Extract from House & Garden online...
"In the first in her series on flower arranging at home, our new online columnist and florist extraordinaire Philippa Craddock, shares the recipe for a vibrant yellow bouquet.
Yellow has always been the spokes-colour for friendship and happiness. History books refer to its positivity, its association with the sun and life-giving warmth, and both western and eastern cultures talk of the optimism yellow imbibes - a combination of joy, wisdom and power.
The runways during London Fashion Week were studded with incredible yellow designs, including collections from Orla Kiely, Eudon Choi, Burberry Prorsum, Holly Fulton and Lucas Nascimento. The Brazilian-born designer, combined raw edges, canary yellow double-faced silks and draped knitted jacquards, bringing a sense of lightness and effortless elegance. During Orla's theatrical show, flower power reigned with pastel powdered yellows and live painting from Californian artist Alia Penner.
Lucas Nascimento A/W 15
Orla Kiely A/W 15
Dolce & Gabbana A/W 15
Inspired by their use of colour and texture, we created this bunch of seasonal happiness - bundles of scented mimosa, delicate ranunculus and country daises, to be rustled loosely together in a fabulous earthenware jug.
When we posted this spring yellow bouquet on Instagram, it became our fastest liked image to date. Here's how to do it at home.
TO RECREATE THIS EXACT DESIGN, YOU WILL NEED:
BUILDING THE BOUQUET:
Place your first flower into the palm of your non-writing hand, holding it steady with your thumb and forefinger. Select an alternative bloom/foliage stem and place on top and at a very slight angle with stem pointing away from you. Repeat, placing each stem at the same angle and slightly lower each time to form the dome. Turn the stems as you go using your opposite hand, and in doing so you will start to create a natural spiral. Once satisfied with the shape, secure with natural twine and cut the stems to fit your fabulous earthenware jug - the stems should reach the bottom and the blooms should just touch the lip of the jug.
Flower food is great, if you don't have any, replace the water every day to stop the build up of bacteria which shortens the vase life of your cut flowers. Always cut each stem, both soft and woody, at a sharp angle to increase the surface area (great for water absorption). Never bash/hammer woody stems, this is a quick fire way to encourage bacteria build up!"