Saturday, 25 January 2014

Australia Day Table & DIY Flower Arrangement

Happy Australia Day to you! Australia Day just so happens to be one of my favourite holidays, and it reminds me of why I love living in Australia - summer sun, barbecues, relaxing by the water and catching up with friends.

I really like to keep things simple when it comes to entertaining at our house on Australia Day, so unlike other holiday celebrations there are no formal invitations, no specially prepared menus or even a great deal of themed decoration. There is, however, one thing that I always love to have in my house when I'm expecting company, and that's fresh flowers. I'm by no means a florist, but I do have a few tricks that I thought I'd share with you to turn a bunch of flowers into a pretty arrangement.

I picked these flowers up from my local market, and because they weren't in any sort of arrangement the total cost was much less than you would normally expect to pay for a bouquet. I have an assortment of four different flower types and two foliage types. First tip, when you get your flowers home, pop them into a bucket of water as soon as you're able.

To start, fill your clean vase with water and flower conditioner. Room temperature water is best. If you have very tight blooms you can make your water a little warmer and this will encourage them to open.

Gather your largest "feature" flowers and cut off the stems so that they will sit towards the bottom centre of your arrangement.

It is best to cut your stems on the diagonal to ensure the flowers have maximum ability to draw the water.

Place your feature stems into the vase first.

Next, take your medium blooms and position them around the feature flowers, cutting the stems as you go.

Infill with the smaller blooms.

And finish with the foliage.

Ensure that all leaves below the water line are removed from the stems as they will rot and decrease the life of your arrangement.

To ensure your flowers are in proportion to your vase, you should aim for your arrangement to be at one and a half times the height of your vase. Use flowers in different stages of bloom as well as different coloured foliage. Even if you're creating an arrangement with flowers of one colour, the different foliage will add subtle contrast.

If you're working with a shallow vase you could consider using florist foam to hold your flowers in place. Ensure your foam is adequately soaked in water before beginning and top up with water every other day.

As a last tip, keep your flowers away from direct heat such as a hot window or a heating vent and if you've chosen lillys as part of your arrangement, make sure you remove the stamens to avoid discolouring the other flowers or nearby hard surfaces. Incidentally, it also helps prolong the life of the lilly.

I thought I would display my flower arrangement with a simple Australia Day themed tablescape. I hope it provides you with some inspiration for your house.

Flowers are such a wonderful way to bring cheer into any home. Enjoy the long weekend.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! You have such talented hands like a true florist, Jo! Your choice of flowers is also astounding. Your passion is so admirable and inspiring. Great job! Thanks for sharing a glimpse of that lovely flower arrangement! Kudos and all the best to you!

    Geneva Brooks @ Bayside Just Because