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Spring Flowering Branches

May 8, 2012

If you have a perennial garden, or fruit tree, you have an opportunity to bring a breath of spring into your home.  Cut a few stems or branches and bring them inside.

These beautiful peachy orange blossoms are from my front garden.  The bush is around 24 inches high and wide, and I prune it regularly to keep it from growing too tall in the space it occupies close to the house.  I try to keep a natural shape, with soft arching branches.  The leaves are a nice bright shiny green, so even when there are fewer flowers in late summer, it is still a wonderful plant.

The landscape designer that I hired recently didn’t know what it was (!), but he is young…

No matter, I found it on Google.  It is called Cameo Flowering Quince, it’s popular name.

So, I am very happy to have the opportunity to bring spring inside, and I have enjoyed filling vases and bowls of different shapes with these lovely flowers.

It’s also nice to have a version of this years hottest accent colour, Tangerine Tango, in such a pretty and fragrant form in my home.

Orange Gerbera Daisies that I just planted in my back deck planters look cheerful with papery white Wave Petunias and lime green Creeping Jenny.  They will continue the citrus theme throughout the summer, growing lush and spilling over my planter boxes with juicy abandon.

About Adele Barrett

Adele Barrett is a consulting interior designer in Hamilton and Dundas. Over twenty years of conferences and continuing education classes keep Adele Barrett Interiors design practice both on trend and timelessly classic. She started collecting paint chips from the local lumber yard when she was 3 years old, and a seed was planted that grew into a career. Continue reading...