Spring arrives early in the world of cut flowers – so this week the best flowers in the supermarket were these red tulips. I still wanted to keep an element of Winter to the design so added sheets of silver birch bark. To do this I used two cube vases and put the bark in between. You could also fill the gap with moss, stems of pussy willow or cornus, or as we get closer to Spring lime coloured sisal or raffia. You could also use a round vase with any round beaker or jar inside.
How to create
Find two containers of similar size, check one will sit inside the other. Choose your material to go between the layers – if you are using stems of twigs cut them to fit the height of the vase, then add them vertically until each side is filled. I have overlapped the bark and put it in at different angles so it wasn’t too uniform. Hold a handful of tulips so the flowers are at a similar height then cut the stems so the flowers will be just above the vase, put upright in the vase and repeat until it is full, (I used two supermarket bunches). I kept quite a lot of leaf on the tulips to make them sturdy, break up the red and fill the vase easier. My tulips aren’t perfectly even in height, its up to you how regular you want them to be. Dilute your flower food in cold water and add to the inner vase.
Tulips offer us an amazing variety of forms and colours, are readily available and inexpensive. Select the ones with nice strong stems and tight flowers, then you will get the full pleasure as they open and you can see their spectacular centres.
Tulips are phototropic and bend towards the light, to keep your stems straight to start off with – don’t unwrap the flowers straightaway keep them tight in their wrap and stand in cold water for a while. You will also notice that tulips continue to grow even after being cut! Either enjoy the developing design as the flowers grow into new positions – or take out of the vase and recut the stems.