feature designs

vegetative

                  creations

 Designs by BJ Dyer, AIFD, AAF

 

Fresh cut flowers are arranged to resemble growing springtime gardens.

 

Spring’s most welcome blooms, from bright bulb flowers to lush peonies and blossoming branches, bid the first farewell to winter. When these beloved cut flowers are combined and arranged to appear as if they’re still sprouting from the newly thawed earth, as demonstrated here by floral artist BJ Dyer, aifd, aaf, co-owner of Bouquets in Denver, Colo., there’s no match to how these springtime favorites celebrate nature’s beauty and bounty.

  Replicate Mr. Dyer’s techniques in your shop to bid good riddance to the cold winds of winter, and warm your customers’ hearts with these organic inspirations.

 

bicolor quartet

  

Taking cues from the stunning bichromatic tulips, this design is aglow with sunny yellow and soft coral hues. The products are arranged in quadrants, each balancing the others and emphasizing the gorgeous materials within. The right-leaning tulips and right-facing amaryllises, which appear to be stretching to greet the sun’s warm rays, suggest the position of the golden orb in a springtime sky.

  

MATERIALS: amaryllises (Hippeas-trums), tulips, peonies, Ornith-ogalums, Acacia and Camellia foliage courtesy of Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center; footed Victorian container from China Direct LLC. To contact these companies, see “Product Source Guide” on Page 105.

 

 

pail pairing  

A pair of weathered pails are combined to resemble a strategically terraced landscape, forming a broad sweep of orangy materials arranged on a diagonal on the left echoed by a fine angled line on the right. Designers can create this composition in floral foam, or they can form chicken wire into orbs, and wedge one into the base of each vessel as an armature.

 

 

MATERIALS: amaryllises (Hippeastrums), spider flowers (Grevilleas), miniature callas, pincushions (Leucospermums), coneflowers (Echinacea) and Hypericum courtesy of Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center; pails from Melrose International. To contact these companies, see “Product Source Guide” on Page 105.

 

 

 

 

 

lemon dew drop

 

Under an ethereal cloud of lady’s mantle, a sunsplashed band of parrot tulips spills from the center of a lush crescent of golden Ornithogalums, as if bowing under the gentle weight of a fresh morning dew. The resulting composition resembles a dense, shrublike planting that declares the glory and bounty of the season.

 

MATERIALS: tulips, Ornithogalums and lady’s mantle (Alchemilla) courtesy of Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center; container from China Direct LLC. To contact these companies, see “Product Source Guide” on Page 105.

 


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