Protea in Pink – Protea Arrangement

with After Dark and Bud Wax


It’s June! Which means there are only six more months to go until we can put the year that proved when it rains it really, really pours behind us.

This week’s box is packed with natives – a tough bunch! Proteas are one of the oldest flowers on Earth, dating back 300 million years. According to Greek legend, they’re named after Proteus – the son of Poseidon. Now apparently Proteus wasn’t really keen on being a sea god and preferred to nap all day on the island of Pharos instead (which we can totally relate to, by the way).

He would hide from anyone seeking his insight by shape shifting – which is where the protea comes into the story. With nearly 1,500 varieties it symbolizes change, transformation, diversity and courage.

It also endures some of the planet’s harshest climates, not just surviving but thriving. Moral of the story? Take naps!

Really though – You’ve got this.



Here’s what you’ll need.

  • 2 Proteas (we love varieties like Pink Ice)

  • Tall botanicals like wooly bush, phylica or leucadendrons

  • Filler flowers like bud wax, thryptomene or snowy chrysanthemums

  • A fine bushy foliage for soft texture (after dark or tea tree copper glow)

  • sharp scissors or flower shears


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.