Mixing potted plants and flowers

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Hi, I'm Kelly Perrywith Team Flower.

And I wanted to share an Eastercenterpiece with you today.

I'm reading this bookcalled Flower Arranging Through the Year,by Daphne Vagg.

And in it thereis a little idea.

They call it pot-et-fleur.

Literally means pot in flour.

It evolved about 20years ago to describe an arrangement of growingplants that are still rooted with a few cut flowers.

At times of theyear when flowers are scarce or expensive,a pot-et-fleur can provide a type of decorationwhich has never really enjoyed the popularity it deservesfor its economy and long life.

A well-plantedand cared for bowl will last for twoor three years.

Well, maybe not ifit lives in– maybe not if it lives in my house.

But if you're a good houseplant person and very attentive, this is a great idea.

I love the concept behind it.

In the book thatthey show here, they have some begonias, succulents,dusty millers, ivies, things like that.

And then they've addedin some little lilies.

A great idea to havesome simple house plants that then you can, throughoutthe year, go back to and simple little if you needa little extra in a boutineer.

Or just to have somethingfresh and growing in your house all the time that you can thentake things they're blooming outside and addinto your bowl, just to keep things fresh and fun.

But it doesn't take maybe quiteas much work as an arrangement.

So that is what we'regoing to do today.

And I am using some thingsthat I would probably plant these things out.

It's not house plantkind of materials.

But these are things that areavailable at the garden center now.

And we're going to plantthem, pop them up here for our Easter bowl.

And then afterfrost passes we're going to go ahead and planthese things out in the garden.

So my version is not as strict.

But that's somethingthat you could do is plant the house plants.

And then follow thesame kind of set up and concept to have somethingthat's fresh and growing throughout the year.

So we are going to start bytaking our terracotta pot.

And I'm going toflip it upside down.

I'd kind of like toage it a little bit, but I don't have time to gothrough the whole process of covering it and lettingthat process happen.

So I'm going to do aquick little cheat.

And I'm going tojust use some chalk.

Some simple classroomchalk or some sidewalk chalk if your kids have some.

And I'm just goingto go back and forth on my bowl with the chalk.

And then we're going to smoothit over and kind of blend it all together just with a towel.

You will, of course,want to be careful when you pick this back upto take it in your house so you don't have chalkall over the front of you.

But this is justa really quick way to get some interest, andtexture, and age to your pot instantly.

It's fun.

Kind of like we'regiving her some makeup.

Putting on the powder.

Now next, we're going toadd some– get a base level of some potting soil in here.

We'll go back over where Ijust put a little thumb print.


And I'm just using a simpleMiracle-Gro potting mix from the hardware storethat has some nutrients for the plants in it already.

This is only designed to lastfor a little while in terms of nutrients for your plants.

So you'll want to checkthe brand and the bag that you have to see what'sin it, how long it will last, and what you'll needto add or supplement to keep your plantslooking great long-term.

I know a lot of timeswith house plants– I'm getting a littlebit better at them.

But I was on a reallosing streak with them because I kept gettinginsects in the soil.

And so I did someDawn dish detergent and have been doing flowerfood in them regularly.

And that's really helped.

So maybe my blackthumb of death is going to leave here pretty soon.


We're going to add these first.

They're just a sweet little–what was this called? Saxi– frage? Fr-ah-g? Did we look this– we lookedthis up and– oh, man.

If I haven't heardit said before.

I have a tough timewith that sometimes.

But it is spelledhighlander white.

And it's S-A-X-I-F-R-A-G-E.

I'm just going to break upthis little bit at the bottom so that the roots canmove around in the pot.

And I chose two different ones.

This one has morecompact flowers and this one was alittle bit leggy looking.

But I liked that becauseI can have this one that is doing a little bitmore movement come and drape down thefront like this.

So I'll tuck that littlebaby in the there.

I'm going to add– I have somedifferent kinds of lettuces.

I guess this is alettuce, a kale, and I think this is cabbage.


