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Fresh Winter Flowers for Everyday Entertaining

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Floral designer Kiana Underwood of San Francisco-based Tulipina recently put together a fresh bouquet of winter flowers, with a soft palette inspired by our Tuscan Urn.

Instead of standard poinsettas or evergreen branches, Underwood used amaryllis as the centerpiece for her design.  These winter-flowering bulbs have beautiful, showy flowers in a variety of colors. Underwood chose a warm white amaryllis at her local flower market. Autumn foliage, eucalyptus and other seasonal foliage makes the arrangement feel appropriate for the holidays, despite the muted colors.

Photo credit: N. Underwood

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Here’s what you’ll need to recreate Underwood’s lovely holiday display:

  • 2 to 3 strands of amaryllis
  • several stems of euphorbia
  • a few soft colored roses
  • a small bunch of ranunculus
  • eucalyptus and autumn foliage as fillers

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  1. Place eucalpytus and other autumn foliage in the urn first.

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2. Add your euphorbia, layering different heights.

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3. Add a bit of color with some roses. Make sure they’re visible within the existing arrangement. Underwood used a subtle green-eyed yellow rose from Torchio Nursery’s booth at the San Francisco Flower Mart.

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4. Add the ranunculus to balance out the display.

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5. Lastly, add the amaryllis. Underwood only used two stems, but since each stem has 3 to 4 flowers, it filled up the vase nicely.

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Voila! The result is a holiday flower display that can be kept out all season and still feels subtly festive without using red and green.

Tell us: What flowers do you like to put on display during the holiday season?

See more inspiring flower displays on our Beautiful Blooms Pinterest board.