Daffodils and forsythia branches

Week 9, as we revisit the 10-year anniversary of the book, Slow Flowers

A new pair of green and gold arrangements
A new pair of green and gold arrangements for March 2023

Two types of euphorbia (Euphorbia myrsinites and E. characias) , chosen for their acid-green bracts, plus a crackle-glazed lime green vase, were starting points for the “Just Add Lime” arrangement featured in my Slow Flowers book, published in 2013.

Now, I have an entirely different garden and the only spurge growing here (Euphorbia robbiae) has more of a ground cover habit and hasn’t bloomed yet.

daffodils, geraniums, and vintage glass.
Daffodils, geraniums, and vintage Depression glass. I’m pretty sure I found this vase at a flea market. The dark olive pressed glass is a perfect complement to the foliage.

However, I do have forsythia in bud, growing in the back corner behind the greenhouse, along with several fancy-leaf geraniums in pots, spending the winter months inside the greenhouse. I also clipped some golden privet, which grows next to the forsythia. It is one of those reliable broadleaf evergreens that often contributes extra foliage!

Instead of the original vase, which somehow migrated out of my possession, I selected two beautiful vintage green vases from my collection, perfect for this week’s verdant arrangements.

marble glass
Same ingredients in a vintage green-and-white slag glass vase, attributed to a Westmoreland Glass slag pattern called “swirl and ball.” I LOVE this vase!

Daffodils from Trader Joe’s are the only botanicals not sourced from within five steps from my back door. My own daffodil harvest is probably a few weeks away, so stay tuned. They might make an appearance in late March or early April.

Just Add Lime from 2013 Slow Flowers Book

I wrote these thoughts about the original arrangement:

“The spring green color of new growth is indescribably beautiful. I notice it suddenly, almost as if our first slightly warm day of the year flips a hidden switch inside deciduous trees and shrubs, mature evergreens and returning perennials. There’s a youthful glow to the earth and a shimmer of pale citron hovers over every growing thing.”

from Slow Flowers (2013)
Debra Prinzing

Debra Prinzing is a Seattle-based writer, speaker and leading advocate for American-grown flowers. Through her many Slow Flowers-branded projects, she has convened a national conversation that encourages consumers and professionals alike to make conscious choices about their floral purchases. Debra is the producer of SlowFlowers.com, the weekly "Slow Flowers Podcast" and the American Flowers Week (June 28-July 4) campaign. Debra is author of 11 books, including Slow Flowers (2013), The 50 Mile Bouquet (2012) and Slow Flowers Journal (2020). She is the co-founder of BLOOM Imprint, the boutique publishing arm of Slow Flowers.

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