In a Tall Blue and White Pitcher

Orchids and Lilies

Orchids and Lilies

What you need:

  • 1 stem yellow Cymbidium Orchid (cut about 18 inches)
  • 3 stems orange Lilies ( cut 2 at 18 inches, cut 1 at 16 1/2 inches for the back)
  • 1 Pincushion Protea flower stem (cut about 13 1/2 inches)
  • 1 green Anthurium stem (cut about 14 1/2 inches)
  • 1 tall blue and white vase (this one is 11.75 inches high, hand painted, from Anthropologie.)
  • one 1/4 inch Diam. Bamboo stick
  • piece of raffia

Steps: 6

Cost:  About $20 - $25 for flowers unless you grow the orchids in your yard

 

Rated: Easy Arrangement

Tall blue and white ceramics are great for flower arrangements.  In this case we will be using exotics: Cymbidiums, Lilies, Pincushion Protea flowers, and Anthurium leaf for a simple arrangement.

Cymbidium Orchids come from a genus of 52 evergreen species.  They are in the family of Orchidaceae and grow wild in the high altitudes of the Himalayas.  People in California can grow them in their front yards.  The name cymbidium comes from the Latin 'cymba' and means boat.  The Latin name for Lily is 'Lilium bulbiferum' the last word meaning 'bulb' (they have bulbs on the secondary stem).  They grow naturally in Europe in high meadows.  Anthuriums are native to the Americas from Mexico to Argentina.  The Pincushion Protea flower is native to Zimbabwe and South Africa.  Thus you have your 'exotics'.  If you are ready, this is easy. 

Here, this will help you to identify the flowers.

Here, this will help you to identify the flowers.

Fill pitcher with water to 2 inches below the top.

Fill pitcher with water to 2 inches below the top.

Snip bottom of stem.  Tie orchid stem to bamboo pole with two knots.

Snip bottom of stem.  Tie orchid stem to bamboo pole with two knots.

Snip close.

Snip close.

Put yellow orchid in vase coming out at an angle.

Put yellow orchid in vase coming out at an angle.

Put two orange lilies on right at an angel to the right.

Put two orange lilies on right at an angel to the right.

Add the green Anthurium to the lower right.

Add the green Anthurium to the lower right.

BACK:  Add 16 1/2 inch orange lily to center back and Pincushion Protea to side.

BACK:  Add 16 1/2 inch orange lily to center back and Pincushion Protea to side.

Orchids are fragrant and are long lasting.

Orchids are fragrant and are long lasting.

These lilies add a splash of color.

These lilies add a splash of color.

The yellow is like sunshine.

The yellow is like sunshine.

These exotics have beautiful color.

These exotics have beautiful color.

You are done.  Enjoy!

You are done.  Enjoy!