I want flowers for Christmas
A few quick floral tips from the lovely and talented Bruno Duarte of Fresh Floral Creations.
If you haven’t visited his little jewel box shop on Danforth, you should. It may
just be the Platonic Ideal or a floral shop.
If you can't get down there, you can at least drink a few drops from the font of his floral wisdom. Here it is:
Line vases with a leaf to cover stems; Duarte likes dark brown Thai leaves.
Keep topping up water, but don’t add powders — they’re mostly sugar and can cause bacteria that contributes to rot.
Work with a maximum of three colours.
Stay away from too much glitter (however tempting it may be).
For something different and striking, cut Amaryllis, and hang them upside down. Gather the stems loosely but firmly with a floral wire and fill the stems, which are hollow, with water. Suspend from a hanging light fixture. (And if you can’t figure out how to do that, call Duarte – Editor)
Want to switch it up for New Year’s Eve? Go with white, says Duarte. “You will have been bombarded with red and other colours. White will be fresh and clean, just like the new year.”