Sandersonia, Explored

I just love this stuff.  The other month it was Monkshood, now it’s Sandersonia- two bright line element flowers with sort of hollow, 3D forms.    It reminds me of a softer, more dainty Chinese Lantern.

The Sandersonia I bought recently was imported from New Zealand, and it was $16 for 10 stems (ouch!) but it’s too late…I’m hooked! ; ) I also found out that Oregon’s Z Calla (who has a booth at the LA Flower Market) grows it and has it available in June and July.    Here in the states, one florist who seems to be using it regularly is none other than Francoise Weeks.  She has used it in a lot of delightful centerpieces where the Sandersonia forms a tall central element, and is encircled by a low layer of flowers.

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But I think I almost like Sandersonia better when it’s taken out of it’s line element form, and used just a piece at a time, tucked in with other flowers.  All three of these arrangements are also by Francoise:

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And here’s a similar Spring wreath arrangement – this is by UK’s master florist Matthew Dickinson.  It was shown at the RHS Chelsea Flower show in 2011, and I’m SO envious that they have this amazing show there each year. The great thing about this Sandersonia post is that I was exposed to not one but two GREAT international floral blogs through searching for these images! This one is from a post on Flowerona, a blog by British blogger Rhona Wheeldon – it’s sort of what Floret Cadet aspires to be someday! She takes workshops, interviews and profiles high profile UK florists, and attends every flower and gift show under the sun, all the while posting abundant pictures that make you feel like you were there.  Through her blog, I also discovered some amazing artists and illustrators who do floral themed work, like Katie Vernon and Sarah Caswell.   Do yourself a favor and check out her blog if you’re not already familiar…

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Which brings me to the second fabulous international blog that I discovered through these searches- My Fleur Journey, by a Hong Kong based floral designer in a very similar boat as me (well, two steps ahead of me)- Yvonne recently quit her legal job to travel the globe taking world-class floral workshops for a few months, and is now back and about to launch her business officially.   She has posted some AMAZING preview pics of her travels, with detailed posts about each location to come.  She attended a litany of workshops and shows that I only dream about – the Jane Packer Flower School in London, the floor of the Aalsmeer Flower Auction, the list goes on and on!

Before her travels, she’d been doing really high class floral arrangements for engagementsweddings, and other special occasions for some time.  She is truly talented.    They also seem to get *amazing* flowers in Hong Kong, many imported from Japan, a country that is really innovating with varieties.

Anyhow, check out these super cool arrangements that she made using Sandersonia! It’s just so whimsical and delicate.

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This lovely tablescape was designed by Linda & Harriett for Bride’s Magazine, and it features none other than Sandersonia…I love it in monobotanical vase arrangements – simple and stunning:

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And here it is again peeking out of a sweet pitcher arrangement by The Treasured Petal, which is sadly now defunct:

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And another big statement making tablescape, from Amy Burke Designs.  Sandersonia looks so great with those warm colors, and Spring flowers:

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This awesome presentation bouquet was on Martha Stewart – really exotic!

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And doesn’t Sandersonia make a sweet bout?! I have to try this! This is a stock photo from Africa’s Gallo Images, but a great one!

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