DIY Spring Floral Centerpieces February 5, 2015 Happy February! I hope you were able to simplify your home, and therefore your life, in January with our simple and clean in 2015 projects. This month we want to remind you that ‘home is where the heart is’ by sharing projects and ideas that make your heart smile. It’s the dead of winter. That means cooler temperatures here in the south, but in many parts of the country you find yourself knee deep in snow. Spring is on its way, but why not invite it a little bit earlier by making this cute, decorative and colorful bulb centerpiece? These spring flowering bulbs are perfect as a centerpiece on your table, dresser or can even liven up the mantel. Growing bulbs indoors lets you enjoy the colors and fragrance of spring when it’s still months away. While not difficult to do, it’s important to know there are two types of bulbs for growing indoors: those you need to chill and those you don’t. Those bulbs which do not require chilling are bulbs native to warm climates, such as Amaryllis and Paperwhite Narcissus. You can easily grow these bulbs by placing them in a shallow bowl and using pebbles to hold the bulbs in place. Add water, and they’ll usually bloom in three to four weeks. Bulbs which require a chilling period before they’ll bloom include Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths, Crocus, Dutch Iris and Scilla. By chilling them in your refrigerator 3-4 weeks prior to planting, you slowly ‘trick’ them into blooming. But if you don’t want to wait (or can’t), you can simply purchase the already blooming bulbs at your local gardening store and make your own beautiful spring arrangement at home. Choose fun and interesting vessels to make your arrangements or even display in jars like the ones above. To grow your own, ease the plant from pot being careful not to damage the roots. Gently remove some of the soil from around the bulb. If you are using a wooden vessel like this one below, make sure you line it with a plastic bag or gardening liner to prevent water from leaking out. Arrange as many bulbs as you want inside container and fill with soil. Optional steps: -Cover soil with moss for a cleaner display. Moss also helps keep soil moist, requiring less watering. -Add a simple message by using peel and stick chalk paper to the side of your vessel. What a simple and sweet Valentines day gift this would make! Add interest by planting different types and colors of bulbs. Be creative when choosing a container – use ceramic bowls, an old soda crate, baskets, or even a cute little teacup. Whatever you choose to use, these sweet arrangements are a sure way to beat the winter blues.