Win­ter won­ders

Australian House & Garden - - BOTANICA -

See­ing mag­no­lias in bloom is one of the heart­warm­ing sights of win­ter. For gar­den lovers and florists alike, the ar­rival of these lu­mi­nous white and pink blooms – typ­i­cally in Au­gust – is ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated each year.

It’s the ephemeral na­ture of mag­no­lia flow­ers that makes them so spe­cial, says Syd­ney florist Fleur Van­der Straaten of Sum­mers Flo­ral. “We’re al­ways re­ally ex­cited when they ar­rive at the mar­kets,” says Fleur, who has teamed two-toned pink Chi­nese mag­no­lias with sil­ver-laven­der ‘Se­cret Gar­den’ roses and bur­gundy-coloured cym­bid­ium or­chids for this dis­play. Set against a back­drop of cloud-like Os­borne & Lit­tle ‘Mar­mara’ wall­pa­per in mid­night blue, it makes for a rich and dreamy com­po­si­tion. “These are lovely warm tones for win­ter,” says Fleur. “They com­ple­ment each other and look gor­geous in a home with an open fire.”

While mag­no­lias hap­pily mix with other warm­toned blooms, their goblet-shaped flow­ers and gnarly branches make them per­fect solo per­form­ers, too. “They make such a state­ment on their own,” says Fleur. sum­mers­flo­ or @sum­mers­flo­ral

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