For me, red has very different connotations. It is castles and dragons, singing on the way home. For this Welsh valley’s girl, it is hiraeth.
I have grown two types of red tulips for floristry in the cutting garden, a frilly parrot and a large single. I knew they would work perfectly together.
As most know, tulips retain their tropism (ability to bend towards the light even when cut) so I wanted the floral arrangement to give them the space to move where they wanted. I also wanted to use them to their full height – what was the point of growing fabulously long tulips to cut them short was my logic. I pulled the bulbs to ensure they could be cut to their maximum stem length once I had conditioned them.
The original container I had identified was just too small to hold these long stemmed beauties. I needed “a heavier bottom” to take their height. It needed to be black too, to echo the black anthers in both tulips. After not too extensive a search of my container collection, ahem, I found a large black round vase that I filled with chicken wire for mechanics, as I wanted the tulips to last for as long as possible.
what’s the point of growing fabulously long tulips to cut them short.
I don’t know about you but I am constantly cutting foliage that I think is an interesting shape and leaving it to dry. While my other half often refers to this as “space occupying” floristry – he is of course right – what it means is when I need some bold dried structures to frame those long tulips, I have it.
I really love the combination of beautiful blooms with dried materials. This mix of dried and fresh florals is what I think makes an arrangement look slightly “wild” and I constantly use it to achieve that just picked from the garden wild garden style floristry look. It is also a great help with the mechanics.
Tulips for floristry used in this way make a bold dramatic feature arrangement. I have placed mine in a window with the light streaming in behind softening the reds and turning the foliage a pale dreamy green but it would be equally at home in the centre of a table.
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