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Spring is Blooming!

Local Florist Shares How to Make Your Home Sing in Spring

The days are getting warmer, and everywhere you look the world is turning green again. Outside, pops of color appear everywhere you look. Tulips, daffodils, and irises dot garden beds. Apple, magnolia, and redbud trees are a riot of vibrant blossoms. What could be better than to enjoy the beauty of spring indoors as well? Fresh flowers are a perfect way to brighten your home and your mood.

Michele Hinds, owner of The Vines Flower and Garden Shop in Farmington, agrees. “Oh boy, we love our spring flowers! Spring is a very exciting season for flowers. We always prefer to buy locally grown flowers when we can.”

Of course, with our cold Michigan winters, this means local flowers are limited while the snow flies. Michele revels in the bounty that comes with the warmer weather. “Spring comes and our farmers start the season off strong with so many gorgeous blooms—freesia, tulips, iris, grape hyacinth, anemones, and ranunculus. They are all so beautiful and smell amazing!”

Around the house, fresh flowers are a great way to liven up your décor. Michele’s expert advice is to incorporate flowers “everywhere and anywhere you can!” She suggests using fresh flowers “as a centerpiece for your dining room table, in little bottles in your bathroom, by your kitchen sink or on a kitchen island.” Fresh flowers, with the stems cut short, can also be arranged in decorative teacups, a great use for antique cups handed down from grandma.

To make flowers float better in glass bowls, try cutting a small circle of bubble wrap with a hole in the center, and then slip it over the stem. Slide the bubble wrap close to the base of the blossom and your flowers will rest on the surface without becoming waterlogged. Whatever you choose, says Michele, “We are all in need of some happiness and color after these winter months, and flowers are the perfect way to do just that!”

When making your own arrangements, Michele suggests choosing a variety of flowers and foliage with different textures, shapes, and sizes. You want to create visual interest! To keep your blossoms fresh for as long as possible, be sure to use clean, fresh water. Remove the lower leaves from all stems and cut stems at an angle to maximize water absorption. Be sure to use a sharp knife.

If you are feeling intimidated about floral design, don’t despair. Michele is eager to provide professional assistance. Michele was inspired to pursue a career in floral design after taking an extended day class in high school, and she fell in love thanks to an inspiring teacher. As a result, Michele’s creativity shines through with premade floral arrangements such as “Spring Vibes”, “Golden Hour”, and “String of Pearls.”

You can visit Michele for advice, ideas, and an array of fresh, colorful blooms and more at The Vines Flower and Garden Shop. While there, be sure to check out the gorgeous floral mural on the exterior wall, painted by local artist Mackenzie Harthun. Happy spring!

The Vines Flower and Garden Shop

33245 Grand River Ave, Farmington, MI