Tulips, Proteas and Eucalyptus… a box of tough buggers if ever we saw one! You see, the sprawling beauty of tulips is often mistaken for weakness. To those who don’t know better, the droopy, bendy stems can appear nothing more than an inability to behave once popped into water. But tulips are heliotropic – they twist and arc in order to orient themselves in the best possible position to receive light. And they continue to grow up to two inches in the vase!

Then we have Protea, positively prehistoric, and able to withstand some of nature’s toughest climates – not just surviving but thriving. Much like Eucalyptus, which has inherited the remarkable resilience of the scorched Australian landscape from which it’s born. Completely unfazed when dry, it’s silvery tones and rugged silhouette are everlasting.

Together, these three put on the ultimate display of tenacity and strength. Keep rolling with the punches, and keep your face towards the light. That way, the shadows can fall behind you.

Styling Instructions – Double Tulip Arrangement

Here’s what you’ll need.

  • A bunch of double tulips

  • A single protea

  • Native Australian foliage (we love Eucalyptus)

  • Flower shears or secateurs

  • A sturdy vase and fresh water

1. Frame

Create a frame with your eucalyptus, keeping it tall and letting it hang wide.

2. Measure up

Hold your protea up and snip to the right length. You want to leave it at a height between the top of the eucalyptus and the lip of your vase.

3. Protea

Pop in your protea amongst the gum!

4. Bunch up

Setting a few tulips aside, gather up the rest into a bunch which will become the focal point of your arrangement.

Tulip and Protea Arrangement

5. Tulips

Pop your tulips into the vase, slightly off centre for a more interesting balance to your arrangement.

6. Stunning!

Add in your last few tulips, allowing their natural droop to be a feature out the side of your arrangement. Enjoy!


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.