Birds of Paradise: A Simple and Stunning Arrangement

I have always had an affinity for Birds of Paradise flowers.  Their long angular stems paired with the orange and blue-tinted tropical blossom have made them a favorite of mine.  Last week, in my local supermarket floral section, I found birds of paradise packaged with tropical leaves.    Since I wanted to stick to the color family of the birds of paradise, I was delighted to find blue thistle.  The star-shaped blue thistle flowers are the perfect counterpoint for the birds of paradise, bringing out the subtle blue in the birds of paradise flower.

I find it easiest to use a narrow-necked vase to arrange flowers when I don’t have many filler flowers.   I selected a small vase with a narrow-neck and started with my largest blossoms.  I then added the thistle flowers, adding one stem at a time. Finally, I curled the longest leaf and added both leaves to the arrangement.

Voila!

birds of paradise supplies

 

SUPPLIES

Birds of Paradise (2 stems)
Blue Thistle or any blue filler flower (3 stems)
1-2 large green leaves
Narrow neck vase
Pruning shears

birds of paradise arrangement kitchen

INSTRUCTIONS
Cut stems of Birds of Paradise 2 and 3 inches longer than height of vase.
Cut stems of Thistle or filler 1 inch longer than height of vase.

birds of paradise curled leaf

Curl large leaf by gently bending leaf and securing with a twist tie or floral tape.
Arrange the two birds of paradise in the vase facing opposite ways. One stem should be 1 to 2 inches taller than the other.
Trim thistle and arrange around birds of paradise, twisting stem so that flowers point outward.
Arrange leaves in the vase.

 

birds of paradise arrangement outside

Voila!

 

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