Lunar New Year Inspired Flower Arrangement
with Gladioli, Carnations and Leather Fern
It’s the Year of the Pig, which sounds like a good time all around! Traditionally at the start of the Lunar New Year you take the opportunity to refresh your home, meaning it’s a chance to get everything spotlessly clean and beautiful, with extra special attention to Feng Shui.
Stretching right back to ancient China, Feng Shui is a method of harmonising people with the surrounding environment and the works to harness the energy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chi’) that flow within the universe, humanity and earth. This week we’ve picked out some bright blooms to bring luck and great energy into your space. What better way to kick off a new year?
Style this week’s stems with lots of room to breathe, so you can appreciate every stem – starting with the leather fern first. And for a great focal point, loosely cluster your carnations together, at staggered heights, for a bright block for colour.
Gladioli – Gladioli come in an amazing array of colours, from white, yellow and pink, all the way through to deep purples and and reds. This week’s are in a bright red and should last anywhere up to 2 weeks with regular water changes. Pinch off lower blooms as they wilt to encourage the newer buds to bloom.
When arranging them, pop them in last of all, to avoid crushing any open blooms, and add them towards the back to add soaring height!
Carnations – Carnations are back baby! But rather than interspersed with baby’s breath, modern carnations are cultivated in an amazing array of gelato pastel, or dark and moody hues, and are best styled in punchy gorgeous clusters or minimally threaded throughout your arrangement for back up colour.
Leather Fern – Leather Fern is one of those foliage varieties that instantly changes the look and feel of an arrangement with its generous size and interesting texture. As the name suggests, its leaves are pretty robust! If you have any spare, they look great minimally styled as single stems in glass vases around your home.
Here’s what you’ll need.
3-4 stems of gladioli
A mix of back up flowers – carnations, celosia, Gallipoli heath
2 stems of fern
clean glass vase
sharp scissors or flower shears