Inside Out (Australia) - - Things We Love -

Mas­ter the art of ar­rang­ing flow­ers at home by fol­low­ing these sim­ple steps 1|“Less is more,” says Vicki. “A beau­ti­ful ves­sel fea­tur­ing a sin­gle float­ing flower is sub­lime.” 2| Let flow­ers do what they want. “Tulips in a shal­low bowl will fall in their own way when out of a bunch, sun­flow­ers will look to­ward the sun, and other flow­ers will grow even af­ter they’ve been cut. They are liv­ing things to love.” 3| Take on a sin­gu­lar vi­sion. “A vase filled with a mass of one va­ri­ety has so much im­pact,” says Vicki. “Buy a cou­ple of bunches of the same flower at your florist and you will love it.” 4| Try some­thing dif­fer­ent. “Suc­cu­lents are fab­u­lous in flower ar­range­ments. They pro­vide a strong, con­trast­ing el­e­ment that is so pop­u­lar to­day. They are fine out of wa­ter; you can just ‘stake’ them with a skewer and they will hold. They’re a good choice for ar­range­ments in our long, hot sum­mer.” 5| Put as much thought into the ves­sels as your flow­ers, par­tic­u­larly when con­sid­er­ing an ar­range­ment like the re­cent trend to­wards a sin­gle bloom in each of a num­ber of bot­tles or vases. “I’ve al­ways thought flower ar­rang­ing is about sim­plic­ity,” says Vicki. “This also be­comes a very eco­nom­i­cal way of us­ing flow­ers.”

“Ev­ery­one can en­joy flow­ers and ex­plore their dif­fer­ent colours, forms, per­fumes and idio­syn­cra­sies” VICKI KERR, FLORIST

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