A little bit of cabbage.

That one I lost.

I tell people a lotwith cut flowers, feeling the flowersto know if it's going to hold well for usea cut if you're cutting some things from your garden.

If you feel lettuce itfeels very tender and soft.

And then if you feelthis cabbage down here it's very leathery.

That Cabbage will dojust fine out of water.

But the lettuce, you'llhave a little bit more wobbling around.

And we're experiencing thateven now just here on the plant.

The cabbage and kaleover here, same thing.

And I wanted to have a littlebit of lettuce in here.

Have a little spring garden.

Thought it would be sweet.

So we'll see how it does.

Let's put a littlethyme in here next.

Thyme is one of my–this is a lemon variety.

I love thyme.

It's very sweet smelling.

It's great to have on handfor cake decorating flowers if you do wedding flowers.

I like to use that onwedding cakes a lot.

Of course, I makelittle cookies and Jesse and I had it in scrambledeggs the other morning.

When I was choosing theseplants at the garden center I was thinking about thedifferent shapes of the leaves and how they mightlook grouped together.

I wanted to have somevarieties, so that's why we have long lettuce leaves.

And these cabbage leaves havejust a little hint of purple in them, which I really liked.

Just add a little bitof depth to our green.

It's, of course,primarily green.

But I wanted to have alittle hint of color.

Now This, you couldplant the whole thing in the ground I suppose.

I want to liberate itfor what we're doing.

It has become– theroots have come bound around the bottom of this.

Try not to disturb them toomuch but let them go free so they can keep moving.

Easter is one ofmy favorite– well it is my very favorite holiday.

So I'm excited about this one.

Parents are comingdown to visit.

And we'll have our littlebrunch with this centerpiece.

Nice thing about these isyou can do them in advance and keep an eye on them,keep them watered, and happy.

And that's one less thing youhave to do when company comes.

You don't need to bearranging fresh flowers.

You can just touch yourpotted arrangement up and pay attention to your guests.


I think I'm going toreserve these last two, just in case we need them.

And I'm going to fill in witha little bit more potting soil.

Then we're going toadd some fresh flowers.

And these daffodils will be–they will be all done blooming.

They will have lived their lifeby Easter for me right now.

But there will be more in thegarden when Easter rolls around and I'll run out pick some more.

Same with– I think we're goingto add some forsythia to this.

It's a great plant to use.

But again, that forsythia willactually very likely still be looking great forme around Easter.

Forsythia is one of thoseflowers that roofs in water.

And those kinds of thingsare always very long lasting in arrangements.

I don't know if you'veever noticed ivy.

If you cut ivy andput it in a vase, it will start to shoot outlittle roots at the bottom.

Maybe after about twoweeks of being cut.

And forsythia acts the same way.

That's how itspreads in the ground and multiplies is byputting out roots.

So that is a great, great cut.

Great thing tohave in your garden if you don't have already.



So to put theseflowers in, I'm going to use some little water picks.

But I wanted to showyou a few other options.

In the book, whenever theytalk about putting together the pot-et-fleurs, theyhave thin little containers or little vessels that theyactually plant in the soil that then they can puttheir little bouquet in.

So I wanted to show these.

These would begreat little things that you could plant in there.

With what we're doingwith it being so low and just the shape ofwhat we're doing today, this isn't what I need.

We could, if we wantedto, perhaps use this.

This is a little pinfrog cup that you can put a little bitof water down in here.

And then you havethe pins that you can set the flowers in and around.

So I'm going to just–there's a little place right here that I'vecreated that would be fine to put that in.

Since it's green it mixes inwith the things that we have.

I'm just going to put alittle bit of water in that.

And since I might wantto put some flowers in a spot otherthan this or maybe just one littleflower over here, I also have some watertubes to use as well.

And they just look like this ifyou haven't used them before.

They have a little poke andyou just poke it down in there.

And then kind of hide themechanics of that as needed.

So I'm going to startwith the forsythia.

