Flower Galleries

Can you guess these flowers?

Here’s a bit of fun. Who can tell me what these flowers are? Leave a comment if you know.

Autumn brightness

Well, it’s autumn in New Zealand right now, so we’re seeing colourful blooms like dahlias, coreopsis, rudbeckias and sea holly. You may even have rose hips in your garden if you didn’t get around to deadheading them. Or apples, which are useful in arrangements, like in the design one up from the bottom, found here.

I’m loving the second arrangement down by La Musa de las Flores, which features dried leaves, nasturtiums, phlox and ranunculus. It appears over at Elle Decor. As does the berry arrangement by Vervain. This plant, Celastrus orbiculatus, is actually a pest plant in New Zealand, but there are many other berry plants you can try instead.

Posh posies

STAR BLOOMS: Check out these beautiful bouquets from the superb team at Saipua. A common theme throughout are the dazzling dahlias, the raucous ranunculi, the very cheery berries, the seed heads and the silver foliage. Truly divine!

Dahlias make great cut flowers, but don’t pick them until the blooms are three-quarters to fully open. The blooms won’t open once they’ve been picked. That’s why you don’t often see them at florists – they’re just too delicate to transport once they’re in full bloom.

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