I promised to update you with my Sarah Raven tulips once a few more had bloomed.
I planted these stunning bulbs at the beginning of the year and have been delighted with their progress.
With several different varieties they have flowered continually since the middle of April and are still going strong.
I’ve been watering them regularly due to the dry weather and I think that this has helped prolong the flowering period.
Have you ever wondered how OKA create their fabulous faux floral displays?
I was lucky enough to be invited to an in-store event hosted by Bunched by OKA which revealed some of their trade secrets.
Resident florist, Natalie, demonstrated how she creates these statement arrangements.
Using easy to follow steps she described how to achieve a flower based arrangement.
Here are some simple tips which she shared with the entranced audience:
- Choose an odd number of stems; say 1, 3 or 5
- Choose a foliage with a similar colour leaf to the flowers
- Shake out foliage to separate leaves
- Open up flower heads and bend forward
- Bend stems for correct height; rule of thumb is 1.5 times the height of the vase
- If the stems are too short then use paper or towels to pack the bottom of the vase
- Build the height by creating “rings”
In the is example Natalie used Eucalyptus, Peonies, Roses, and Paniculatas, alternating them to create the first ring
- For the second ring measure height of stems and bend to correct length before adding
- Form triangles by adding a single stem between two of the same variety in the first ring
- Spin the vase as you work rather than walk around it
The second and third rings add height to the display
- Finally create the third ring by repeating the process
- A single stem in the centre of the arrangement may be used to complete the process
- Update faux arrangements with seasonal blooms (fresh of faux) to remain current
- Add a scented reed stick to further add to the illusion
Inspired by OKA
Inspired by the realistic quality of OKA’s faux flower arrangement I couldn’t resist an investment of my own.
A Bank Holiday trip to Ikea opened my eyes to the variety of faux flowers that they stock.
I tend to have Eucalyptus in the house during the winter season as I love its aroma. Seeing a realistic faux version I realised that I could have it year round.
Another of my favourite plants is the Lupin which I grow in my herbaceous border. Again, seeing a silk version on sale inspired me to make a further purchase.
Once home I retrieved a favourite vase and set to work.
Following the general rule-of-thumb I used 5 eucalyptus stems and 3 lupins. I shook them out and teased the leaves and flowers until they looked more natural.
I then placed the foliage in the vase before alternating the flowers in a triangular shape.
I’m the first to admit that it’s not quite OKA standard but in our cottage, I think, a simple, yet effective, arrangement is more in keeping.