Bouquet of the Week Holiday Edition: Christmas Flowers
As part of our recurring Bouquet of the Week series, Garden Collage continues to present a weekly inspirational bouquet that incorporates intriguing new elements into the traditional practice of flower arranging. As part of the GC Holiday Calendar, Garden Collage styles bouquets in honor of Kwanzaa, Christmas, and Hanukkah.
Christmas flowers are tough to design, because they are so easily turned into a cliché: too much holly, red roses, and other expected colors can make even the most inventive bouquets feel staid.
For our Christmas Bouquet, we decided to do something new: we incorporated thistle, red anemones, and red tulips to add variation and a different texture among the obligatory pine tree fronds, which we gathered from our own pine tree. We included holly from my mother’s garden in California, and threw in some white fringed roses for a pop of contrasting color.
Everything was arranged in an antique wedgewood serving dish– a bit of old world to enhance the new– and we added some orchids as a final touch because they are fun and long-lasting.
The base of this bouquet was very Christmas-y: red and pine, but we wanted to shy away from red roses and went for more unexpected greens, like Jasmine leaves, to achieve the “evergreen” color. Happy Holidays from Garden Collage!