Following my obsession with Brittany’s over sized paper flower bouquet, I decided I would see what oversized flowers Mother nature has given us in case I still wanted to go with the same idea but using a real bloom ( I cant help it, I am a sucker for fresh flowers!)
Make way for the King Protea!
This stunning flower is originally from Cape Town South Africa and can get to 12 inches across…no wonder it is their national flower!
In the home they could be used as clean and simply as this arrrangement above and they have the strength to be a stand alone flower, which is my definite preference with the King Protea. However I dont mind them being featured in arrangements if used appropriately.
I would have put this arrangement in a taller vase and I think it would work just as well in a clear vase as the grey one. A blue vase would be appropriate for a more daring space (and client!) but would look awesome
The colour palette of this bloom is divine, it is sturdy and will NEVER go unnoticed! Which makes it a perfect wedding flower for those searching for something very different. Once again, my preference is for them to be used solo. I find them way too dominant and harsh mixed with other flowers…. but alone? MmmmMMMMmmm!!
My inspiration pictures start with a wedding from the lovely city of Melbourne.. in my opinion the king protea is a perfect flower for a an Australian wedding and really adds a rustic vibe to the whole occasion. The pink is soft and girlie but the structure of this flower keeps the wedding from falling into sugar sweet land. I found the wedding via polkadotbride but the masterminds behind this amazing creation is glasshaus nursery.
image from Dellables
This beauty can be harvested most of the year with peak seasons in Australia during Spring, Summer and Autumn.