VASES AND VES­SELS

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Some vases are beau­ti­ful on their own but if you’re run­ning low — or look­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent — think out­side the square.

Keep ta­ble flow­ers low to al­low con­ver­sa­tion be­tween guests. Small vases, jars or teacups can look charm­ing.

Use flow­ers to dec­o­rate the front door. A small bou­quet with a lit­tle wa­ter placed in­side a hes­sian bag or Christ­mas stock­ing makes a stylish welcome.

Don’t for­get flow­ers for the bath­room. It’s a pop­u­lar room at par­ties. hen we throw a kids’ party, most of us will take time to set the scene with bal­loons, stream­ers and bunting strate­gi­cally strewn about the house.

For more so­phis­ti­cated oc­ca­sions,ions, how­ever, fresh flow­ers can be a beau­ti­ful way to “dress” the ta­ble or room.

Founder of floristry ser­vice The Daily Bunch, Lucette Yusef (pic­tured) says fresh flow­ers turn an or­di­nary gath­er­ing into an event.

“It shows you’ve gone to some ef­fort to cre­ate a spe­cial at­mos­phere,” she says.

Her busi­ness spe­cialises in creat­ing a daily bou­quet based on what’s fresh and in sea­son at the flower mar­kets so she’s learnt a thing or two about get­ting the most from cut blooms.

Best blooms

Whether you’re head­ing to the Syd­ney Flower Mar­kets or your lo­cal gro­cer, Lucette says there are a few things to look out for to get the best flow­ers.

Hav­ing a par­tic­u­lar colour or theme in mind, like ro­man­tic or vin­tage can help but Lucette says it pays to keep an open mind.

“If you go (to the flower mar­ket) on a Satur­day, be a bit wary be­cause they’re of­ten clear­ing out what didn’t sell dur­ing the week,” she says. “Look at the stems and leaves of the flow­ers be­cause they will tell the story. “Of­ten the leaf wilts be­fore the flower and a slimy stem means it has been sit­ting in wa­ter.” The most com­mon flower on sa sale is gen­er­ally what is in sea­son but Luc Lucette says you can get most flow­ers all yea year round if you’re will­ing to pay. “Our lo­cal roses are in­cred­i­ble at the mo­ment,” she says.

In abun­dance

Although smaller vin­tage vases, in­clud­ing glass jars have been pop­u­lar in re­cent years, Lucette says we’re re­turn­ing to larger flo­ral dis­plays that are still quite re­laxed.

“It’s mov­ing to­wards a more luxe and abun­dant style but the way we style flow­ers will be a re­flec­tion of our homes,” she says.

As long as you keep your flow­ers in­doors out of di­rect light, Lucette says they should look good for sev­eral days.

Na­tive flow­ers and hardy species like chrysan­the­mum are very re­li­able.

Con­sider sup­ple­ment­ing your ar­range­ment with flow­ers and fo­liage from your own gar­den, es­pe­cially if you have fra­grant va­ri­eties such as gar­de­nias and frangi­pa­nis.

If you’re wor­ried about stems turn­ing brown, Lucette says look for ce­ramic vases where they won’t be seen.

Gen­er­ous flo­ral ar­range­ments like this from The Daily Bunch pro­vide a strik­ing fo­cal point.

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