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Cel­e­brate Easter with a beau­ti­ful vase of longi­flo­rum lilies in­cor­po­rat­ing con­torted wil­low and dec­o­ra­tive hang­ing eggs. This tra­di­tional Easter lily is the per­fect choice for home dec­o­ra­tion dur­ing this sea­son.

The blooms are char­ac­terised by their el­e­gant long green stems, and beau­ti­ful bell- shaped white flow­ers. When se­lect­ing longi­flo­rum, buy ones with a few buds that are just be­gin­ning to open. Th­ese flow­ers can be used in var­i­ous ways; here’s an ex­am­ple of how you can cre­ate a stun­ning Easter de­sign in your home.


Fill the vase about three­quar­ters full with roomtem­per­a­ture wa­ter and add the cut flower food. Start by adding the con­torted wil­low, mea­sur­ing against the side of the vase be­fore cut­ting. Th­ese twigs should be higher than the flow­ers. Glass vase: IKEA has a good se­lec­tion from $10, and Far East Orchid at Thomp­son Road also has a de­cent range. Flower food sa­chet: Far East Flora on Thomp­son Road sells packs of sa­chets for $2.50. Sharp scis­sors: florist scis­sors are avail­able at Far East Flora, or al­ter­na­tively Daiso sells gar­den scis­sors for $2. Ten stems of longi­flo­rum (or “longi”) lilies: avail­able from Far East Flora or your lo­cal florist (ap­prox­i­mately $30). Con­torted wil­low bunches: avail­able from Far East Orchid or Gar­den cen­tres at ap­prox­i­mately $10 a bunch. Dec­o­ra­tive hang­ing eggs: avail­able from Spot­light, Cold Stor­age or Bed Bath N’ Ta­ble (ap­prox­i­mately $6.90 for six). Care­fully han­dle the del­i­cate lilies, gaug­ing how much of the stem you need to cut off by hold­ing it against the vase and cut­ting at a 45-de­gree an­gle. Re­move the lower leaves that will be be­low the wa­ter­line and place the stem in the vase. Con­tinue with the re­main­ing stems, plac­ing the blooms with their bell­shaped heads fac­ing out­wards. The stems in the mid­dle can be slightly taller. Turn the vase while plac­ing your stems to en­sure it’s evenly shaped all around.


When you’re happy with the shape and height of the flow­ers, hang your dec­o­ra­tive eggs on to the con­torted wil­low, spac­ing them evenly through­out the de­sign. As the flow­ers open, re­move and dis­pose of the pollen an­thers with a tis­sue as this pollen can stain hands, clothes and sur­faces. Place the vase in a cool place out of the sun, and change the wa­ter ev­ery cou­ple of days. The lilies should last from ten days to two weeks.

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