Dreamtime – Waratah Flower Arrangement

with Alstroemeria, Boronia and Emu grass

The star of this week’s box is a true Aussie icon. ‘Waratah’ is an Aboriginal word from the Eora people, meaning ‘beautiful’ and it’s botanical name, Telopea comes from the Greek word ‘telepos’ which translates to ‘seen from a distance’ –  paying homage to its tall, crimson inflorescence which stands out like a beacon amongst the rugged, silvery bush.

In 1967 a white waratah was discovered near Robertson, NSW, but it proved incredibly hard to cultivate and is therefore incredibly rare. In Gulpili’s Stories of the Dreamtime, it is written that initially, all waratah’s were white, until one day, a wonga pigeon was injured by a hawk and bled onto the flower, staining it vivid red forevermore.

Prior to white settlement it is believed that waratah’s were placed into water to allow their sweetness and life to seep out from within. This water was then used as a powerful remedy to bestow strength. 

May these beauties and their rich history give you life this weekend x



Here’s what you’ll need.

  • 2 stems of fluffy flowers like waratah

  • 5-7 stems of light pink alstroemeria

  • 2-3 stems of purple boronia

  • 2 stems of emu grass

  • sharp scissors or flower shears and a clean glass vase


About the Author:

Philomena is the founder of Bloombox Co, occasional hatmaker and pickle aficionado. She lives in Melbourne where she works to get locally grown flowers into homes and businesses.