DIY: Winter Romance in a Silver Brunia Bouquet by

Issue 6 · Love Is a Rose · February 10, 2014

DIY: Winter Romance in a Silver Brunia Bouquet

Issue 6 · Love Is a Rose · February 10, 2014

Recently, while browsing around my favorite florist shop, I noticed a clump of rare blooms dusted in a wintry heather gray. I picked one up. "Silver brunia," the floral expert informed. "Aren't they lovely?"

"Yes," I agreed as I reached for a blushing hydrangea nearby. "And what about this unusual cocoa-pink Queen Anne's Lace?'

"It's called 'Chocolate,'" she said. I smiled, and thus my Valentine's Day bouquet was born.

Photographs by Justine Hand.

Winter Romance Bouquet, with Silver Brunia, pink hydrangeas, Gardenista

Above: Taking advantage of the wide selection of unusual plants at Winston Flowers in Boston, I selected wintry hues and textures for my "homage to winter" Valentine's bouquet—adding just a touch of pink, of course.

Winter Romance, Silver Brunia, Gardenista

Above: Though it reminds me of a snow-covered evergreen forest, Silver Brunia Nodiflora is actually native to South Africa. Available for purchase online at McMinnville Wholesale Flowers; $14.95.

winter romance, false cypress and David Austen roses, Gardenista

Above: Creamy David Austen roses (which have an intoxicating smell) and false cypress also embodied the feel of the winter woods.

Winter Romance, Silver Brunia Bouquet, pink hydrangea and chocolate queen annes lace, Gardenista

Above: To soften the spikier aspects of my arrangement and to add a bit of Victorian- era romance, I chose the soft, snowflake forms of pink hydrangeas and chocolate Queen Anne's Lace.

Winter Romance, Silver Brunia Bouquet, assembly, Gardenista

Above: Brunia does not require any special treatment, but as with all woody stemmed flowers, a long diagonal cut will allow it to draw more water. (This is also recommended for the hydrangeas and roses.)

Winter Romance bouquet with Silver Brunia, finished, Gardenista

Above: So as not to obscure the dynamic forms of the flowers—and to capture something of a wild feel—I left my winter romance bouquet loose and a little unruly.

Winter Romance, Silver Brunia Bouquet detail, Gardenista

Above: The heathered tint and ball-like structure of the silver brunia lend an enticing texture and contrast to the bouquet.

Winter Romance bouquet with Silver Brunia, long view, Gardenista

Above: A bit of hanging cypress and a reindeer antler found by my stepfather on the Alaskan tundra complete my wintry scene. 

Winter Romance bouquet with Silver Brunia, close, Gardenista

Above: With fresh water everyday, my bouquet should see me through to Valentine's Day.

N.B. Want something more classic for Valentine's Day? Lindsey's find, the Bouqs Company's Roses are among the best I've ever seen. Or if my winter romance arrangement is too traditional, try Janet's look featured in The Un-Pink Bouquet.



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