Create a fragrant and colorful centerpiece with fresh lime slices and blooming perennials. The trick to keeping the lime slices upright is to use two vases of varying sizes, fitting one inside of the other and filling in the space with 1/4-inch-thick lime slices. The luscious fruit and floral scents will last for two-to-three days.
Fill a jar or two with seasonal flowers picked up at a local market or grocery store (or even pick some dried hydrangeas from your own yard.) Mix those with pumpkins and season fruits, like apples and pears, to make simple, but pretty table decorations.
Fill a jar or two with seasonal flowers picked up at a local market or grocery store (or even pick some dried hydrangeas from your own yard.) Mix those with pumpkins and seasonal fruits, like apples and pears, to make simple, but pretty table decorations.
Create a stunning centerpiece for your spring table using seasonal flowers and paper mache letters. Gather the following materials for this project: a craft knife, paper mache letters, floral foam, fresh flowers and pruning shears.
For added interest, mix fall fruits and vegetables with traditional flowers for a florist-worthy centerpiece. Persimmons, pears, apples and grapes are fruits to consider; squash, artichokes, asparagus and winter cabbage are good vegetable choices. Skewered with picks, the produce should look fresh in the arrangement as long as the flowers — about a week.
A chocolate tree (Theobroma cacao) is a large plant, not starting to flower until it reaches 5 to 7 feet tall. It craves warmth (temps above 60 F) and bright light. Sit it outdoors for summer to encourage flowering. Blooms typically form spring through fall, followed by a large pod-like fruit. The fruit starts green and ripens to golden yellow. Inside the fruit are the chocolate beans, which must be fermented and dried before use.
Use persimmon fruits (Diospyros virginiana), which are high in vitamin C, to make cookies, cakes, puddings and more. The trees grow 35 to 60 feet high and are hardy in zones 5 to Fragrant flowers open in spring.
A classic wooden dough bowl is just begging to be filled and put on display. If you struggle with centerpieces, using a stunning dough bowl will make things easy. Simply fill it with seasonal pumpkins, squash, pinecones, berries, branches, fruit and flowers.
Don't worry about fussy centerpieces for this informal picnic. Plop some seasonal flowers in a mason jar and scatter fall fruits, like small pears, and berries around the table. It's a little thing that adds a lot to the overall look of the table.
The coffee plant (Coffee arabica) makes an ideal houseplant, not needing high light to grow and flower. Plants start blooming when three years old and usually in late spring and/or summer. Flowers fade to form green cherry-looking fruit that turns red when ripe. Inside are two coffee beans. In summer, place your coffee plant outdoors, gradually exposing it to sun.
Add another layer of decoration to your floral centerpiece by placing two vessels, one slightly larger than the other, inside of each other. Next, fill the space between the vessels with fruit cut into wheels using a paring knife. Add water to both vessels; then place your flowers inside of the innermost one.
Fresh flowers can be a real budget buster, so if you're looking for ideas to cut back in a big way, consider putting together non-floral centerpieces. Depending on your wedding theme or style you could consider anything from vintage books and candles, spray-painted branches, greenery, potted plants, fruit or picture frames.
‘Vaniglia Sanguigno’ Blood Orange
‘Vaniglia Sanguigno’ is an acidless sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) with a pale pink flesh that has a hint of vanilla. This blood orange is easy to grow, doing best with bright light and temps above 60 F. Watch for flowers in late winter and spring; fertilize lightly through summer. Fruit ripens through fall and winter.
Bronze-purple leaves complement pale pink blooms on ‘Newport’ cherry plum (Prunus cerasifera ‘Newport’). Blossoms appear at the height of spring and fade to form dull purple fruit that birds enjoy. You can also harvest the fruit for eating or making pie or jam. Leaves turn deep purple by summer and shift to red hues in fall. Prune as needed after flowering. This is a small tree, growing 15 to 20 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9.