Late flowering garden roses

IMG_0069I finally pruned the climbing rose in my garden, which still had some beautiful ‘Madame Alfred Carrière’ blooms.  A white rose, with just a hint of blush pink – they have a lovely gentle scent – so I placed them in a couple of bud vases to enjoy this reminder of summer as the autumn evenings draw in.

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Autumn Asters

IMG_0067Early Autumn is the time for simple daisy shaped flowers, such as the Michaelmas Daisy, Dahlia and Asters – in this design I have combined two bunches of asters with some stems of wheat.  Stems of grass would also work well to break up the roundness of the design.  As these flowers easily form a round bouquet I chose a fish bowl vase to display these in.  These flowers are long lasting this picture was taken a week after the flowers were bought and will probably last another couple of days.

How to create

Remove all the lower leaves from the asters, and separate into individual stems.

Create a round design by holding a few stems in your hand and then adding more flowers around this, angling the stems and turning the bouquet so you get a domed shape.  Tie some string or raffia to hold in place when you are happy with the shape.  Cut down the stems so the flowers sit just above the rim of the vase.  Add water or diluted flower food to the vase.

2 quick Gladioli designs

1. Tall designIMG_0054

Make the most of the long dramatic spears, by using a tall tapered vase;

Remove any lower leaves, cut on the diagonal and then add a stem at a time, making sure they are in each corner and in the centre of the vase.  Twist and angle so you can see flowers from each side.  I finished off the design with some lime green dried spikes to add more height and movement – any long material would do the same – such as grasses.

2. Low compact design

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Perfect for smaller spaces – or when the lower flowers have dried out;

Remove any lower leaves and dried flowers, and cut down the stems on an angle so the blooms appear just above the top of the vase. I added stones to help position the stems then add each stem so spread through the vase with the blooms facing outwards.

Have a look at another contemporary gladioli design..

 

Sweet Williams

IMG_0016At this time of year Sweet Williams are plentiful and affordable.  Part of the Dianthus, family they share the same long-lasting qualities as carnations.  They can be mixed with roses, stocks and other early Summer flowers or just used on their own.  I like to add some lime green foliage or flowers to brighten the deep magentas, violets and reds.

For this design I used some spotted laurel from my garden, which also added a shiny element to offset the fluffy texture of the Sweet Williams.  It is really easy to create a rounded dome design with these flowers.

For another design with Sweet Williams that is more compact and even quicker to make have a look at Quick Flowers for Summer Dining

How to create

Unwrap then remove all the lower leaves from the Sweet Williams, there will be a lot of them!  For this size of design I used two bunches.

Prepare any foliage in the same way.

Starting with the heavier stems, start creating a bunch in your hand, keep adding stems to create a roughly domed circle.

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Either intersperse your flowers with some lime green flowers or foliage – or add around the outside at the end to create a collar effect.

Hold your flowers against the vase to judge how short the stems need to be.  Then cut the stems, if you can cut diagonally.  Put in the vase then fill with water or if available diluted flower food.

These flowers should last for at least a week.

 

 

6 quick and easy ways to arrange Tulips

Tulips are easy to find in the shops, affordable, come in every colour and suit a wide range of designs.  Follow the links for more ideas, and step by step instructions on how to quickly create a beautiful tulip design to suit your home, from cool simplicity to a riot of movement and colour.

  1. Tulips in a bowltulipglobe
  2. Tulips CubeIMG_0102
  3. Hand tie in a globe vasetulipvase
  4. Mix with other Spring flowersimg_5503
  5. Tulips inside Cylinder Vase tulipcylinder
  6. Tulips and bark, vase inside a vase img_5496

Tulips Cube

IMG_0105Tulips are at their height right now in our parks and gardens.  This is a quick and easy compact design that celebrates the vibrant colour range and variety that tulips offer.  I grouped the colours together to create impact but you could scatter the different colours through the vase for a softer look.

How to Create a Tulip Cube

IMG_0102I used a small 9 cm glass cube for a dozen tulips so they would be tightly packed.

I held one tulip against the vase, so the head of the tulip was just above the top and cut to length.  I then used this as a guide to cut all the other tulips.

Grouping the colours together I filled the vase.  Finally I added the grass that came with this bunch of tulips, letting it fall across the flowers.

Add cold water to the vase, or use diluted flower food.

 

 

Tulips inside a bowl

tulipglobeThis is a very simple, but eye catching contemporary design, all you need are some tulips and a fish bowl vase the grass is optional.  The purple version below is in a smaller vase so only used one bunch of tulips.  You can also add pussy willow to complement the tulips.  The glass magnifies the tulips, drawing your eye to the beauty of these Spring flowers.

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How to create

Make sure your fishbowl vase is clean.

If your tulips have been in water leave them out of the water for 1/2 hour so the stems are more flexible

If you are using pussy willow or bear grass, cut off the thicker ends leaving the more flexible stems and curl this into the vase first.

Remove any bulky or damaged leaves from the tulips.  Cut to a length that will allow you to curl into the vase.  Then add your tulips one by one, making sure the stems are towards the bottom.

Turn the vase slightly each time so the flowers are spaced around the vase, vary the heights of the flowers – it looks good if one or two poke out above the rim of the vase.

Dilute your flower food in cold water and pour into the vase, make sure all the stems are in water.