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Easter parade method.

THE recent warm spell has given us the opportunity to open the doors and windows and blow some of those dusty winter cobwebs away. Yes, it is time for the spring clean once again. Last week I found myself doing just that as the workshop had been neglected throughout those winter months.

Sorting, throwing out, revamping, and re-organising. Wow, it made me feel good, I'm ready now for the busy weeding season ahead of me.

Whilst I was putting things in order, my mother and my young daughter were both in the garden, re-potting and filling old baskets and pots with lovely colourful primulas to be placed around the yard at a later date. However, it wasn't just the front door that received some uplifting colour, the toddler tricycle was also given a spring makeover; there she was squeezing the poor primula into a tiny cup-holder on th1e bike, looking up at me as if to say "now that looks better", and I did not have the heart to disagree!

Our spring flowering garden is simply a joy. The bare framework is still in view as it has been throughout winter which makes the glimpse of a tiny green bud, a leaf uncurling, or a bulb pushing its head toward the sun so much more interesting. Never at any other time of the year do you pay so much attention to the small details and we cling to those early signs of spring because they hint at what is to come.

Why not bring that spring colour and energy into the house? You can then forget about the cleaning and you won't even notice the cobwebs when you have a beautiful Easter flower arrangement on your table.

EASTER ARRANGEMENT: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE what you need 12ins oasis posy pad; muelenbeckia stems; moss; tete-a-tete daffodils; primula; muscari; five tulips; wire to secure the muelenbeckia; chocolate eggs and feathers for decoration method. Soak posy pad and cut three holes out of the foam. Plant three of your favourite small spring flowering bulbs into the holes (I'm using tete-atete primula and muscari) ? Cover remaining oasis with moss and secure with wire ? Wrap some of the muelenbeckia stems or alternatively ivy or pussy willow to create a lovely mixture around the side of the foam, creating a nest. Again secure with wire ? To finish, place tulips into the foam, gently bending the stems around the edges, holding them in place with the overlapping muelenbeckia stems. This creates interest in the design ? A few chocolate eggs placed on the moss would create an even better Easter treat ? Deeside colleges full and parttime floristry and gardening courses details at 01244 834531, deeside.ac.uk

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 7, 2012
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