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CITRUS FRENCH COUNTRY CHARM

 

W E L C O M E !

 

It’s been raining here in Southern California. A lot.

 

Which we totally need…but still, I am ready for spring days with sun.

 

Are you?

 

 

 

Then you’ve come to the right place!

 

 

Because today my Monday Morning Blooms friends and I

 

are creating a floral arrangement with citrus fruits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve combined the juicy colors of oranges, grapefruits, and lemons

 

 

with bright colored flowers to get a vibrant, playful look!

 

 

 

 

Like freshly squeezed lemonade on a warm sunny day,

 

 

this bright and cheerful arrangement is a cheerful sensation.

 

 

 

 

For this arrangement I chose not to add the fruit to the flowers.

 

Adding citrus fruit to fresh flower arrangements is really beautiful, though.

 

 

 

I’ll give you some tips to do that later on.

 

 

 

 

 

To design this happy arrangement in an antique Chinoiserie jardiniere,

 

 

I first created a grid with special clear floral tape.

 

 

 

And then arranged the flowers in these smaller grids.

 

 

It helps the flowers stand up, instead of falling to the sides.

 

 

 

 

I used white chamomile, tulips the color of sweet blood oranges, ranunculus in lemon and orange colors,

 

 

and tiny carnations that are the color of sweet pink lemonade.

 

 

 

 

The table is set with a blue and white paisley tablecloth

 

 

and matching cotton napkins.

 

 

 

On inexpensive rose gold chargers

 

I layered blue and white Chinoiserie plates

 

that are part of our FGH Spring Collection launching soon.

 

 

 

 

I placed the antique blue and white jardiniere on an ironstone platter

 

in the center of the table.

 

 

And added small mandarins and lemons

 

that are pretty to look at, but also delicious.

 

 

 

 

An antique French canning jar with a pretty Mirabelle Plum

 

 

label holds a taller bouquet of the same flowers.

 

 

 

 

Little name cards with gilded bees

{yes! also part of the FGH Spring Collection coming soon!}

 

 

were placed on each plate with a small mandarin for a pop of color.

 

 

 

Citrus fruits bring a natural bright element to centerpieces.

 

If you want to add citrus fruits to your vase, whole or sliced, here’s what you need to know:

 

  • The acidity of citrus fruit shortens the life of fresh flowers. Use a smaller vase inside a larger vase to keep your flowers and fruit separate.  Flowers go in the center vase, fruit slices around it in the larger vase.
  • If you just want to add the sliced fruit to your vase, you can! But just be aware that the arrangement won’t last as long.
  • You can use lemons, grapefruits, limes, oranges and mandarins.
  • Other fruit doesn’t work as well, apples, pears etc. will brown which is not pretty.

 


 

You can see another citrus themed arrangement I made HERE >

 

 

Be sure to visit all my Monday Morning Blooms friends!

 

 

SHIRLEY

 

PAM
 

 


MARY

 

And me, LIDY.

 

 

I have so many exciting things to share!

 

I’ll be reviewing my friend decorator Eric Ross’ new book Enduring Southern Homes and

giving away a copy, announcing our new exclusive kit to help you arrange flowers like a pro,

launching our 2019 French Country Spring Collection, and more!

 

à bientôt

 

If you want to romance your Home and Garden with antique and vintage treasures to make you smile each time you come home, visit our shop FrenchGardenHouse.

