SPRING, DO YOUR THING! – Colourful Poppy Arrangement
with Stock, Sweet Pea and Umbrella Fern
Spring, do your thing!… which is to propel us ever closer to the end of the year, thanks! 2020 has kicked our butts with barely any reprieve since it began. Here we are now, ¾ of the way through it, and still rolling with the punches! Can we just start using it as a swear word already? “What a load of 2020!” etc, etc…
You know what they say about spring though? It’s the season of renewal. Marine biologist Susan Carson put it best, with “There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
So yeah, things are 2020 right now (see what I did there!?) but the proverbial Spring is coming. And while we wait, we have actual Spring… and stocks, and billy buttons, and poppies, oh my!
LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL THEY ARE
then remember: They pushed through dirt to get here.
Sweet Pea – Sometimes you come across a fragrance that’s just P.R.E.T.T.Y. That’s sweet pea all over. 3-4 delicate ruffled blossoms grace each stem, and it’s usually available in white, magenta, purples and pinks. Not long lasting but treasure the moment (and that amazing fragrance) while it lasts.
Stock – This fluffy romantic greenhouse bloom delivers another scent hit this week. Single or double petalled blossoms travel up a spike stem. Pluck away lower flowers as they wilt to encourage the top buds to bloom.
Billy Buttons – Also known as drumsticks (for obvious reasons) or woollyheads (cute!), these adorable pom pom like flowers are an Australian native, with each plant growing just a single flower stalk. These dry well and add a stylish splash of colour popped into rough edged ceramics or milk glass vases.
Here’s what you’ll need.
1 bunch each of stock, sweet pea and poppies
5-7 stems of billy buttons
2 fan palm leaves
2 brightly coloured vases
sharp scissors or flower shears
1. Start with stock
Begin with one or two squeaky clean vases filled to about half way with fresh water.
Starting with stock, remove all lower leaves by simply them away. Add 2-3 medium length stems to each vase you’re using, staggering the heights slightly.
2. Fill in with sweet pea
Fill in with sweet pea, keeping most of of the blooms quite close to the rim but wriggling a few stems out longer for a more relaxed feel.
3. Prep poppies
Measure and cut poppies, singeing the ends briefly with a match or lighter. This helps to extend the poppies’ vase life!
Feel free to carefully remove any loose outer casing.
4. Add poppies as focal flowers
Tuck in one or two poppy heads close to the rim of the vase, and a couple of longer stems off to the side.
5. Billy buttons
For a fun pop of yellow, add in a few dried billy buttons, keeping the stems tall and staggered.
Don’t forget to hang onto your dried billy buttons for future arrangements!
6. Finish with fans
To finish, simply tuck in one fan palm stem at the back of each vase.
Keep your vases together or pop them around your home for a pop of loved up colour!