Here is another DIY arrangement that is simple and easy. This time I have used grey-green Eucalyptus leaves and pink tulips.
I had a grey and pink theme in mind when I went to my local flower stall about five minutes from my house. But mid-week and especially at this time of year I was not quite sure what I was going to find.
Eucalyptus leaves are usually readily available at flower markets, flower stalls and at the florist. Less so from a farmers' market as it is usually grown as a tree or a shrub and few farmers in the UK would grow Eucalyptus trees on their farms. It's a native of Australia and a few other countries on that side of the globe - so I presume it's easy to find "down under".
Eucalyptus comes in a variety of different shaped leaves - some have small round leaves, others have large round leaves and you can also find one with longer narrow leaves. They can also vary a bit in colour from silver grey to light green. You can also buy them with little round berries or fruits that adds texture to the arrangement.
Tulips have started to appear on the flower stalls and I just could not resist these pretty pink ones.
Condition the foliage and flowers as normal by removing any leaves that will end up below the waterline and also any bruised or damaged leaves. Cut the stems at an angle to expose the largest possible area for the flower to absorb water.
I started by arranging quite a few stems of the foliage in a silver-grey metal vase and it's quite fun that it has names of flowers carved onto the side around the top of the vase. I then added - an uneven number of five pink tulips - cut them shorter then the foliage so that they sit a bit lower in the vase and also towards the middle so that they are completely surrounded by leaves - it makes them stand out more.
I made a second very small arrangement using a mini vase with a lot of texture - in a grey-green colour and just added a few sprigs of Eucalyptus leaves - cut very short.
The grey-green foliage looks great against the silver and adding the five pink tulips as a contrast is just the icing on the cake. The two colours are fabulous together and it is a quick and easy arrangement that you could maybe do for the weekend.
Have a lovely Floral Day!
See you soon again!