The first things to bloom in our fields each spring are daffodils!
These bright, cheery flowers dot the sides of every country lane in our area. Long-lived, easy to grow, and deer-proof, daffodils are everywhere. Probably in your garden, too!
Here are 3 ways to bring the outside in and arrange with spring daffodils.
1. Daffodils “En Masse”
If you have an abundance of one type of daffodil, displaying it en masse is perfect.
To make an en masse daffodil arrangement, first pick the right vase.
Choose a vase that is the right size for your flowers: choose a small vase or one with a small opening if you’ve only got a handful of blooms. If you have armfuls of daffodils, choose a vase with a larger opening to show them off.
Next, arrange your flowers! Cut your daffodil stems to different lengths, so that the heights of the blooms are staggered. This will create interest and add depth to your arrangement, even though it’s made with just one type of flower.
2. Daffodil Bud Vase Cluster
Daffodils work very well in bud vases, where their individual personalities can take up lots of space.
When several different varieties of daffodils are blooming in our yard, I like to create tiny “en masse” arrangements in different bud vases, giving each variety its own little spotlight!
You probably already have vessels in your house that could be bud vases. Small glass jars, antique medicine bottles, empty olive oil bottles, perfume bottles: anything with a small opening can serve as a bud vase.
Arrange your daffodils in your various bud vases. Then, you can display them together in a cluster, or spread them around to bring some bright colors to different parts of your house.
This blog post has a full tutorial for creating bud vase arrangements.
3. Daffodils In the Mix
In the later part of spring, we start to have other flowers alongside our daffodils. Sometimes, I like to use daffodils in arrangements with other kinds of flowers.
Mixing daffodils with other blooms has to be done carefully, because the stems of daffodils contain a sticky sap that can shorten the vase life of other flowers.
Before mixing daffodils into an arrangement with other flowers, condition the daffodils on their own. Cut the stems of the daffodils, then place them into a separate container of clean water. After 2-3 hours, the ends of the stems will have sealed over, and they will be safe to combine with other flowers.
When you change the water in your arrangement, or re-cut other flower stems throughout the week, don’t re-cut the daffodil stems!
If you condition your daffodils in this way, you can enjoy them mixed into arrangements with all sorts of other spring blooms.
I hope you feel inspired to make something beautiful with daffodils! These spring beauties are seriously underrated, and I’d love to see the ways you discover to bring them into your home.
Samantha is the owner of Sea Change Farm & Flower.
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One comment on “Daffodils, Arranged 3 Ways”
Samantha, Thank you so much for this great tutorial. I had never heard of daffodil conditioning to allow them to be arranged safely with other flowers. Unfortunately, my daffodils have already finished blooming, but I’m going to try this next Spring. I can’t wait to try them with my David Austen Golden celebration roses. We may have an early Spring in zone 10A, but we also manage to have roses in February.