And Breathe… Fragrant Stock Arrangement
with Stocks, Billy Buttons, Paperwhites and Acacia foliage
This week we’re embracing the scent of winter with just-in-season paperwhites and stock – both scent heroes and some of our most highly requested flowers! Pile them simply into a vase and let their softly spicy fragrance waft through your home.
Paperwhites – This week’s paperwhites are a true scent heavyweight, despite their tiny size! Up to 15 double petalled blossoms explode like a firework on their straight leafless stems. A word to the wise! Erlicheer (and their relatives erlicheer and jonquils) exude sap from their cut stems – which can cause other flowers sharing the same water to wilt early! Get around this by adding your flower food or a drop of bleach to your water, or simply pop these beauties in a vase on their own.
Stocks – This fluffy romantic greenhouse bloom delivers another scent hit this week. Single or double petalled blossoms travel up a spike stem. Pluck away lower flowers as they wilt to encourage the top buds to bloom.
Billy Buttons (craspedia) – Also known as drumsticks (for obvious reasons) or woollyheads (cute!), these adorable pom pom like flowers are an Australian native, with each plant growing just a single flower stalk. These dry well and add a stylish splash of colour popped into rough edged ceramics or milk glass vases.
Acacia – This classic greenery brings a wintery twist to your decor. Style with this week’s blooms or arrange minimally in a glass vase for your kitchen bench.
Here’s what you’ll need.
1 bunch stock and paperwhites (or erlicheer)
5 stems of billy buttons
2 stems of acacia, pine or a full foliage
clean glass vase
sharp scissors or flower shears