Happy Monday! This cheerful French Country citrus flower arrangement is the perfect way to bring a juicy light burst of color to your early spring! It takes its color cue from sunshine in the garden, fresh air, and bright oranges and lemons. These French Country Citrus Flowers are sure to enliven your entertaining and make your spirits bright.



French Country Citrus Flowers


This easy citrus flower arrangement isn’t difficult to create and packs a big design punch. Flowers, lemons, oranges and a watering can is all you need!




Shirley, Mary and Pam and I are bringing out the sunshine for you today! Please see their citrus hued floral designs – I’ll share their links at the bottom of this post.



One of my favorite things about spring and summer is being able to walk outside in our garden and gather fresh lemons and oranges. It’s one of the joys of living in Southern California! Mid to late February is actually the time our orange tree produces prolific amounts of oranges, so many that we can give away bags full of our naval oranges to the whole neighborhood.

Citrus is sweet, tart, and bright. I chose flowers in citrus colors for this larger scale arrangement, orange, yellow, pink and white {for the flowers of the citrus trees.}


French Country Citrus Flowers


Since we just received some beautiful garden antiques, I thought I’d make an arrangement in one of the watering cans before it flies to its new owner.  This painted watering can is actually a hot water carrier, used before plumbing was a regular thing in homes.  After filling it with {cold} water, I can only imagine what those poor servant girls went through to carry this, filled with boiling water, up those narrow and bad staircases to the mistress or master so that they could have a bath or shave. It would have been so so heavy!


French watering can floral

bright srping flowers

orange pink and yellow flowers


These types of water cans only open in the back with a lid, so the flowers are only peeking out of this can there.  I added some blood oranges to the other side to balance the arrangement out a little.


table in the garden


I layered our small metal table in the back garden with an antique French linen sheet, and set it up for dessert for four.  {Truth – even though it looks sunny, there was a gale force wind blowing and it was c o l d – California cold at least!  : ) } So dessert had to move inside.


French country table


I had a bottle of Martinelli’s Blood Orange Sparkling Juice in the fridge, and it was a perfect drink for my outdoor dessert service. I love blood oranges, those I bought, they are so juicy! If you have never had one, next time you find them at the store buy them to try.


French Country Citrus Flowers french country citrus flowers


This arrangement is easy, and fast to put together. You can use any kind of watering can and different flowers.


french country flowers


Now the fun part; making the flower arrangement.  Because this watering can is rather large, I inserted a glass deep into the water at the back to hold green branches clipped from the garden. You can see them sticking out, they give this larger scale arrangement height.  They kept falling over, but tying them together with string on the bottom and inserting them into that glass kept them from misbehaving.


country watering can

country floral arrangment

pink and bright orange flowers


Cut the flower stems to the height you want your arrangement to be. I chose to have them be all different lengths, with the coral pink and yellow tulips added at the last minute to stick out here and there.  Begin with inserting your filler flowers or greenery in a criss cross way.  In my case, since I splurged on a lot of flowers, I cut green branches off bushes in the front and back garden for my filler. The filler or greenery will give all your other flowers a “place” to hold on to.

Then arrange all your citrus colored beauties where you want them! As usual, I’m not a “do this – do that” type of floral arranger.  You have what it takes to make a beautiful arrangement! Just play around with your arrangement until you are pleased.











Spring table setting with oranges

Arte Italica Plates


The table is set with these gorgeous Italian lace plates, they are wonderful for salads or in this case, dessert, antique silver forks, and linen napkins with green embroidery that I love so much. My own pressed glasses for the blood orange sparkling juice, an antique white ironstone tureen holds oranges and grapefruits {what else?!} A few antique hose nozzles and a sprinkler nozzle finalize the “decor” on this table.


garden party table

summer table with oranges


Citrus fruit makes me happy. It has such a fresh scent, bright colors, and a sparkling taste!


French floral arrangement


Use oranges, lemons, limes or grapefruits for your sunny French Country citrus flowers – choose a color to enhance your flowers! And don’t forget to make something delicious with them, too.


garden table in France


One Last Thing:

I have been meaning to try Jamie Oliver’s Blood Orange Polenta Cake! He makes such delicious food!  I’m watching old episodes of his cooking shows, while cooking dinner. I’m so inspired to make our meals here at home fresher, cleaner and easier. Do you know about/watch him?


How to make a citrus inspired floral arrangement



citrus with hydrangeas

MARY at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs

orange tulips with citrus flowers

SHIRLEY at Housepitality Designs

PAM at Everyday Living

French Country Citrus Flowers
and me LIDY at FrenchGardenHouse




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