Last week’s box was an homage to the King (the one and only Elvis Presley). So naturally, it’s only fitting for this week’s box to be all about the Queen – that’s you of course!

Prioritising self care and pleasure has been a hot topic here at BBC HQ. We recently caught up with the team over at Retreat Yourself (full article on our site, if you’re interested), and had an awesome discussion about the need to make pleasure a priority in the midst of daily chaos.

Because how are you meant to make great decisions, work in an energised way or be present for the people around you if you’re feeling stressed, flustered, bored or resentful?

Which brings us to flowers! Having fresh flowers around you, throughout your home or on your desk at work, brings little moments of joy to your day, connection to nature and forces you to experience the present – when a bright petal catches your eye, or you get a whiff of delicious fragrance.

So, congratulations to you! For building pleasure right into your life with flowers. Perhaps this week, share the love and get someone else on the pleasure train by throwing a few blooms in a glass and popping them on your colleague’s desk or neighbour’s doorstop.

May your cup of joy overflow!

XO Mel and Phil

“ You can’t pour from an empty cup.
Take care of yourself first.”

– Unkown

Watch it in action!

In the box this week

Waratah diy tutorial arrangement


Seriously the queen of flowers! The emblem of NSW and a protected bush bloom! And lucky for you, these beauties are now available as a cut flower – only a recent development because these beauties are notoriously difficult to grow! Treasure your waratah and shower it with regular water changes and it should last for a couple of weeks.

coral reef roses diy tutorial arrangement

Coral reef roses

It’s not just their lush name that made us fall in love with these beauties! Their vibrant coral hue is bang on trend and puts us in the mind of hot sand and pineapples. You can encourage tight buds to bloom but lightly running your finger around the inner petals or blowing on the flower head to coax the petals open.

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Pink double ranunculus

These soft ruffly blossoms are a delicious addition to any arrangement! If they look slightly floppy when you receive them, not to fear, snip the stems at a sharp angle and get them straight into fresh water. They’ll revive throughout the day.

budwax diy tutorial arrangement

Bud wax


This week’s bud wax adds a fun bit of texture to your arrangement. The tiny buds are pre-bloom but we love how they look like glossy little berries. Strip the spear like leaves from the base and pop into fresh water and they should last a few weeks. A few short stems in a bud vase also make super cute, and long lasting, addition to a bathroom sink or shelf.

spray carnations diy tutorial arrangement

Spray carnations

Also known as Pixie Carnations (cute!), these miniature carnations are make the perfect supporting act for bigger blooms. Use them clustered or wriggle them out at longer lengths for a more “wild” style of arrangement.

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Snoddy grass diy tutorial arrangement

Snoddy Grass

Tropical and lush – we love snoddy grass! Its long, pliant leaves radiate from tall stems – seriously useful in adding texture an arrangement. We love splitting a tall stem into two shorter to get more bang for your buck, and to add shorter pieces that droop over the edges of your vase.



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.


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.