The Ranunculus, which is often mispronounced and misidentified, is one of my favorite flowers. It is primarily available 6 months of the year, December- March and comes in various colors including white, purple, pink, red, burgundy, orange and yellow.
What I love the most about this flower is that every stem is different, it is incredibly rare to find two identical stems. You may buy "red ranunculus" however when each bloom opens, it's a mini surprise, maybe a little darker, maybe a little more orange than the one next to it. But that is the beauty of it no? The above picture is an arrangement we created for Versace, about sixty stems in an 8x10 black ceramic vase.
Ranunculus is also sometimes referred to as Persian Buttercup or Rununculus and usually lasts about 4 days. When Versace asked us to fill this antique vase that was from Gianni Versace's private collection with a beautiful red flower we immediately dialed our farmer in Holland. For this particular case, I left some natural greens and unopened buds to separate the blooms and to create depth. Two pictures of the final product below and more can be found in our Gallery.
This past December, In Bloom New York had the pleasure of working on an exciting holiday party at a Soho Residence. The gracious host had requested a decorated tree, a large table display and a few arrangements throughout the apartment. To our delight, his only specification was to use all white.
Our team of designers began sketching ideas for the tree. We knew that we we wanted something different, monochromatic and avant garde to keep consistent with the design of the apartment. These beautiful birds found at Bergdorf Good inspired us all and lead the design of the event.
We decked the tree with all silver, white and mercury ornaments of different sizes and design to bring texture to the tree. To make the tree appear full, we added silk silver magnolia flowers as well as over fifty stems of fresh white hydrangeas (use green tubes filled with water to keep flowers hydrated or allow to dry naturally). For a touch of elegance and a small pop of color, we added small gold Fabrege eggs with ruby colored crystals.
To complete, we created a "birds nest" at the top of the tree using white birch branches. Instead of the traditional tree topper, we placed a large bird perched in his nest and used silver lame fabric purchased at Mood Fabrics as the tree skirt.
The idea for the main table installation was to separate the all white arrangements by using various types of flowers and vases to create texture and depth. The table was anchored by a centered tall white birch arrangement with numerous arrangements on both sides. Pussy willow served as the "runner" for the table and broke up the vases nicely. White hydrangeas, tulips, lisianthus, vanda orchids, peonies, calla lilies, ranunculus, hyacinths, and amaryllis were arranged in different sizes of glass and mercury vases.
Small silver birds were topped the arrangements and tied the theme together.
The use of a single type of flower in each vase accentuated the difference between the blooms and was very dramatic.
We completed our Lush Winter Wonderland with a few arrangements of peonies, amaryllis, and tulips scattered throughout the apartment and bathrooms.
For additional photos of the event, please check our Gallery.