Have some guests over for a meal and then realise you didn’t get any flowers for the house? Why not have a look around your garden and pick some flowers from the garden for an arrangement or two?
Have a look around your garden. You might be surprised at what you can use. For a little inspiration, read on.
For this arrangement, my neighbour kindly gave me some of her pretty and sweet-scented camellia.
Applying colour theory, I intentionally selected a green vase as I knew the green would complement the pink colour of the camellias well.
To better showcase the flowers, I did a couple of things. Firstly I placed a couple of camellia stems apart when placing into the vase. Secondly I removed some of the leaves from the stems. As a result, the arrangement looked more expansive even with minimal floral materials.
After that, I placed a couple of fully opened blooms and a few short stems with flower buds near the mouth of the vase. This helped to create a focal point for the arrangement.
Flowers submerged in water
Another super easy way to decorate your dining table with flowers is to have the flowers in clear drink glasses filled with water. Like the pic below. (By the way these glasses were from IKEA!)
In addition you can make multiple groups of these arrangements and then style them with tealight candles or floating candles in glasses along the centre of the dining table. This will create a lovely ambiance for conversations around the table.
On the other hand, if you don’t have flowers you can also make use of any greenery you have.
Having foliage of different textures can make an interesting arrangement. Or even or a couple stems of the monstera leaf in a glass vase can look great!
The resulting look of arrangements using only greenery is often great for a more modern or contemporary look.
Here’s another “green” arrangement with bromeliad and philodendron leaves. After your function, you can re-plant the bromeliad in your garden.
CHOICE OF CONTAINERS
To make things a little more fun, you may like to use something a little different as your choice of container. For example instead of using a regular vase, empty jars, tin cans, pretty glasses, cups or even teapots, can add a nice touch.
Remember to cut the flower stems shorter if you have a smaller or shorter container. As a guide, the proportion of florals to container is usually 2:1 (if you prefer a taller arrangement) or 1:2 (for a wider arrangement).
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