Did you know that tulips continue to grow after they have been cut? This is why many people think they have ‘flopped’ out of a vase when in fact they have grown and the heads become heavier than the stems. A great way to arrange tulips is to use a fish bowl. Here’s how:
- add about 3cm of water to the bowl – try not to splash up the sides
- take one bunch of tulips (5 or 7 work best)
- allow the tulips to go floppy by leaving out of water for at least 2-3 hours
- cut the stems where the lower leaf joins and remove
- clean off any mud or dirt on the stems
- take one tulip at a time and carefully curl into the bowl with the stem in the water
- add each tulip by spacing about 5cm apart until the bowl if full
The great thing about this design is the tulips chase each other around the bowl as they grow. Try mixing alternate colours for a different effect and place on a round mirror for an extra special display. Arranged like this tulips will last over a week!
For more flower arranging ideas come along to the Spring Fair at Jack Dunkley’s Birchfield nursery on Sunday 26th April 2015.