October is here…Time went by so fast. I started writing this blog in Spring and now all of the sudden Autumn has started. It’s a busy time of cleaning up the garden, looking ahead and preparing for the next season to come. Also a great time to tuck (tulip)bulbs into the ground. This month I will share my planting tips and tricks with you, so be sure to pop back.
To bring the South African warmth into your home I added a tropical flower in this months DIY bouquet: the bird of paradise flower. The flower just looks like the birds-of-paradise. The original name is Strelitzia. I was lucky to get it at the flower shop, it will last about two weeks as fresh flower in a vase. In South Africa it’s featured on the reverse of the 50 cent coin. It’s also the floral emblem of the City of Los Angeles.
The photo of this Strelitzia reginae is taken at the botanical garden in Leiden, the Hortus botanicus Leiden, The Netherlands.
Flowers for the October bouquet
- Sweet pea
- Bird of paradise flower
- Cut the stems and strip the leaves. This allows the flowers to absorb water more easily, keeping them fresh.
- Prepare the vase. The next step is to prepare the vase you plan on using for the flower arrangement. Make sure the vessel is nice and clean, with no residue or dirt. After I clean the vase with warm water and soap I add a little chloric to rinse out all the dirt. Afterwards rinse out with water. It makes your glass vase really clean and shiny.
- Arrange the flowers in your hand or in the vase, and this is the result!