FLORAL DESIGN SCHOOL
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TULIPS IN TALL GLASS CONTAINER
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
Bi-fold foliage Other suitable types are camellia and salal.
Tall glass container,
Raffia, long 22 gauge florist wire x 45cm (18").
1. Fill the container three quarters of the way with
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
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
11. Spray lightly with water. Top up the container daily with water.
NOTE: 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
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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