Ten clever ways to design with bulb flowers.
Designs by James Miller, AIFD
From amaryllises and Narcissi to Nerines and tulips, bulb flowers are a
popular bunch for virtually all spring occasions. These innovative yet
easy-to-master designs provide a variety of perspectives on these
flowers and more.
A simple, natural presentation of tulips, placed at an angle inside a
glass urn, artfully conveys a gardenlike style. This angled treatment,
created by placing a damp towel over the stems to hold them in place,
would be especially beautiful set on a glass table, with the sumptuous
blooms reflected in it.
MATERIALS: Ayre Urn from Accent Décor; tulips from the
Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center.
HOW TO: Remove tulips from water until the stems soften, then recut the stems, and place them into a fresh flower food solution. Place
a damp towel over the curved tulip stems to hold the tulips in place
while they hydrate.
Fresh cut tulips revert to their original, uncut state in this
design. A natural, rooted look is achieved by inserting tulip stems
directly through holes bored into bulbs. A layer of gravel, with
water skimming the top of the pebbles, provides stability for the
bulbs and adds texture to the design.
MATERIALS: Rectangular Votive container from Syndicate Sales;
tulips from the Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center.
HOW TO: Drill a hole through each bulb, and place a tulip
stem through the hole, with about 1/2 inch of the stem protruding
from the bottom of the bulb.
Arranging the flowers at different heights creates depth in this
casually hand-gathered bouquet, which is placed into a glass container.
Interesting combinations of yellow and orange appear not only on the
striking tulips but also on the patterned ribbon that binds and accents
them. The orange-yellow stars-of-Bethlehem (Ornithogalum) coordinate
perfectly with the tulips’ edges.
MATERIALS: Tower Vase from BX Glass; tulips and
stars-of-Bethlehem from the Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center;
ribbon (43441) from Morex Corp.
HOW TO: Gather stems of tulips and stars-of-Bethlehem, arranging
them at different heights, and bind the stems together with ribbon.