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Wabara roses and berry tones


I remember having a really long phase when I massively disliked pink in florals. I’ll still cringe if you talk to me about fuschia as a main color. But something about this autumn and the re-emergence of color throughout the mainstream flower world has had me craving deep berry tones, burgundies, peachy oranges and yes, even flat out pink to bring it all together. I was so excited to make such an amazing find at the wholesaler’s – these absolutely delicious, pink-peach-yellow Linda’s Baby dahlias that I’d never seen available here before (and haven’t seen since – please give us more!). The color palette within this flower is just stunning and adds so much depth, tone and movement to an arrangement even on its own. Using tonal materials like this is the best way to really work a color palette to the max (check out the amazing gradient color also in the crocosmia seed heads).

I mainly made this arrangement using materials left over from a corporate client, as part of my brief affair with the floral frog that I last wrote about. I also finally got a chance to test out these new luxurious garden roses.



These roses are Japanese Wabara (this exact one is called Sola, which is a spray rose and ranges in colour a bit like Cafe Lattes) – this sort of vintagey, coppery, glowy and warm shade of pink is one that I’m willing to get behind. I’ve been eyeing these babies for a while, but hot dang – they do cost an arm and a leg, so I’m not exactly predicting a bestseller here. Unfortunately so, as I was super impressed with how hardy these turned out to be (they’d be great for small personals, ie. bouts and crowns/combs). But for a little something special these really go a long way.


Flower Recipe


Wabara Sola roses

Pale pink winterberry branches

Black viburnum berries

Actea leaf

Linda’s Baby dahlias

Crocosmia seed heads

Warrior Panicum

Toad lilies (tricyrtis)

Penstemon seed pods


The recipe says ‘actea leaf’ – singular, literally. My entire bunch apart from one stem died on me and I wasn’t able to get any more, as apparently none of the actea available through Holland are lasting right now. You need to really squint to find it in the arrangement, but sometimes even one stem can go a long way. :)



I first shot this arrangement in full daylight, then left it to wait – and was rewarded with this dappling warm sunlight just before night fell. We’re starting to lose both natural greens (farewell, foraged greenery) and natural light as winter approaches here in the North. I don’t do that well with the dark season – as it’s getting closer I’m starting to feel a bit of the autumn blues. But thanks to ingredients like this I’m learning to feel the autumn pinks too.


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