Saipua is one of my favorite florists in NYC (actually Brooklyn). Not that I've ever been there in person; I only know of them via their web site. I can spend hours looking at all their floral designs and the creations made by students who attend the Little Flower School, a joint project of florists Nicolette Owen (Nicolette Camille) and Sarah Ryhanen (Saipua).
Recently I received an email from Saipua announcing they were selling Spring bulbs online instead of just in the shop. They offered two collections which you can see in the groupings below. I thought they were a lovely assortment of plants chosen to provide a variety of flower sizes and shapes within limited color palettes.
Looking at the low numbers of each bulb offered in the groupings, it suddenly occurred to me that Saipua was selling bulbs chosen on the basis of creating bouquets. It's not enough bulbs to make much of a display in the garden, though it would result in one that is perfectly composed.
No, I think these bulbs are meant for the cutting garden and then the house where the gardener will arrange them to perfection. They would also make a nice grouping — planted one variety per pot — by the front door. If you aren't familiar with Saipua, be sure to check out their website and The Little Flower School's site.
Since the folks at Saipua are professional florists, the bouquets they feature on their website are always composed of a mix of flowers that grow in different seasons. That means you can't achieve the same look in your bouquet with just the plants you can harvest at a given moment in the garden. But looking at their displays is still inspirational because you see how they mix and match and contrast: Pale and dark, ethereal and heavy, flowers and branches, in bud and in bloom, fruits and veggies. Below are a couple of their creations to show what I mean.
High contrast drama in a Spring bouquet:
Meandering drama for Spring (note the Fritillaria Persica which is one of their bulb offerings).
If you want to see what hands-on gardeners are gathering from their own gardens and putting in a vase today, visit Rambling in the Garden for one of my favorite memes: In a Vase on Monday.