4 July 2014

A Bunch for the Weekend - # 13 - Alstroemeria




This week on 'A Bunch for the Weekend' - I'm featuring Alstroemeria.

Alstroemeria is also called Peruvian lily and it's easy to understand why. The flowers resembles lily flowers - only much smaller. It is also originally from South America.

Some of it's petals are striped and others are solid. It comes in many different colours - pink, white, yellow, orange and red - as well as some multi-coloured.

It's affordable and long-lasting - it can last for up to three weeks so you'll get you moneys worth! 

When you buy them make sure at least one bud on each stem has opened and the foliage should not have turned yellow.

You'll need:
- a container that picks up the colour in the flowers
- five stems of Alstroemeria
- string or twine

To condition the flowers remove any of the lower leaves that would sit below the water level in the vase and cut the stems at an angle to maximum the water uptake. Put in a clean container with fresh water over night or at least for a few hours before doing the final arrangement.

I have used a vintage pink jug instead of a traditional vase. It picks up the pink in the flowers and I have added a vintage fabric that also have pink flowers on it.

Make the arrangement in your hand and tie a piece of string around the stems - high up right under the flowers - to hold the bunch together.

There is no need to fill the whole vase with flowers - a few stems together leaning to one side of the vase is often enough for impact and gives an interesting silhouette.



The flowers are from the Forever Green Flower Company - grown by Cel Robertson on her organic flower farm in Norfolk. She has a stall every week at my local farmer's market in North London.  

Have a Fabulous Floral Friday!

See you again on Sunday for another Floral Quote.

xoxo Ingrid

4 comments:

Frances said...

Ingrid, I am an Alstroemeria fan, for all the attributes you mention. All those colors are so beautiful, but I particularly like the color you've chosen for this arrangement.

Thanks for the tip about the string!

I'm working this weekend, but think that I will seek out some Alstroemeria blooms on my next day off...Monday will be my flower day.

Happy weekend to you. xo

HWIT BLOGG said...

Beautiful....
Love,
Titti

Lisa Gordon said...

What a beautiful arrangement this is, Ingrid. You chose such a perfect vase to compliment the wonderful color of those flowers xo.

Pondside said...

How pretty. I nearly always use a glass or white porcelain vase - but I like the look of the pink jug with the pink flowers. Thank you for the lesson/inspiration!