And I'm going to use thisto create the kind of more interesting shape at the top.

We've filled in thebase of our arrangement.

But now opposite of thisrosemary that's probably the most prominent thingthat we have coming up, I'm going to do theforsythia right over here.

And I'm not getting realserious about precisely how this is going in there.

I want it to feelcasual and just that it was a walk in the garden.

But naturally, just becausethat's how my eyes bend, I'm thinking about thelines and the movement that I'm creating in thearrangement with the pieces that I put in.

And then the little daffodils.

You can see how they getthis little– where they've been living and forming.

You can just pull that offand liberate the flower.

So there she is.

Glad and ready to roll.

I'm going to take aquick peek at my flowers.

See which ones are thebiggest, which ones are medium, which ones are small.

That helps me as I place them.

You place larger flowers atthe base of the arrangement and smaller ones higher.

It feels a littlebit more grounded, I guess is the word youcould use to describe that.

And as I place theflowers in, I'm thinking about justputting maybe one a stair step above the other, ratherthan crunching them together.

Because I want this to justlook like they're growing there.

And as you go out andgather your flowers, you don't have to use daffodils.

You don't have to use forsythia.

Use whatever is in your garden.

But notice as you bring itin and as it's growing there, just the naturalbend to the flower and how it seems to grow.

And if you mimicthat kind of look as you arrange it in the bowl,you'll get a nice garden feel.

So I'm going to show you–I have this one in here and I'm going to take it out.

And I'll show you why I think–I mean it could stay there.

But I kind of think it's astronger composition to me if I just pull thisout and we have that.

These were kind of on thesame level and similar.

So I'm just going to readjusthow this one is facing.

Maybe use it a littlebit further back in the arrangement.

So now I'm goingto work this angle.

And see how as we dothis we're creating depth in the arrangement.

You can tell that it'smoving backwards here just a little bit more.


You really could,I think, stop there with the flower placement.

What I might do with some ofthese other smaller daffodils that I have is just createa small little grouping in a little budvase and put these in front of each person seat.

I think that would be a sweetway to use the rest of these.

And I wanted to add inmy little bunny here.

I have two younger sisters.

And the one next in lineto me, her name is Kristin.

But we– from the dayshe was born she just looked like the sweetestlittle snugly bunny.

And the name stuck.

So this is littlebunny right here.

She can't make itdown to Easter.

So we're going toput this little– we're going to put thislittle bunny in here to remember Kristin.

I think we will putthat right here.


And just these lasttwo that I have.

There's a little spot back here.

I'm going to fill them in.


I think that took care of that.

I think we're done.

Another thing you might want todo down the ends of the tables.

I know everybody's dinner tablesare a little bit different.

Some people areeating family style.

Some people are having it on abuffet or something like that.

So just a few other things.

So the daffodils in thebud vase is another way that you could add andmake something with this.

And then there are littlesweet terracotta pots that you can get atthe hardware store.

They have littletiny mini ones too.

That might besomething that's sweet that you could put at eachperson's place setting.

And I also have some carrotsand I have some cabbage leaves.

I took some leaves off.

And I have the actualcabbage head here.

You can arrangethese down your table and make it sweet and special.

Or you might even consider usingone of these cabbage leaves as maybe a place card.

Maybe you paint, just with somelittle– bit of acrylic paint, you paint their little namein there as a place card.

Or you could serve a chickensalad in it, you know.

Whatever you think.

But there's somany sweet ways you can use something like this.

And what a beautifulleaf, all the colors and veins within the leaf.

So those are a few littleideas for you with that.

I already mentionedplanning it out after you're finished usingit as your centerpiece.

And don't want to forget togive it a little bit of water here before we sign off as well,since we've disturbed those– disturbed those roots,go ahead and get them some water back to their way.

So that's what I've got for you.

Wishing you a wonderful,wonderful Easter.

And hope that you enjoy springand all the beautiful things that it has to offer.

Talk to you soon.

Have a great day.

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