Hey there star crossed lover!

Don’t know about you but we’re totally overwhelmed with manufactured romance post V-Day (or is that D Day?) last Sunday. We’re suckers for love as much as the next babe, but there are only so many sparkly basketweave raffia hearts you can take while suppressing your gag reflex.

To reinstate our faith in true romance, we’re taking our inspiration cues all the way back from where it all started. Romeo and Juliet. The 1996 Leo/Claire Danes version, obviously! Because love at first sight doesn’t get more romantic than through a fish tank, right?

This week, throw on The Cardigans’ Lovefool, close your eyes and reminisce on all those just post pubescent tears shed over Leo (your choice of Romeo + Juliet OR Titanic). Then open your eyes, pee yourself laughing, and indulge in a bit of true love – arranging beautiful flowers for yourself! But we won’t hold it against you if you use a fish tank as a vase this week 😉

xo Team BBC

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet”

– William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

In the box this week

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Pink roses

These vibrant roses are the star of this week’s box! True romance doesn’t come much brighter.

Remove majority of the lower leaves and trim the ends to reveal a fresh surface to improve the uptake of water.

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Easter daisies

We know that hot cross buns are just around the corner when we see these little beauties pop into bloom.

These rustic branchy botanicals look gorgeous bunched into a plain pitcher or separates into delicate twigs and paired with other feminine blossoms (like this week’s roses).

Remove as much lower foliage as possible and change water regularly.

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Lisiathus

These oh-so-dainty beauties are a true favourite of ours. Seemingly soft and insubstantial but actually surprisingly hardy, they elevate a posy to new heights with their undeniable southern belle charm.

This one’s easy to care for – keep stems clean and free of excess foliage, and try not to bruise the petals too much.

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Veronica

Veronica is a serious favourite of ours! With it’s traily tips and wildflower vibes, this pretty filler that comes in pink, purple and blue is the perfect supporting act to soften larger blooms. This week’s are a fresh white with a hint of pink at the edges, and a little goes a long way.

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Styling instructions

1. Prepare your stems

Strip and clean your stems, removing any leaves that would fall below the water line – just by pulling the leaves off. Beware of thorns!

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2. Trim lisianthus into useable lengths

If you happen to get very “branchy” lisianthus, separate any long stemmed flower heads into separate stems to make the most of your blooms!

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3. Start your posy

Lay your first bloom between the thumb and index finger of your left hand (if right handed).

We like to start with something strong, like a rose.

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4. Add stems, twisting as you go

Add individual stems one at a time, twisting and rotating as you go. As we’re going for a wildflowery look, add your stems in random order.

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6. Tie off your posy

Once you are happy with your posy or have used up all your blooms, lay it flat on the table and tie it off with a length of twine.

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6. Measure and trim

By holding your posy up against your vase, trim off the excess stems of your posy.

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7. Pop into your chosen vase

We went for this cute, sparkly fishbowl.

Pop your posy in and adjust your blooms so they sit nicely.

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8. Romance yourself!

Pat yourself on the back and breathe in the sweet scent of roses and your own awesome creativity.

Pop this super feminine arrangement on your desk or coffee table for company while you take over the world.

Watch it in action!

About BLOOMBOX CO

BLOOMBOX CO delivers fresh flowers and easy do-it-yourself instructions, so you can create beautiful arrangements in a snap. Here’s how it works. You receive a themed selection of flowers and botanicals, and our step by step instructions which are perfect for beginners or experienced stylists alike.

We’re committed to putting the creative reins in your hands, so you can confidently style your own botanicals and create beautiful spaces. It’s more about the experience and embracing your creativity than the end product, which is why we’ll never sell anything pre-arranged.

BLOOMBOX CO is a weekly, fortnightly or monthly subscription service with no commitment – skip a delivery or cancel at any time (with 5 days notice). We can’t wait to get creative with you.

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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.