolia in center with next tallest on left and right center.

Add tallest Magnolia in center with next tallest on left and right center.

Use Reindeer Moss around top of vase to cover foam.

Use Reindeer Moss around top of vase to cover foam.

Take pinches of moss and push around willows and branches.

Take pinches of moss and push around willows and branches.

Voila!  Here it is.

Voila!  Here it is.

These are the Purple Magnolia blossoms.

These are the Purple Magnolia blossoms.

These are just getting ready to open.

These are just getting ready to open.

The little Pussy Willow catkins look like caterpillars.

The little Pussy Willow catkins look like caterpillars.

Welcome Spring.  Enjoy!

Welcome Spring.  Enjoy!