A pink and white Camellia design with Eucalyptus, Yellow Calla and Ranunculas

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Today I have a floral design for Liane! It uses pink & white camellias with eucalyptus, yellow calla and ranunculas. I also have a few tips on using primary colours with pastel colours & how to blend them all together.

I received a request from Liane who lives in Brooklyn, New York asking if I could share how to display the above flowers. She didn’t want to cut any of the stems and the design is to be placed into a 10” high white jug which is 8” across. The counter where the completed design is to reign is only 18” wide and there will be a mirror behind flowers.

Liane wasn’t sure if the bright sunshine yellow calla would work in with the pinks and whites of the camellia or was, she best to stick with the lemony ranunculas. Well after looking at the combinations, I say YES to both. The stamens of the camellia are spring yellow and I always take colour lessons and tips offered up by Nature. Although the flowers aren’t real, the yellow centres are what Nature naturally produces, and works in beautifully with the yellow calla giving a bright vibrancy to the completed design.

However, if you are stuck and unsure, the mellow muted tones of the ranunculas give a wonderful softening effect connecting the bright yellow.

TIP: when using bright primary colours like red, yellow or blue. The strength of the primary needs to be diffused with something large, medium and small in form along with shades tones and tints of that primary colour. Simply broken down, the primary component is the
large bright bold yellow calla, softened, diffused and broken up thanks to the yellow filament lines in the stamens found in the camellias, blended out nicely with the muted softening tones of the rounded buttery lemon ranunculas.

Design tip for construction when flowers are being place in front of a mirror – simply remember to ensure that the front is similar to the back or mirrors the front placements.

The general rule of thumb for actual and visual balance when designing with flowers is to always remember the length of stems should be 1 & ½ times the height or width of the container, whichever is the greater.

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