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Bloomin' great

Photos by Dan Bishop

April 2014

The tabletop arrangement contains succulents, ranunculus, pin cushion protea and tulips. Arrangement by Katie Zignego and Bjorn Chinander, Sendik’s in Mequon.

Color Crush

This arrangement, with its paaopping orange hues, is a welcome rush of color this spring. Yellow and gray and pink and mint are also hot color combinations for the season, according to Katie Zignego, floral department manager at Sendik’s in Mequon.

"Succulents are also very popular right now," she says. "The look that’s in is organic and natural, and it goes well with that. A lot of people like them in their homes because they are not high maintenance."

Steve Stenberg planted this pot with Alocasia Polly, commonly called elephant ears; Marguerite Impomoea, commonly called sweet potato vine; superbells white Calibrachoa hybrid, commonly called million bells; Supertunia Orchid Charm, petunia hybrid, and Supertunia Royal Velvet petunia hybrid. Stenberg says the sweet potato vine is replacing the vinca vine in popularity. See below for plants in bloom.

Cut Flowers 101:

• In general, flowers should be twice the height of your container.

• Cut the flowers on an angle with a knife or kitchen scissors. The cleaner you cut the stem the better water absorption the flower will receive.

• To help keep the water clean, remove leaves that fall below the water line.

• Starting with your outer flowers, place stems in container at an angle, making a grid pattern and continuing inward toward the center in a counter-clockwise direction, placing the flowers in front of the previous row. Larger, heavier flowers should go on the bottom of the arrangement.

• If using a shallow container, place the flowers in design foam to hold them in place.

Superbells white Calibrachoa Hybrid

Ready to Bloom

No more droopy outdoor floral arrangements with the newly bred lines of petunias and million bells flowers. Steve Stenberg, manager at The Flower Source in Germantown, says the new varieties have flowers that are easy, low-maintenance and continually bloom, plus there’s no dead-heading. Stenberg chose trendy full-sun plants in a ceramic pot to give a face-lift to your old standbys.

Supertunia Orchid Charm

Planting 101:

• Plant your flowers in your outdoor container at the same depth as the container you bought them in.

• Water thoroughly after planting, but allow the container to dry out before the next thorough watering.

• Larger pots do not need as much water.

• Nutrients are important. Be sure to use well-balanced fertilizer every other watering for the plants, or at least once a week.


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