Gorgeous Easy Bird Of Paradise Floral Bouquet ~ It is easy to make a gorgeous bouquet using the THRILLER, SPILLER AND FILLER floral design strategy!
I have been in Australia for the past couple of weeks staying with and visiting my oldest daughter. She has been living here for the past four years attending medical school and is almost completed the program. #proudparentmoment
While she is busy during the day I have been taking care of the house cleaning and other jobs and errands as well as doing all of the cooking and grocery shopping. My day is also filled with helping out with the cooking and cleaning, working on the blog and going for long walks along the beach.
The perimeter of her yard is filled with several plants that produce one of my most favourite flowers. They definitely will not grow where I live outdoors. It does not do very well trying to grow it indoors either so I am thrilled to see it grow and thrive where I am staying. The flower this plant produces is the Bird Of Paradise.
I love this flower because it is so unique and it really does remind me of an exotic tropical bird. I also can’t think of too many flowers except for the Bleeding Heart that has several parts to it that are each different colours. The difference is that the Bleeding Heart has pinks and whites but the The Bird Of Paradise flower has many more interesting colours. The bright orange, interesting dark blue/purple, burgundy red and different tones of green give the Bird Of Paradise its stunning appearance. It is also a sturdy flower because the stem has a very thick round diameter. That makes it a little tricky to cut but very easy to work with when designing a floral bouquet or arrangement.
I was intrigued and motivated to cut some of the Bird Of Paradise flowers growing in the yard and do something with them. There were so many so I did not feel too guilty. I decided to make a floral bouquet so we could also enjoy these flowers indoors.
I learned a long time ago through the Horticulture Club I belong to about a really easy floral design strategy. It is a very helpful guideline to follow for the non-professional, hobbyist and DIY person like myself. It is the THRILLER, FILLER, and SPILLER strategy that I have used many times when making my outdoor planters I invite you to check out 5-Step Instructions:How To Design A Christmas Outdoor Floral Arrangement and How To Make A Fall Floral Outdoor Arrangement to see how I create gorgeous planters using primarily silk flowers.
The THRILLER is the middle part of the bouquet or arrangement. It is the part that and stands out and is taller. It can be made from tall floral branches, greenery or flowers.
The FILLER is what fills the rest of the bouquet or arrangement. I typically use more flowers and/or greenery. It also provides some layering and depth to the floral bouquet or arrangement.
The SPILLER consists of plants that spill over the container. I have used flowers, green trailing plants and even some embellishments as my SPILLERS. It adds interest and more layering to the bouquet or arrangement.
When deciding how to create this gorgeous easy Bird Of Paradise Floral Bouquet I only wanted to use items that I could find in my daughter’s house. I did not want to buy anything and nor did I have to! Let’s see how I created a…
Gorgeous Easy Bird Of Paradise Floral Bouquet
The only vase I could find and use in the cupboard was a tall square shape. This option turned out to be a really good one!
The green spike like leaves you see in the middle are snipped from the palms of some of the Palm Trees growing in the yard.
The four large green leaves you see inserted on each side of the vase were cut from the Bird Of Paradise plant. I love how the leaves give the bouquet a nice finished look!
I decided to position one Bird Of Paradise flower in each corner of the vase. I love how each flower points out in a different direction from the center. This bouquet can be enjoyed for every side.
Technically the Bird Of Paradise flowers are not really ‘spilling’… but they are jutting out over the vase. Another floral design element you can call me on is that I created the bouquet with an even number of flowers. Typically a professional floral designer will work with an odd number of similar flowers. This design concept is considered more in harmony with nature.
I tried just using three Bird Of Paradise flowers but it just didn’t work with a square shaped vase. I think it still turned out to be quite a gorgeous floral bouquet!
I know I have a number of followers and visitors to this blog from Australia. You are so fortunate to live in a climate where these gorgeous flowers grow and bloom all year long. You can have this floral bouquet using Palm Tree leaves and Bird Of Paradise flowers and leaves perpetually in your home! All you have to do is change the water and replace flowers and leaves as they die off.
I placed it on the kitchen table and it certainly adds a pop of colour to the living area! If you look carefully through the window you will see one of the Bird Of Paradise plants growing in the yard that has not yet started to bloom. Apparently it takes a Bird Of Paradise plant to grow 4-5 years before it will bloom.
Here is another closeup of this gorgeous Bird Of Paradise flower. Yes, that is a pool you see in the background. But it is what is known as a ‘plunge pool’. I would say it is the size of about four hot tubs. We have hot tubs in our backyards to relax and warm up in on chilly winter days. In Australia on the Sunshine Coast they have ‘plunge pools’ to jump into and cool off on really hot days.
As I am writing this I am thinking what leaves and flowers I can use from my garden to design a floral bouquet using the same THRILLER, FILLER and SPILLER strategy. The first thing I am going to do is look for a square shaped vase. I grow tall Irises that have spike like leaves. I could maybe do something with my Day Lilies, Delphiniums and I grow tall ornamental grasses. But I am quite stumped as to what I can use for the large leaves since the only garden plants that I have are Rhubarb and Hostas. What’s Blooming In My Garden In June and What Bloomed In My Garden In July showcase some of the perennials growing happily and healthily in my garden.
What are your thoughts and experiences with the Bird Of Paradise flower? Can you think of other flowers and leaves that will work creating a floral bouquet like this one that you grow in your garden?
Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you are inspired!
Till next time,