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..

 

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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.