19 Responses to CITRUS FRENCH COUNTRY CHARM

  1. Lidy, I’m beyond ready for a little sunshine to dry out from our rain. Your jardinière filled with bright flowers paired with the citrus is the perfect remedy and flower therapy for a rainy week. I’m swooning over your ranunculus and tulips and I love the addition of your pretty checked ribbon in your arrangement and tucked through your placecard. I’m all abuzz over the gilded bees! Thank you for beautiful start to my morning. I look forward to Mondays with my flower loving friends. <3

  2. I am in awe of your gorgeous arrangement in the stunning blue and white jardiniere….and you found ranunculus??!!!!…Can’t imagine they variety of flowers at your CA Trader Joe’s has!…the colors are stunning and table setting exquisite. Must stay that the striped lemons caught my eye too! Beautiful, beautiful Lidy, from the tablecloth, the setting, the everything!!!!…I am so looking forward to the review of Eric Ross’ new book…I love his style!!!…and also to your new Spring collection. I must say that I LOVE the new Bee place cards…Between you and Mary, I need to start planning a “Bee Tablescape” as you two have given me such wonderful inspiration to do so!…Again, it is such a joy to be a part of Monday Morning Blooms with you, Mary and Pam today…I always start of every 1st and 3rd Monday with such a spacial treat of all things beautiful…Have a beautiful day Lidy!

  3. Lovely, Lidy. Your arrangement is pure sunshine. I do believe everyone is so ready to see the sun and blue skies. Love the pop of orange with the blue, I have always admired that combination.

    Thank you for a taste of spring ~ have a lovely week!

  4. Thanks so much, Sandra. I agree, we are all ready to see a bit of sunshine!! I am ready for more than a taste of spring, and I’m sure you are, too. xoxo

  5. Lidy, we have had so much rain and are expecting 8-10 inches more this week! But your beautiful jardiniere filled with lovely blooms is a breath of sunshine! I have tried so hard to find ranunculus, but no luck. The striped lemons immediately caught my eye. I love the gilded bee placecards and I will have to order them from you. I am excited to get Eric Ross’ book, his style is timeless. Wishing you a beautiful week and it is always a pleasure to share Monday Morning Blooms with you! xoxo

  6. Lidy this arrangement is filled with beautiful colors. What amazes me is when looking at the flowers the colors do remind you of the citrus and it pops right in your head. Your styling is always full of pretty pieces.

    Enjoy your day

    Cindy

  7. So happy you stopped by today, Cindy! I will admit that brights are not my favorite flavor of flowers, but after I got my mind into the spirit of citrus, I loved this flower arrangement! So bright and cheerful…and I’m thrilled that the thought of citrus popped into your mind! xoxo

  8. Lidy, Your photography is lovely. Your antique footed chinoiserie jardiniere is stunning and your selection of flowers and the lovely ribbon is beautiful. Your china, eye-catching place cards, and elegant tablecloth made my day!

  9. Thank you so much, Bonnie. I’m glad you are having a happy day, and those citrus colors always make me happy too!

  10. Good morning Lidy , your flower arrangement is beautiful , always inspiring . I so look forward to your posts I am enjoying your faux flowers , wow they look so real enjoy the rest of your day .???? Chris

  11. Oh! I’m so happy you love your Peonies! I hope they bring a touch of spring to your very wintry home until spring really arrives, Chris.

  12. Thank you so much, Cheryl! It’s a bit of sunshine in our cold wintery month.

    I hope your week is a beautiful one!

  13. Oh Lidy, another wonderful arrangement and tutorial! The minute I saw it I was reminded of the one you did last year in the white tureen with the oranges…I even did a watercolor of it, and it’s called Lidy’s Flowers!
    {available in my Society Shop,paintedapron} I love the way your arrangements always look so effortless, and I LOVE the flowers in the Mirabelle lemon jar too! Beautiful and thank you for the info about using citrus and flowers~

  14. Hello, Lidy, thanks so much for visiting me at Marmelade Gypsy. It brought me here to your lovely blog. What glorious colors — on this very white Michigan day it gives me hope for spring!

  15. I absolutely love everything about this post. Truly spectacular! I will use this an inspiration for my table today. I bought a beautiful blue and yellow soup tureen at a thrift store yesterday and it just begs to be used in this application. I won’t be able to get any flowers today because the weather is terrible. Mixture of sleet, snow, rain! I will have to use what I have. It’s been a miserable, wet winter in my neck of the woods and this post has perked me up and longing for the sunshine. Take care!

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