Heavenly Hyacinths

img_5501Hyacinths a flower that divides opinion due to its powerful scent; I personally love the fragrance, the delicate bell like florets and the colour especially those in the blue to violet range.  This bunch of soft blue hyacinths and orange tulips create a complementary colour scheme.  I added some twigs for interest, but also to help support the heavy flower heads of the hyacinths.  I used a small fishbowl vase, you could also use a jar, jug or any vase that has quite a small opening that will support and hold together the heavy flowers.

How to Create

Unwrap the flowers, and gently wash off any grit/soil from the stems.  Remove any damaged leaves, but leave some around the bulb flowers to give them extra strength.  Cut some twigs so they will be just longer than the flowers.  Put the twigs into the vase so they point outwards, crossing over in the middle to give a framework.  Add any foliage into the centre.  Cut the hyacinths so they will be just above the top of the vase, put in the vase so they are evenly spread.  Add the tulips, again trying to distribute evenly around the vase.  Dilute the flower food and add to the vase.

Hyacinth Vase Life

Hyacinths will last longer if you are able to leave on the basal base of the stem – however this isn’t always possible if you need them to be shorter you will have to cut the stems!

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January Simplicity – Floating flowers

img_5477After the excess of the Christmas decorations, I went for a simple, fresh design.  I was able to keep some of the amaryllis flowers from last week’s design; as I had just a few individual blooms on a short stem the ideal design was to float them in a bowl.  A low bowl with floating flowers looks lovely on a coffee table, or as a table centre for a party.  You could use lilies or for a more fun look, gerbera.  This is also a perfect way to display hellebores, which should be appearing in gardens soon.  In this design I used glass cubes, but you could vary what you put in the vase – from natural stones to more glittery accessories.  The advantage of this design is it forces you to appreciate the flower close up – this particular flower made me think of a Georgia O’Keefe painting and of course her words…

okeefe“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the
moment.”

 

How to create

img_5478A very simple design to create.  Put your glass or stones in the bowl.  Cut off the flower heads with minimal stem. Add water then float the flowers on top.