'Tulips'

Spring Blooms ~ Spring Arrangements

April 15, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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We’ve made it to the end of another week, a week where we’ve looked at 4 different types of flowers readily available in the Spring, so I thought today we would take a look at some arrangements you can create using our flowers of the week. We’ve looked at Tulips, Muscari, Hyacinths, and Lilacs so I tried to find arrangements with some or all of those flowers in them. One thing you may notice in some of the pics I’m sharing today are Peonies, it’s still a little early for Peonies but when they do become available we’ll talk about them as well because they’re hands down everyone’s favorite Spring flower. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, enjoy these pictures and find some floral inspiration, Enjoy!!! (above via)

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Spring Blooms ~ Tulips

April 11, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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I thought this week we would talk Spring flowers. Spring is the greatest time for flowers, everywhere you look there are beds full of beautiful pansies and tulips popping up through them, so you have color down low from the pansies and color up high from the tulips. Tulips are on of my favorite flowers to use in arrangements, they are now available almost year round and I love the fact that once you cut them and add them to an arrangement they continue to grow. There are several kinds of tulips available and depending on the type of tulip they grow from 4 inches up to 28 inches in height. Most of the time we think of tulips coming from the Netherlands but they naturally come from the Iberian peninsula, across North Africa and over to Greece and Turkey, tulips also grow naturally through parts of Asia. The colors of tulips are amazing, whether you’re wanting the bright yellows, pinks, and purples that are available or the elegance of a vase of white tulips, there’s nothing better than tulip heads peeking out of a flower arrangement and they’re available in most grocery store floral areas. So pick up a bunch or two of your favorite colors of tulips and bring some Springtime in.

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Words are my own
Images courtesy of
House Beautiful &
Netherlands Tourism

Spring in Oklahoma

March 18, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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This Sunday is March 20th and the first day of Spring, I thought I would take a look at the state I call home and the city I live in and see what signs of Spring I can find. In Oklahoma, you can almost always count on bright blue skies this time of year, if not then that means there’s probably a storm on the way, lately we’ve been having beautiful weather with sunny and warmish days and cool nights. Appropriately our state tree, the Redbud, can be found in full bloom all over the place, I love their bright cheerful color. Pansies are providing beds of color for tulips that are springing up in flower beds across the city. Join me for a quick tour of Oklahoma City this Spring, enjoy your weekend and have a wonderful first day of Spring, Enjoy!!!

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Hello April!!!!

April 1, 2015

By Tab Byrum

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When I think about the month of April my mind always goes to  rain and flowers, I’m sure it goes back to “April Showers Bring May Flowers”.  April in Oklahoma means uncertain weather as we enter the first of several months of stormy weather, we’ve already had tornadoes in Oklahoma this year.  Today we are going to take a look at Spring around Oklahoma City, focusing on flowers and Redbuds, which are the state tree for the Sooner state. Hopefully this will bring you some inspiration and don’t forget Easter is this Sunday, the biggest Spring holiday of them all.  Enjoy!!!

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Arranging Made Easy

February 23, 2015

By Tab Byrum

Several years ago I was introduced to a great little device that is not only pretty in it’s own right but is only made more beautiful when fresh flowers are added, and it results in beautiful flower arrangements.  The piece I’m focusing on today is called a Tulipiere, it was created in Europe to grow tulips in and not as a vase for cut flowers, which is how it’s more used today in the 21st Century.  The Tulipiere was created from clay or blue and white delftware, and was originally conceived in the 17th Century.

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Each opening in the Tulipiere would accomodate one bloom with all the flowers using the common water source of the pot they are in.  Tulipieres became something of a status symbol, with some of them being made so large they could sit on the floor, these were also indicators of their owner’s wealth.  You can still find Tulipieres occasionally in antique stores and some companies today still produce them, I like to use them for flower arrangements using flowers other than tulips or other bulb flowers and today they are made from other materials such as clear glass and in lots of different colors.   Let’s take a look at Tulipieres and the gorgeous flowers they hold, Enjoy!!!

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