Winter Flower Arrangement II

Helleborus Viburnum tinus Pittosporum Duck

This second winter flower arrangement portends the spring greens and creams that enliven our dampened winter spirits. The unopened rose buds and immature fruits of Viburnum tinus, and the airy twigs of the red beech and dark linear blades of red hook sedge break up the green monotony. The plants, which are long-lasting as cut components, used include:

Gleichenia dicarpa (tangle fern)

Helleborus x nigercors (hellebore)

Leucadendron ‘Safari Goldstrike’ (yellow conebush)

Nothofagus fusca (red beech)

Santolinia chamaecyparissus (cotton lavender)

Uncinia rubra (red hook sedge)

Viburnum tinus (laurestine)

Helleborus Viburnum tinus Pittosporum ferns Close Up

The pristine, minimally designed porcelain vase by well known Australian ceramicist Les Blakebrough highlights the arrangement’s colors well. Because the porcelain vase is fragile, we placed two small glass jars (recycled baby food jars) and sandwiched tissue or newspaper between the jars to stabilize them inside the vase. Two individual bouquets were created and tucked into these jars.

~ Eric

Helleborus Viburnum tinus Pittosporum ferns Close Up 2

Winter Flower Arrangement

Cut stems of rosemary have been carefully aligned and glued to the vase, concealing the maze of stems inside.
Cut stems of rosemary have been carefully aligned and glued to the vase, concealing the maze of stems inside.

This winter floral arrangement is essentially a natural potpourri of scented flowers that are wonderful together, as well as falling within similar colors (white, green, and pink). It incorporates the following plants:

Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ (Harry Lauder’s walking stick, contorted hazelnut)

Daphne odora (daphne)

Eucalyptus (eucalyptus)

Hedera rhombea ‘Creme de Menthe’ (variegated Japanese ivy)

Helleborus x hybridus (hellebore)

Jasminum polyanthum (pink jasmine)

Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary)

Viburnum tinus (laurestine)

Note: The hellebore flowers will not last more than a day and will need to be replaced – if a substitute is desired, ranunculus will work well.

The rosemary stems are first affixed to the sides of the vase before the main arrangement. Inside the vase, Hedera rhombea ‘Creme de Menthe’ and eucalyptus form a foliar scaffolding through which Viburnum tinus and Helleborus x hybridus are woven. Lastly, the jasmine and contorted filbert are gingerly tucked in, spilling out of the vase.

~Eric

Close-up detail: The twisted branches of Corylus avellana 'Contorta' mirror the twining flowers of Jasminum polyanthum, adding movement to the arrangement.
Close-up detail: The twisted branches of Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ mirror the twining flowers of Jasminum polyanthum, adding movement to the arrangement.
The unopened buds of Jasminum polyanthum are a rich red violet, the same hue as Helleborus x hybridus, fading to pale pink, picked up by Daphne odora and Viburnum tinus. The variegated leaves of Hedera rhombea 'Creme de Menthe' breaks up the solid greens of the arrangement - 'the cream' that floats to the surface.
The unopened buds of Jasminum polyanthum are a rich red violet, the same hue as Helleborus x hybridus, fading to pale pink, picked up by Daphne odora and Viburnum tinus. The variegated leaves of Hedera rhombea ‘Creme de Menthe’ breaks up the solid greens of the arrangement – ‘the cream’ that floats to the surface.
Allowing the jasmine and contorted filbert to spill out from the confines of the arrangement prevents the look from being too stiff.
Allowing the jasmine and contorted filbert to spill out from the confines of the arrangement prevents the look from being too stiff.
Placed in the airy bathroom, the floral arrangement is a potpourii of winter fragrances.
Placed in the airy bathroom, the floral arrangement is a potpourii of winter fragrances.