Sunflowers the ultimate sunshine flower mixed with Carthamus in a chunky glass vase finished with raffia. I found the Carthamus on a market stall, but if you can’t find them you could use alstromeria, asters, solidago, chrysanthemum. I have chosen a yellow/orange colour scheme, but sunflowers also look great with deep red-violet flowers, these repeat the reddish brown centres.
How to create
As sunflowers are quite a heavy thick stemmed flower I chose a solid chunky vase, you could use a pottery jug instead or for a dramatic look a dark ceramic vase. Remove any lower leaves on the sunflowers and carthamus. I then loosely arranged the flowers in my hand, distributing the flowers fairly evenly in a circle. Make sure the heads of the flowers are fairly level and no stems have slipped down inside, then cut the stems. The sunflowers will need secateurs or a sharp knife rather than scissors. Put the flowers in the vase then add diluted flower food. Sunflowers are super thirsty flower and this is a big vase, so I added 2 litres. Turn any flowers heads and tweek until you are happy. I added a rustic element by wrapping some raffia around the vase.
You may need to refresh the water after 3 days.