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This natural looking design is arranged in a tall container of water.

It features 8 orange tulips, 2 apricot gladioli, emu grass foliage, bud wax, bi-fold foliage, twisted willow, and it is accented with a bow made of raffia.

One of the advantages of placing flowers in water instead of using florist foam, is that they will last longer, this is specially so for irises, tulips and daffodils.


8 feature flowers such as tulips. Other suitable flowers are irises, roses and lilies.

2 Gladioli. Other suitable spike flowers are delphiniums and snapdragons.

Filler Flower such as bud wax (this is wax flower in bud). Other suitable filling flowers are heather and misty.

Tall spiky foliage is used to fill in the back such as emu grass. Other suitable types are boston fern and privet.

Full bushy foliage such as leather leaf ( this also called bakers fern ).

Other suitable types are eucalyptus gum, and box.

Bi-fold foliage Other suitable types are camellia and salal.

Twisted willow.

Tall glass container,

Raffia, long 22 gauge florist wire x 45cm (18").


1. Fill the container three quarters of the way with water.

2. Insert leather leaf in the container crisscrossing the stems to form a domed shape in the center. This foliage should be full as it is used to help hold the flower stems in place.

3. Insert the 2 gladioli in the back of the container cutting each one to the desired length (the height should be at least 1½ to twice the height of the container).

4. Tulip stems often curve after they have been arranged. To prevent this, the tulips can be wired before using them in an arrangement. To do this, insert the end of a long 22 gauge florist wire into the base of the flower head and wind the wire spirally down and around the stem three or four times.

5. Starting with the smallest flowers at the top and the largest flowers at the bottom insert the tulips in the arrangement cutting each stem to the desired length having a space between each flower head as shown in the photograph.

6. Emu grass is inserted at the back of the arrangement to form a fan shape. Cut each stem to the desired length and position as shown in the photograph.

7. Insert bifold foliage in the arrangement to extend across the base of the arrangement. This will be the widest part of the arrangement.

8. Insert bud wax evenly between the flowers.

9. Insert twisted willow at the back of the arrangement.

10. Take several strands of raffia. Place them together and form them into a figure eight shaped bow with long tails. Place the centre of the long florist wire across the centre of the bow and twist the wires together. Cut the wires slightly shorter and insert them down amongst the foliage in the front of the arrangement. Arrange the bow to sit attractively - cutting the raffia ends to the desired length.

11. Spray lightly with water. Top up the container daily with water.

This type of design can be varied, depending on the materials being used. A variety of different types of flowers can be used such as roses, lilac and carnations for a romantic look. Instead of raffia, a bow can be made of satin or sheer ribbon.

This lesson is briefly explained. In our Floristry Diploma Course each lesson is illustrated and explained step by step. The measurements are given on how long to cut each stem and exactly where to position each one, so every design will have that professional finish that you see in florist shops.

You will learn how to create many different styles in floral design from simple modern arrangements through to special occasion designs. Once you learn the basics of flower arranging, you will then be able to create your own freestyle designs.

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