Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. I get so excited just to see all the new blooms that are going to pop up. The once dormant dry tree branches begin sprouting new shoots of burgundy and quickly begin to grow. It is amazing how every year produces a new rebirth of buds then blooms for us to enjoy. Our flowering plum tree produces a beautiful plethora of blooms each February.
Here's what we like to do when these trees start to bud. We always take that time and set it aside to prune back our trees. My husband does the clipping, and I gather branches to use in my bouquets. I am careful to clip them at an angle and add extra slices in the base of the tree wood so they can absorb a lot of water. I organize and arrange the branches in larger vases like old pickle jars. This will help them last as long as possible.
Once I have a nice full vase, I bring them inside and put them out on my buffet to display. As they begin to bloom, they may get a little messy. I don't mind the mess because it is worth it to enjoy these pretty blooms, even if only for a short while. They make beautiful tall centerpieces on dining tables and side tables. You can see how I used them in a post I wrote last year here The light fragrance and soft airy feel of these pale pink petals is a delight to enjoy!