Nothing says Christmas quite like an abundant display of fresh, bold native blooms with a hint of eucalyptus. And we’re here to tell you, the Aussie heat doesn’t need to destroy your dreams of fresh flowers on your table, as at your door or as a gift.
Mother Nature has crafted our natives to withstand long, hot Summer days and with a little bit of know-how (thanks to flower Queen, Meg of Twigg. Flowerhouse) your Christmas guests will be ooh-ing and aah-ing at your festive blooms!
MAKE THEM LAST
- When transporting flowers ensure they are cool, out of direct sunlight and covered with a damp cloth.
- At home, make sure your vase is crystal clear and clean. Fill with fresh water ¾ full of room temp water (this allows flowers to draw up as much water as they can). Add flower food.
- Cut stems on an angle 1-2 inches from bottom. Make sure you remove any leaves that may be under or near water. Leaves breed bacteria in water, and this will shorten the lifespan of blooms.
- Display flowers away from direct sunlight and air conditioning and window drafts.
- Change water every other day - If you notice the stem is changing colour, give them another trim
2Tbsp white sugar & 2Tbsp white vinegar - the sugar feeds the flowers and the vinegar helps slow the bacteria growth.
FIND THEM + ARRANGE THEM
For the ladies lucky enough to be on the land, head out your back door into the paddocks and forage! For those who are town-bound, find a park, a nature reserve or a river walk and fill your basket – worst case you just enjoy nature for a moment and then have to head to the shops!
Now comes the fun bit, arranging. And it’s not that hard, the messy, threw-this-stuff-together look is, as they say, so hot right now! Here’s Meg’s hot tips –
- Start with a vase that has a wide opening
- Grab sticky tape, yep…. Make an open weave across the vase. You should have 1cm squares in between each piece of tape. This will act as a guide and stand for your flowers.
- Trim all your stems and remove any leaves.
- Begin with the greenery. Cut the stem so that the entire piece is 1 ½ times the height of the vase. Place in centre.
- Add four more pieces of greenery to vase – one in each corner
- Now we will add focal flowers. The largest will goes into centre, 1 ½ times the height of vase. Smaller ones will go into the four grid corners again.
- Finally, use filler flowers and fill in the grids that are left. Adding small pieces of greenery to finish it off.
- If you can try and ensure all your stems are facing the same way – this will create a spiral and a very finished look, just like a bought one.
If you’re keen for blooms direct to your door, send Meg a DM - @twigg.flowerhouse