Flowering Indoor Planter Tutorial

After a brutal week of severe winter weather, loss of power for 4 days, and widespread devastation to trees from an ice storm, I just had to get my hands dirty and find an indoor gardening project to restore my sanity.  I headed to my local produce store to see what was available.  There were loads of potted bulbs and small filler plants to choose from and I decided a basket of flowering plants would brighten up the house as we continue to recover from winter’s wrath.


newspaper, pruners

basket or planter

selection of plants of  different heights and textures,  including some trailing plants, in no more than 2-3 colors, mine in purple, white and greens


pussy willow branches

Spanish moss

mini bird’s nest



I could not resist the intoxicating smell of potted hyacinths, harbingers of spring and the tallest plants in this arrangement. A cheerful primrose in white brought in another color.  Primroses hold a special place in my gardener’s heart as I first discovered them when my beloved mother-in-law, Louise, gave me some years ago.  A delicate fern, trailing varigated ivy and an unknown velvety plant with purple coloring completed my selections.

To start, and to be “green”, I lined the willow basket with the wrapping from the hyacinth.image

Starting with the largest plant and working to the smallest, I played around  with placement of the plants, left in their pots, until I was satisfied.


The difference between a nice arrangement and a WOW arrangement is the layering in of accents.  They are like the jewels of the arrangment. In came velvety pussy willow branches for height and texture; a mini bird’s nest for whimsy;  lacy Spanish moss to fill in gaps and provide another organic texture; and a gorgeous French wire ribbon to highlight the purples.


imageAhhhhhh!   Gardening is always therapeutic for me and I’m feeling like there’s a little bit of spring in the air so I can endure the rest of this terrible winter!  I hope to have inspired you to get your hands dirty with an indoor gardening project of your own!

9 thoughts on “Flowering Indoor Planter Tutorial

  1. Hi Jo! Just read another of your captivating blogs…..I didn’t realize that your area was in such a bad way. Did you not have any power for 4 days? My furnace broke down last weekend and I didn’t have any heat for Fri., Sat. & Sun. I called for repair on Fri. and they came to have a look at it but I needed a whole new furnace. They couldn’t install it until Mon., so they provided me with 6 heaters for the weekend. The heaters were too strong for my circuit so they would work for awhile and then the breaker for whatever room it was in would shut off. Off to the basement I would go to re-set the breaker…..fun weekend!!!!! Did I tell you that Taylor is working at the Booth now? He does time-keeping at the arenas and wanted to make some extra $$$ so He asked me about working at the Booth. I decided to let him try it out and He’s actually quite good. He’s great with the customers, the staff enjoy him and he caught on really quick. He just got accepted to Laurentian for Sept. so He’s quite happy about that. I guess this year at home studying on-line proved to be a bit lonely so He’s decided to go back to the classroom. I booked a trip to Cuba for May with Zeke’s step-sister from Calgary. We’ve travelled together before to Punta Cana, Vegas and Kansas……She’s a great and easy travelling partner so I know it will be a really nice trip…..check out The Royalton in Cayo Santa Maria….want to join us??? Hope that your weather improves soon! Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2014 05:13:47 +0000 To: kathyklimczak@hotmail.com

  2. This is pretty enough to paint.

    We just attended a fund raiser for the humane society at the Fish Bowl tonight.

    Rory MacPhail, our local crooner and a new Timmins resident who is a talented pianist entertained until 1:00 a.m. They did a lot of oldies but goodies, ended up with a sing along. Passed around hors d’oeuvres all evening and then deserts No one wanted to leave. It was pure magic.

    Hope to repeat with an Irish theme for March.

  3. Hello Johanne, I’ve been following the weather on TV a little bit, I had no idea your area was hit badly, how unfortunate, but I am happy you’re doing alright. Take care and and may God blessed you guys always! Bernadette. PS. Beautifully flowers!!!!

    Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2014 05:13:48 +0000 To: bernadettesweeting@hotmail.com

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