Lilies of the Valley
Myosotis dissitiflora Narcissi major Odorus and Poeticus Primroses Primula Pulmonaria latifolia
But in the variable English climate, March weather is of many kinds, and while a genial March brings a great variety of blossoms in sheltered spots, a bleak" month leaves our gardens very bare, and we still have to depend largely on imported flowers, and the products of the greenhouse for our table decorations.
Rose-pink hyacinths can be planted, with admirable effect, in a cut-glass bowl. The bowl should be lined first with moss, so that the mould is not visible, and the top of the soil be concealed by moss
Indoor hyacinths are now in their glory, and although somewhat formal in effect, they can in many ways be used to advantage on our tables, and will be appreciated for their delicious perfume and delicate colouring.
Avoid the dark shades, and use the white, pale rose pink, and faint shades of mauve. The deep tones are not pretty on the table, and the perfume from the dark blossoms is too powerful to be pleasant in a room, though charming in the open air. It is a mistake to gather hyacinths when you are going to use them for the table, for if the entire plant be taken, the blooms will last longer and a good effect will be far easier to arrange.
Illustrated are three very fine rose-pink hyacinths which have been planted in a deep cut-glass bowl that suits them to perfection.
Do not allow any of the mould to show, as it will look ugly through the glass, but first line the bowl with moss, then lift the bulbs carefully out of their pot with sufficient mould round them, plant these in the moss-lined bowl, and cover the top also with moss. Four bowls filled in this way would form a charming decoration for a ribbon table.
Take two lengths of ribbon of a slightly deeper shade of pink than the blossoms, and place it on the table from corner to corner, finishing it at each corner with an upstanding bow of the ribbon, and stand the bowls of hyacinths in the space turned by the crossing of the ribbon.
Make the sweetmeats in the form of tiny pots of hyacinths.
Purchase some tiny flower-pots at a toyshop - the kind they sell for doll's houses - that they are perfectly clean and not painted inside. Fill them with marzipan, pressing it in firmly, and on the top sprinkle grated chocolate to represent mould Then take some strips of angelica for stalks, and round this, with an icing-pump, force little blossoms of pink fondant. Leave them to dry. Then arrange some in each flowerpot with some angelica leaves around.
A new flower-pot mask is portrayed in another illustration. All you need to make it is two kinds of crinkled crepe paper, one matching the flowers and the other in a leaf shade of green.
Take a piece of the paper that matches your flowers, and cut a strip from it three inches wider than the height of the flower-pot and three times as long as the pot is round. Gather the bottom edge on to a piece of elastic the size of the base of the flower-pot, and again within three inches of the top. Now take a strip of the green paper, and cut into leaf shapes as seen in the illustration; paste this on to the pink cover.
Put the plant in the centre, and roll over the edge of the pink paper at the top, pulling it out in flutings.
A novel good-luck design for a wedding buffet is the horseshoe as portrayed below. The wedding-cake, which should be decorated with horseshoes, will, of course, take the place of honour in the centre of the buffet table, and the design shown can be carried out on either side of it. A trail of smilax is arranged in curves from one end of the table to the other, and in the curves are placed real horeshoes,which have been painted silver and fitted with a strong piece of silver wire at the back, so that they will stand firmly. White china vases are also used, filled with narcissi and fern
Numbers of tiny silver confetti horseshoes are used to form large horseshoes on the cloth at intervals.
Poets' narcissi and the first primroses can be thus used to advantage. A tall, slender vase is placed in the centre of the table, and round it on either side two crescent-shaped white china vases are stood. These are filled with wet moss, and the primroses are arranged with plenty of leaves, as though still growing in their mossy bed.
The fairy lights used are very dainty. They are the ordinary glass stem lights, but the stem has been covered with green paper and trimmed with leaves and the bowl at the top has been decorated with large paper petals to look like an open flower.
Mimosa and pink anemones look charming arranged in a set of table baskets that have been painted silver. Tie double bows of palest pink and yellow ribbons on the handles. Use bebe ribbons of the two shades to trim the bonbonnieres and tie the cheese straws.
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A novel "Good Luck" design for the buffet table at a March wedding. The flowers chosen are white narcissi in china vases.
Silver confetti horseshoes outline the lucky device on the cloth, and true-lover's knots and silver horseshoes and trails of smilax carry on the idea. The large horseshoes are real ones, which have been painted silver and fitted with silver wire to support them