Amaryllis are one of my favorite flowers to use in design work, but the thick stems can get in the way for some types of design work. In this video I’ll be demonstrating how to overcome this challenge and create an arrangement perfect for a holiday gathering!
- Hi, I'm Kelly Perry with Team Flower and today we're gonna make a centerpiece using amaryllis.
This can be a tough one to use in arrangements sometimes because the stems are so long and they can be very fragile but I wanted to take some time to show you a few tips that you can use to do some great arrangements with amaryllis.
With the holidays coming up, they're a beautiful flower to use in holiday arrangements, so I thought it would be fun to show you.
So we're gonna get started.
The container that I'm using today has a few little brass screws, so I've sealed those off with silicone.
And then I have a block of soaked Oasis in here.
And the Oasis is important for the amaryllis and the technique that I'm gonna show you for that, so I really prefer to use that as opposed to wire or flower frogs, just specifically for this and I'll explain a little bit later.
So I have the Oasis in here and then I have it taped in and I also have the container filled with water.
And that I have found really helps keep the flowers fresher longer, because whenever you're using flower frog, they get the maximum water absorption.
And I just have found that sometimes with Oasis the flowers don't last quite as long as they do in clean, fresh water, so I like to fill the container still even so with water, just to make sure that that is completely soaked all of the time, and that helps with longevity a little bit.
So we're gonna get started with, this is called rose sumac and this is what I'm gonna use to establish the general shape of the arrangement, and kinda where I'm headed with things.
And then we are gonna, after we add some of this, then we're going to add some pittosporum.
And I love what you'll see here, the importance of having these specific ingredients, it's not important that you have them.
You just need things that have a similar quality about them.
So the rose sumac is branchy and has a nice shape to it and the pittosporum has some branchier, or not branchy, just full full flower.
So that helps with coverage quite a lot.
So that's why I've chosen those two things.
So you're just looking for similar shapes.
I'm gonna use about five pieces of this, and these three you can see are out further, and then I wanna move these ones in.
Well, I wanna round out the back first but use these in a little bit more as opposed to very outside of the container.
So you can see how we have a nice dimension going there on the front and the back.
And this piece is just a little bit too much for where I'd like to put it, so I'm just gonna do a little trimming.
Okay, I like to, I always like save a little piece just in case if I see later that there's a place where I'd like to use that.
So now with the pittosporum, I'm going to just add some more fullness into these areas.
So I'm just kind of following the sumac, and then what I like about pittosporum is it has several opportunities here to use the same stem multiple times, so I'm just clipping right above each of these groups of leaves, and then these are so great to go nice and low in the arrangement.
And you cover up that exposed cut that you made since it's nice and low.
That one clipped itself for me.
Okay, we'll leave a few of those, and next I'm gonna add some pepper berry.
You can see some of it that came in the bundle is bright red and some is just a green.
So if it's important to you to have one or the other you might wanna just check with your wholesaler and see what stage it's in, or if it's in the stage where you could get either one (laughs).
Actually, I think I'm gonna wait to add this until I get a few more things in here.
Same thing with this willow eucalyptus.
Next I have some carnations.
I think these are great to use low in the arrangement.
And a dark color, it draws your eye in and gives the arrangement some depth.
And if your carnation comes and it's all tight and wound up like this, you can just kinda massage this section of it and fluff out the flower.
And as I put these in here, I'm just thinking about putting them in at different heights.
I want everything to be pretty low, but I don't want it to be one dimensional.
I don't want it to be so tight in there either that I can't get my other stems into the arrangement.
Next I'm gonna follow that with some roses.
And these are also gonna go nice and low in the arrangement.
This just adds another shape and another size to this layer.
And I'm gonna start working these roses up, out of this base line, just a little bit.
Just one step up.
And I'm gonna check in here on the side of my arrangement as well, 'cause I want there to be a little bit of that color popping through over there.
And this Lazy Susan is so helpful to keep you working around the arrangement rather than really focusing in on one side and then it becoming unbalanced which is something that you wanna avoid.
Just clipped out a little piece of that rose sumac that I felt like was in my way and obstructing the line a little bit, so feel free as you go along just to clip things out that you feel like aren't working for you.
Next I have some of this beautiful striped foliage.
Gosh this is my new favorite thing, and I wish I knew what it was called.
I'll have to look that up and put it in the email for you.
But I went to go look for the little tag and it seems that I tossed it out.
This is a house plant from just Lowe's hardware.
Sometimes I like to pop in there and see what kind of interesting house plants they have, just so I have some kind of interesting foliage on hand if I'm in a pinch or on the fly or just putting something together.
It's a way that you can really take things from ordinary to extraordinary by just having one of those really special ingredients.
So what do we have in here?
We have three wholesale ingredients that most people frown up, we have roses, carnations, this pittosporum.
But with the addition of the rose sumac, which is interesting and textural, and then this leaf, it really elevates it to another place and I think that you don't need to get too hung up on, you know, my wholesaler doesn't have all that much to choose from or that's interesting, but really all you need is that one thing and you can find one thing.
You never get real far when you're always wishing that you were somewhere else or that you had something else.
You really have to be content with what's in your space and make it work.
Okay, so I'm layering these in.
These are what I would call a framing flower.
And I love to use those to set off some of the larger focal flowers in the arrangement.
So I've layered those in there with that in mind, just areas that I'd like to have those focal flowers.
Next I'm gonna take, these are, believe it or not, these are Quicksand roses.
They look like Saharas.
I think they were maybe just, I don't know, cut a little bit earlier or just from a different grower.
I'm not sure, but they are definitely not the blushy pink that were anticipated but they look really lovely with amaryllis, so no worries there.
