Unusual Floral Arrangements
Here’s an interesting fact. Unusual Floral arrangements are sometime not floral arrangements at all.
The very first time I saw something I’d class as truly unusual, it was a bridal bouquet made from brussel sprouts and carrots. A bride, looking for a green themed wedding, had chosen to have her bouquet made from wired sprouts which looked amazingly tiny small green peonies, or even roses. The foliage was made from cabbage leaves and fringed fennel cascaded downwards.
It was not only unusual, it was very beautiful, and the bride enjoyed having something unique on her wedding day.
Sometimes unusual flower arrangements are created deliberately, sometimes they are the result of a lack of budget. Here’s one example of an display of lilies – not only stunningly different, but since a very small number of blooms are used, the arrangement is also economical. You can get a very similar effect by bending lilies on the inside of a glass fishbowl.
Do You Have to Use Unusual Flowers?
Of course not, unusual arrangements can be made from everyday flowers in unusual shapes and configurations, but it is fun to use the more unusual flowers (or vegetables or fruit) to create something really different. The number of silk flowers now available means that many of the unsual arrangements you see are artificial floral arrangements I noticed recently that there were a great many hydrangea flowers in the local craft stores, some an unusual combination of green and pink. I wasn’t sure what to make of it – I hate silk flowers which don’t mimic nature, until a friend pointed me to this video, a new variety of green hydrangea which fades to pink, and it should do well in my garden in England, as well as my house in Florida. I can’t wait to get it growing so I can create some unusual floral arrangements of my own.
Unusual Flowers In The Past?
In the past, unusual flowers changed hands for vast sums. In Europe, tulip bulbs in particular were extremely valuable. In 1637 the ‘mania’ for tulips was at it’s height, with tulip bulbs being sold for more than 10 times the salary of skilled craftsman.
Although we view tulips as common flowers, they did not arrive in Europe until the mid 16th century. By the early years of the 17th century the tulip was a status symbol, especially when multi-colored, striped, or marked with a flame like pattern, something we now know is actually caused by a virus.
In 1636 history records that a consignment of 40 tulip bulbs exchanged hands for 100,000 florins, a sum equivalent to around 1 million euros today.
Today a vast array of unusual flowers are available in many forms, from genuinely blue roses to black tulips and these together with exotic tropical flowers (my favorite is pink ginger) are an ideal way to create an eye catching and unusual floral arrangement.
Unusual arrangements don’t have to be large and showy. They can be created from tiny buds placed carefully in a seashell. Sometimes the most unusual arrangements are actually groups, where single blooms are grouped together in vases of different heights, or small arrangements are placed in a row at regular intervals. The last is a lovely way to make a centerpiece for a dinner table.
This site has many idea for unusual flower arrangements, as well as links to the resources you need; places to buy florists equipment, good books on flower arranging, realistitic artificial flowers and bulbs, seeds and plants so you can grow your own exotic blooms.
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