Lunar New Year Inspired Flower Arrangement
with Gladioli, Carnations and Leather Fern
This Friday (the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month) is Lantern Festival, a 2000 year old celebration which has its roots in ancient Buddhism. Lantern festival is also held on the first full-moon night in the Chinese calendar, marking the return of Spring and symbolizing the reunion of family.
In the face of a global health crisis many people have not been able to see their families now for over a year. While it is not possible for people to celebrate ‘togetherness’ together, it is still an important time to appreciate the rich history and beauty of these customs.
This weekend, take some time to get outside and appreciate the wonder of the full moon. Enjoy good food, check out socially distanced markets, light festivals and cultural performances if there are any in your area, enjoy this week’s “lucky” coloured blooms… and most importantly of all – if you can’t hug your family, call them and tell them how much you love ‘em!
Gladioli – Gladioli come in an amazing array of colours, from white, yellow and pink, all the way through to deep purples and and reds. This week’s are in a bright red and should last anywhere up to 2 weeks with regular water changes. Pinch off lower blooms as they wilt to encourage the newer buds to bloom.
When arranging them, pop them in last of all, to avoid crushing any open blooms, and add them towards the back to add soaring height!
Carnations – Carnations are back baby! But rather than interspersed with baby’s breath, modern carnations are cultivated in an amazing array of gelato pastel, or dark and moody hues, and are best styled in punchy gorgeous clusters or minimally threaded throughout your arrangement for back up colour.
Leather Fern – Leather Fern is one of those foliage varieties that instantly changes the look and feel of an arrangement with its generous size and interesting texture. As the name suggests, its leaves are pretty robust! If you have any spare, they look great minimally styled as single stems in glass vases around your home.
Here’s what you’ll need.
3-4 stems of gladioli
A mix of lucky coloured blooms – carnations, celosia or Gallipoli heath
2 stems of fern
clean glass vase
sharp scissors or flower shears