I have a few there.
I'm gonna balance it out with a few over here.
We've gotta lot of contrast between this cream and the red but we are gonna bridge the gap using the amaryllis here that we have, 'cause you can see how these are, this is what I would call a transition flower.
And you can see how this has both the red and the cream and it blends those two pieces together so beautifully.
Transition flowers are very important.
Wake up, little guy.
Okay, so the moment you've been waiting for, the amaryllis.
Got some cotton balls that I soaked with water.
And I'm going to take the cotton ball and put it in the stem of the amaryllis.
This makes a funny noise, wait for it.
(squishes) Uh, kinda gross (laughs).
And then I'm gonna clip the amaryllis stem to the place where it would hit the base of the floral foam.
So it's hydrated by the cotton, but it has the stem that can just easily pop right into that foam and be a very stable and secure hold, which is what we're after.
Amaryllis I would recommend purchasing.
The stems always come in better if you purchase them by the box, and boxes have about 15 to 18 stems in them normally.
But it's tough whenever the wholesaler, you know, if you just need a few and those are shipped to you, they just sometimes the stems get cracked and you have a hard time with those.
Now these are huge, so what I'm gonna do is clip out a few flowers here.
I actually think that I like how this little group here looks.
Just these two little ones.
I think we need to get it even shorter.
There we go.
And then some of these small ones that we tugged off we can set low in the arrangement.
Pop those right into the foam.
Let's leave these guys out for now.
Okay, next I'm gonna go in with some of these white Majolica spray roses.
Just kinda catch everything up to speed.
Let's just build this out one more layer.
And don't be shy to clip off some of the pieces of the spray roses if it's too full or getting in your way.
If that's not the look that you're going for, you can just clip those out.
Kinda like we did with the amaryllis so that it was the puzzle pieces is what we needed to fit into that particular spot.
And I have a few peachy spray roses.
I'm just gonna add those in.
Look how those connect with the amaryllis.
See like this right here, like this is too much for me personally.
So I'm just gonna tug those out for now.
I just wanna open that up and leave some more room for some of these other beautiful flowers to go.
I have these romantique antique garden roses.
These are gonna start low in the arrangement, and then I'm gonna bring that pink color out.
Not real pleased with this bunch that I got.
They aren't opening as nice as they have sometimes.
With roses sometimes they open really beautifully and then sometimes they don't, and a lot of people think that it's something that they did, that it's their fault that it's not opening, or whatever, but actually a lot of times it's when the flower was cut.
Maybe it was cut just a little bit too early, or just stressed in shipping, I mean there's so many things that happen in the lives of these flowers before they ever get near you, and so you could do the same thing over and over again in terms of how you treat them whenever they arrive to you but if you're getting different results, there's something else at play.
So just keep that in mind and don't get too ruffled up that you're doing something wrong.
They just like clean water and fresh cuts, little bit of food.
And then let's leave these guys out for now.
Let's just see, these are Prince Jardinier, really really pretty garden roses, and they smell amazing.
Those last ones were O'Hara's.
They're pretty Barbie pink.
I don't love love them for what I'm doing right now but they're okay, they'll work okay.
But I like how these look with the romantique antiques.
I got them as a transition flower to go between the two and they do, I mean, there are these really outside petals that have, if we can get a close-up of this, the really dark romantique antique pink and they have that little touch of burgundy on the ends of them and they have some of these lighter pink petals and then a medium pink.
But the tone is just slightly off for me.
But sometimes you have to work with slightly off and that's okay.
Nobody but you probably notices.
These just open so beautifully.
I just love, love, love.
And you have to give 'em time to open.
They need about four days to get looking really pretty.
Sometimes even a week.
Okay, so we just have that focal point anchored, pretty centered there.
And I think we need one more in here but I'm not sure if I wanna put it...
Just wanna see how that affects the other side.
Okay, I like that.
It carries this line throughout the center of the arrangement, which I like.
You know, what I don't like what's happening now can be solved with a little bit of greenery, and it's just that there's not softness between these layers so I wanna add some of that in with this willow.
Actually, let's use some berries for that.
I'm gonna do a little bit of willow here on the sides to soften this area.
And this is willow eucalyptus, just not like a willow tree.
Okay, and then let's see.
I think the answer might be some of these berries.
So you can snip that off and have a different size.
The nice thing too about this Oasis water mix that I like is that if you do have something that doesn't do well in Oasis and really needs to be in the water you have both options right there at your fingertips, which is great.
Oh, and I forgot to put my pomegranates in.
We can go back in and do that easy enough.
Another ingredient I love to soften up the flowers once they're in, is ivy.
You can use jasmine or other kinds of vines as well.
And I just like to wrap this kind of around the different flowers.
I really like the silhouette of how the front of this is looking with this low.
I like how that looks quite a lot.
So I think I'm gonna put these actually on the side over here with these burgundy roses.
And I just like, when I'm doing fruits, I like pairs of them.
And one that's a little bit smaller than the other.
I think that that helps.
(hums) A few little ranunculus here that could be sweet up this area.
And then some scabiosa which are fun for a little bit of movement up higher.
We need to put something low in here.
I don't like how that just is open, so I'm gonna tuck one of these down in there pretty deep.
Same with this guy here.
He's gonna, if we can get a close up of this, I had just like an exposed branch cutting here so I'm just kind of tidy that up.
I think we are done.
Let me clear this off so you can get a good look at the finished piece and I wish you all the best as you're working on your flower arrangements and putting some beautiful things together for your clients.
So it was great to have you with us today and I hope you enjoyed this lesson.