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!

White Tulips
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.

Green Leucadendrons
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.

Snottygobble foliage
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!).

DIY Tulip leucadendron flower arrangement tutorial



DIY Tulip leucadendron flower arrangement tutorial ingredients

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


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.