The winter sun has been glorious here this past week, which means it’s been the perfect weather to strip off to a t.shirt and spend time in the garden.
We have an acre of tropical gardens that are filled with blooms even in winter, so we are currently enjoying a lovely mixture of flowering camellias and azaleas.
These camellias are from a very large… maybe 4 – 5 metre tall tree. The flowers themselves are as large as saucers and quite heavy. We only have the one tree with this variety and unfortunately I don’t know what it is called.
These beautiful blooms live for quite some time as a picked flower, but due to their heavy heads and short stems, they are a bit problematic to place in a vase… but I’ve found a way to display them perfectly!
I remember as a child my great aunt had these strange vases with metal grids in them…. I thought they were very odd and kind of ugly!
Of course now I know they were flower frogs, which are used to keep flowers standing up in a vase… and a pretty smart idea really.
I’ve used this quick and easy technique before to make a vase suitable for difficult blooms…. and my heavy headed camellias are definitely ‘difficult’.
The stems on my camellias are quite short, so I’ve gone with a wide mouthed, shallow bowl as a water receptacle. This bamboo bowl has a white outer coating, so it is perfect to show off the pretty pink petals of the camellias.
To make the bowl into a frog, simply use clear cello tape to form a grid on the top. By using clear tape, you won’t be able to see the small lengths of tape that extend over onto the outside of the bowl/vase.
Fill the bowl with water and place the stems of your blooms through the holes in the tape, which will allow them to stand upright.
This flower frog is just perfect for these very heavy headed flowers too, because it supports the weight of the flower, allowing them to almost appear as if they are floating in the bowl.
The clear tape technique can be applied to any vase or bowl. I especially like it for tulips and lilies to keep them standing up.
Happy Monday ~ Kerryanne
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