Q&A with Natalie De Cent of Magnolia Flowers
Soft pink Hyacinth, pink Snapdragons, Sweet Avalanche Roses and Thryptomene Calycina. Spring is the most fragrant season of all seasons in the cut flower industry. I chose Hyacinth for the sweet smell of spring and beautiful locally grown garden Roses for their fullness and beauty.
Your top-tips to novice-florists arranging flowers at home?
Always make sure when buying your flowers that the quality is high and most of all fresh. Select colours, textures and fragrance that grab your attention.
How can people keep their cut flowers looking good longer?
When buying flowers get them home as soon as possible and into water. Flowers do not like to be out of water for too long. Always make sure your water and vases are clean – changing the water every day. You won’t believe what a difference it makes!
When buying fresh flowers, what should shoppers look for?
A good general rule when buying flowers is to have a look at the foliage on the stems, if its fresh it should be lush and green not brown or yellow. Depending on the flower type, blooms should be closed but starting to open slightly. Most importantly flowers do not like to be out of water for long period of time. Always, when out shopping, leave the flowers untill last and buy them just before you are about to get home.
Apart from looking good, what are the benefits of having flowers in the home?
Flowers add colour, fragrance, life and happiness into your home.
What are the best flowers to buy for longevity of bloom?
Having such a warm climate here in Brisbane, I find the best value in vase life would be lilies, sunflowers, disbuds, native wild flowers, ornamental kale, berries, orchids and helliconias.
What are the best flowers to buy for beautiful scent?
Tuberose’s also known as Polianthes Tuberosa. My absolute favorite! They are Mainly used in the production for perfumes. There is nothing like the Tuberose. Heavenly!
Your favourite Spring bloom?
Foxglove, Snapdragons, Poppies, Tulips, Sweet Pea, Early Cheer and Lemon Myrtle foliage list goes on.. All of them!
How did you fall in love with flowers?
I’ve always from a young age loved the garden and been a bit of a green thumb. My first serious job started in a Florist when I was 17. Here I am 13 years later and I just love being a Florist it keeps getting better and better every year.