One-day wonder

Flowering branches say spring

There's nothing like large vases filled with blooming branches to announce the arrival of spring. Just trim the branches from deciduous flowering trees or shrubs, arrange them in a vase, and watch the delicate buds unfurl.

Pruning at this time of year is good for your tree too; it thins out the canopy so branches won't be overcrowded.

Follow the steps below to create your own spectacular arrangement.

If you don't have a flowering tree or shrub, you can buy blooming branches at many floral shops.

Flowering trees and shrubs for cutting

Fruit trees such as apricot, cherry, crabapple, nectarine, peach, and plum
Mimosa (Acacia baileyana)
Saucer magnolia
Witch hazel


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