Tropical Influence …Floral Friday

The bold colors and large size of many tropical flowers have broad appeal to people who enjoy decorative flowers and plants. In addition, these qualities lend themselves to use in modern and contemporary arrangements. Tropical flowers bridge the ages from prehistoric to contemporary. I can imagine some varieties growing during the age of the dinosaurs.

I sorted through my selection of faux tropical flowers this week, then determined which blooms work best with containers I had in rotation to be used next. Then, I brought out a pair of electrician’s pliers so I could cut the stems to size.

The contemporary glass flask vase’s simplicity inspired the use of complimentary and contrasting floral elements for this trio arrangement.

A 1940s vintage clear glass swung vase supports an impressive mono-color solitaire that dominates where it is placed.

A cylindrical Japanese ceramic vase contains a complex arrangement of reds. They are complimented with an equally complex assortment of greenery elements.

The clean, efficient, industrial appearance of stainless steel becomes less harsh with the addition of a single bird of paradise flower. It is keeping watch over the desk as I describe this solitaire arrangement.


The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes the painter Henri Matisse. “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”

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2 Responses to Tropical Influence …Floral Friday

  1. I wonder what flowers looked like back when dinosaurs roamed. Ditto for trees and other flora. Recognizable, I suppose, but probably very different.

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