Last week we visited the lovely Wendy from Hendra Flower Market, and brought my Mum along with us! Hendra Flower Market sells wholesale to the public, meaning we were able to grab some beautiful blooms for under $50.
We bought some half bunches, some flowers in full bloom that were slightly past their time, and a whole lot of cool foliage and leaves. From that, we whipped up some tropical themed arrangements, one in a watermelon vase, and the other in a Pineapple vase.
They were super easy to put together, and it was such a lovely thing to do with my Mum! Here's how we went:
What you need:
- Hollowed out watermelon/ or Pineapple as an alternative
- Oasis brick
- Sharp scissors
- A sharp knife
What you do:
- Start by soaking your oasis brick, if you read yesterdays blog you'll know the right way to do it, and cut it to size for the watermelon. It will need to be firmly in place to stop it from tipping or rolling
- Prep your flowers and foliage! Strip the leaves off the stems, leaving a few close to the flowers. Remove any dead looking leaves from the bottoms of the foliage
- Stat by adding your foliage! Cut the stems to length and push them into the oasis. We decided to group together the different textures, but you can mix them up as well! Use the foliage to cover up the oasis brick so it isn't visible from any sides.
- Then start adding flowers! If you have flowers with long stems and little buds coming off, then cut them up to create little bunches, this will make a fuller looking arrangement.
- Add your feature flowers. A general rule of thumb is that the eye appreciates odd numbers, so if you have eye catching flowers, place them in groups of 3 or 5 (depending on their size). Turn the arrangement as you go, looking for areas that need more attention
- Once the arrangement is looking full, it's time to add the collar. Using large tropical leaves, you can probably find these in your garden, place them in the oasis at the very bottom of the arrangement, this will cover the lip of the watermelon and cover up any last bits of visible oasis.
- Ta da! Appreciate your handiwork!
As an alternative, you can use a Pineapple and work to the same process! We used softer flowers and a different kind of foliage to create a more symmetrical arrangement with this one!
Stay tuned for some more floral fun coming soon!