This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring some bright pink tulips and some pink floral containers.
- 15 stems of pink tulips - or any colour you like
- 7 stems of Ruscus foliage
- a medium sized container in a matching colour to the flowers - in this case I have used a pink vintage jug
- a few smaller vases or containers in similar colour to the larger container
For conditioning the flowers - you'll also need:
- a pair of florists scissors
- a florist bucket filled with fresh water
Condition the flowers by removing any leaves that would end up below the water line in the vase. This is to reduce any growth of bacteria from deteriorating leaves. Also remove any broken or bruised leaves.
Cut the stems at an angle - this is to increase water absorption.
Put in a clean container with fresh water and leave in a cool, dark place over night or at least for a few hours, to let the flowers absorb the maximum of water, before making the final arrangement.
You might have to re-cut the stems while making the final arrangement to suit the size of the vase or container and to get the right proportions.
Again I arranged the tulips straight in the vase. Tulips has soft stems and easily break off when you use them in a handtied bunch.
Arrange the tulips evenly throughout and cut the stem at different lengths - longer in the middle and shorter around the edges.
Put the Ruscus foliage around the edge of the arrangement and one or two stems in the middle.
I love mixing and matching containers and vases - by colour, by material, by size - old with new and mixing in one or two odd little thing that adds to the arrangement.
Here the jug is vintage but the other smaller vases are new - they are all similar in colour but of different materials - pottery, china and glass.
Tulips are one of my favourite flowers and are now available to buy at flowers stalls, farmer's markets and supermarkets.
Keep the flowers cool at night, change the water and re-cut the stems every two days - and they will last longer - but most of all enjoy the colour and the beauty of your tulips!
Have a Happy Floral Saturday!
~ xoxo ~
[Styling and Photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer]