Magnolia season. Dogwood season. Bulb season.
1. Don’t anyone write me an email declaring outrage over the lack of calla lilies on the list. Relax. This isn’t the Olympics. They can try out again before their peek has passed.
2. Yes, I am an eccentric, sequined cat lady and I can have Top Five Flowers list if I want to. You might have a list of Top Five Restaurants, or Top Five Friends, or Top Five Nights Involving Pantyhose, Grain Alcohol and a Muskrat. To each his own. No judgments.
There are few things I love more in life than the smell of the first March hyacinth. The window for it’s arrival gets narrower every year, and when you find it, not only does it come accompanied by a beautiful flower, it comes heralding the best news you have heard in months: Spring is officially here.
I have been wanting to make paper hyacinths for years but could never figure out how to create the delicate frillyness, until last fall, when I found a vintage cookbook with directions on how to make those little white ruffles that go on the end of turkey legs (name anyone?)
So, really, these aren’t so much hyacinths as they are big pink and purple turkey legs.
Note on tissue paper: Rumpled old tissue paper works best on this one. If you do not have any old stuff, wad it up for a day or two before you start –it will help the fibers to relax a little which will prevent them from tearing so easily.
Also, as you may have noticed above, my tissue paper has a big stain on it –the result of a simple water spill (all the colors in the stack ran together)…it gives some of the flowers a two tone effect that I think is pretty neat. But you could skip that. Or just spill water on a stack of colors and get them to run on purpose for a mottled/watercolor effect. That might be cool, no?
And that’s it! They don’t smell as nice as hyacinth but they sure are pretty 🙂