Lilies: Oriental and Asiatic

Oriental Lilies and Asiatic Lilies

Lilies or Liliums as they are known in the local Indian flower market are truly great flowers and their form, bloom season and graceful appearance have their own beauty and elegance. Lilies are in various colors and in different forms which may not be noticeable to the layman but there are different grades and textures of these beautiful flowers. Lilies are tall star shaped flowers that give elegance and height to any flower garden or for any bouquet for that matter.

Stargazer is one of the famous hybrid lily from the Oriental group of lilies that are known for the fragrance and large star like appearance. They are flowers that have a very fast growth rate and can grow up to 36 inches and bloom 4 – 5 bulbs per stem. The most striking feature of these lilies are that they are dotted with red freckles in the center and phase out towards more whitish towards the outer edges.

Another variety of Oriental Lilies are the pure white ones which do have small dotted white spots which may not be very visible.

Lilies grow best in containers. They come in different heights and sizes and can be planted individually or along with other plants. They look beautiful on wooden decks and patio’s and can instantly beautiful anyone’s garden or deck instantly.

Lilies come in two major different forms i.e. Asiatic and Oriental. The best way to tell them apart is by their blooms and their fragrance.  Oriental have a strong fragrance while Asiatic have no fragrance at all. Oriental lilies can instantly fill a room with a strong spicy fragrance especially in closed air conditioned rooms or office spaces.

These two also differ in their shapes and their placement on the stems. Both of them have a roundish shape but oriental lilies will have a more wrinkly edge and Asiatic will have a more smooth edge on their petals. Asiatic usually look like an upside down umbrella and usually grow one bloom per stem. Oriental will have a more starfish shape and will have multiple blooms per stem.

From a more technical point of view the Asiatic have a more whitish bulb growth whereas Orientals have more of a yellowish color bulb growth.  Leaf shape on the oriental will be more larger and wider tapered where as on Asiatic will be small and thin and in bunches.

Asiatic lilies come in more colors than Oriental in Indian markets. However both these flowers have their distinctive charm and can add a stunning effect to any flower bouquet be it a hand bunch or a vase bouquet with just lilies or a basket bouquet for that matter. Oriental lilies will definitely last longer than Asiatic ones provided they are cared for.

We at May Flower use more of Oriental Lilies as they are our favorite but do use Asiatic as well as per the season of their availability.

How to Arrange Flowers in a Vase

How to arrange flowers in a Vase

Florists make flower arranging look so easy but trying to arrange flowers with no previous skills or experience isn’t quite so simple.

Like everything in life, there are certain basic steps and rules to the art of flower arranging. It is much more than just throwing a whole lot of blooms together.
Design an arrangement with an end in mind:  to serve a specific purpose,  convey a message and create a mood.

Wedding flowers are different to Christmas flowers for example.The many aspects of flower arranging are accomplished through the perfect selection of variety and color of flowers, the style of the arrangement and even the choice of vase.

Here are a few tips on how to arrange flowers for maximum impact.

How to Arrange Flowers – Step By Step

Decide on the purpose of the flower arrangement and the effect you want to create.

Knowing this will naturally determine the type of flowers required and the size and shape of the vase that you will need.

Become a proficient floral designer and learn how to arrange flowers with the use of the best flowers for each occasion along with the perfect container.

Having selected your flowers and vase, what tools will you need?

The correct tools such as secateurs, knife, scissors, pencil, foam, plant food/water enhancer and ribbons are essential equipment for good flower arranging.
Knowing what tools are required is just as important as knowing what flowers to use and makes the task so much easier and enjoyable.Ensure you have a definite end in mind and a detailed plan on how to achieve this. Being ill prepared will only lead to disappointment.Making sure that you have all the necessary and right tools will go a long way to ensuring a perfect flower arrangement.

General steps to assembling your arrangement (specific design may differ)

Put about 2 – 3 inches of treated water in the vase. You can top it up later if you need to.
Start with your supporting flowers (usually the greenery) Trim the length of each stem to the required length.When using foam as a plant support trim to the desire length
Always cut the stem at an angle to cut create more surface area for the water to be absorbed through.
Trim any foliage off so that only the stem is exposed to the the water. Any leaves in contact with the water will encourage bacterial growth and reduce the lifespan of your arrangement.
Place your supporting flowers in the vase working from the outside edge back towards the middle
Have the foliage facing the viewer – not facing inwards and leave enough room for your feature flowers.
Next cut your tallest flowers so that the finished height will have them touching the bottom of the vase as well (not applicable with foam).
As a rule of thumb these should not exceed one and a half times the height of the vase (remember that it is a rule of thumb and not set in concrete).
Work with an odd number of flowers.  For example: one or three tall ones – this seems to be in harmony with nature and works well.
Place these in between the supporting foliage.
These taller stemmed flowers should be in the center of the overall arrangement and should face out.
Finally insert your filler length plants between the taller and supporting foliage.
Sticking with the odd number rule for each layer as you use shorter plants. If you have one feature length flower use 3 intermediate length ones and 5 if you have 3 long stemmed center blooms.
The result should be a balanced arrangement that is fuller on the outside, lower edges that naturally tapers up to highlight the taller feature blooms.

Flower Arrangements for Various Occasions

Flower arrangements differ depending on the occasion and the setting.Centerpiece arrangements, such as for a dinner, require a low circular or long horizontal design in a low vase or container, and are placed in the middle of the table. It is important not to use a high flower arrangement so as to avoid the guests not being able to see and talk to each other. If the flowers will be used as a feature centerpiece in a room, choose large, colorful and long-stemmed flowers such as lilies, roses and sunflowers as a focal point. Place them in a tall vase and add small flowers and fresh leaves to balance out the arrangement.

Flowers given during romantic occasions such as Valentine’s Day or anniversaries are usually arranged in a bouquet or a box. Popular choices are long stemmed roses in a box, or a dozen fresh flowers arranged in a bouquet.
When arranging bouquets, the same principles apply as a vase with the most vivid blossoms at the center and the flowers with smaller blooms on the outside.
This article is inspired by some web clippings and articles found online that portray how to make a beautiful and elegant bouquet at home.
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