Same But Different – Tulip and Leucadendron Flower Arrangement
with “Snottygobble” Snoddy Grass greenery
This week’s box features classic white winter tulips, toughened up with the unexpected edge of vibrant green leucadendrons. Both blooms have the same, well, tulip shaped flowers. But while one creates elegant arcs in a vase, the other reaches for ceiling with sculptural spear like stems. Like salt and caramel, sometimes unexpected things just work!
An classic flower with a fascinating history. First cultivated in Persia, this bendy bloom was intensely rare and revered (ornate vases were designed to show off one single bloom), with a single bulb literally worth its weight in gold at the height of Tulipmania in the 1630’s. Tulips continue to grow in the vase, and have a beautiful tendency to arch towards the ground. Use this to your advantage and let your stems lean out of your vase at staggered heights.
This cup shaped bloom has been around since the age of the dinosaurs. Straight, woody and sculptural – cluster these in a low bunch as the perfect focal point, or let them lean loose and tall for a more wild look. These also look super stylish dried.
Crazy name! Crazy good greenery. Officially “Persoonia” but more commonly known as snottygobble, emu bush or ‘geebung’, this long leaved native botanical comes from the baking hot climes of Western Australia, and is notoriously difficult to germinate (a seed can take up to 3 years!).
Here’s what you’ll need.
1 bunch of tulips
3-5 stems of leucadendrons
3 stems of snoddy grass (“snoddygobble”)
squeaky clean glass vase
sharp scissors or flower shears