But, come spring, I love to give it a vignette that celebrates the season. It is now made of all faux materials, but I used to do this with real plants. It never lasted long, and watering it was a nightmare. So, I got smart and put together a pretty good look that lasts and lasts.
In order not to scratch the wood with the styrofoam, I set it all on a plastic bag. The styrofoam sheets are used like risers and I use wooden skewer-like picks to keep them together.
These rubbery cabbage leaves that are really placemats go next to cover the plastic bag.
Loose forsythia branches and two tulip sprays get it to this point. Since everything is wired, I just bend it until I like the way looks. By putting it in front of a mirror, the materials are doubled in appearance.
Three fuzzy little bunnies and a potted conical tree are added after the ferns at each end. The one little guy is on a styrofoam piece to give him height.
These hosta leaves are cut off of several sprays of hosta.
They add a lot of interest with their variegated colors.
I also cut up several types of ferns to stick in here and there for "covering the mechanics", as the flower show judges like to say. Then I start placing the little flowering plants and cabbages.
After adding a bird's nest and an egg, it looks like this.
The last touch is some reindeer moss and some lichen.
It looks so much better to have the bunnies partially hidden. After all, Floppsie, Moppsie, and Cotton Tail don't want Farmer MacGregor to see them!
Our grandson, Owen, always puts a "Ploppsie" in the story somewhere! Maybe this is really Ploppsie!
This is sort of like putting up my Christmas tree. It makes me smile every time I walk through the dining room. Some might ask, "why go to all the bother?", but it's so worth it to me.
This could be used on a mantle, too.
Can we ever have too much spring?
What ever their names, they are wishing you a joyous spring!