Tutorial: Tropical Nouveau Driftwood
Floral design by Sue Tabbal-Yamaguchi, AIFD, CFD, EMC
Photos by Brandon Yamaguchi
Sue Tabbal-Yamaguchi, AIFD, CFD, EMC, Su-V Expressions 25 years, specializes in floral décor for weddings and corporate events. She is known for her spectacular in Honolulu, Hawaii for more than owner of tropical-nouveau designs—artfully blending tropical blooms (Calathea and Anthurium, in this arrangement) with temperate flowers (Anemone and tulips).
For the base for this distinctive tropicalnouveau composition, Tabbal-Yamaguchi builds a versatile (and rentable) driftwood structure that can be used over and over, to create myriad unique designs for virtually any occasion or home or office environment. The options are as endless as your imagination!
• Calathea burle-marxii/C. cylindrica ‘Green Ice’
(‘Green Ice’ Calathea)
• Anthurium andraeanum ‘Tropic Ice’ (obake Anthurium)
• Anthurium andraeanum ‘Midori’ (ﬂ amingo lily, tailﬂ ower)
• Anthurium andraeanum ‘I’iwi’, unfurled (ﬂ amingo lily, tailﬂ ower)
• Anthurium x amnicola ‘Maggie Inouye’, unfurled
• Anemone coronaria ‘Marianne Panda’ (windﬂ ower, poppy Anemone, lily-of-the-f eld)
• Tulipa spp. (tulip)
• Curculigo capitulata/Molineria capitulata
(palm grass, whale back)
• Thaumatophyllum Xanadu (Xanadu philodendron, Winterbourn
philodendron, lacy tree philodendron)
• Microsorum musifolium/Polypodium musifolium ‘Crocodyllus ’
(crocodile fern, alligator fern)
• Salix sachalinensis/S. udensis ‘Sekka’ (Japanese fantail willow)
• Ficus spp., roots (f g)
Step By Step
Step 1: Secure the driftwood to the wood base: Determine at what direction/angle you want the driftwood to be attached to the wood base. Drill a hole into the wood base, and place one of the metal rods vertically into the hole. Screw one “L” bracket to the back of the driftwood, and place the metal bracket over the metal rod. Repeat this procedure with a second metal rod and “L” bracket on another section of the driftwood.
Step 5: Wrap each water tube with paper-covered wire, starting at the base of each water tube, adhering the paper-covered wire to the adhesive strips at the top and bottom of each tube.
Step 2: Prepare the water tubes to be attached to the driftwood: Bend individual 9-inch lengths of 16-gauge wire into “U” shapes, with each section being approximately 3 inches in length. (I used nine 4-inch water tubes in this design; you may need more or fewer, depending on the size of your piece of driftwood).
Step 6: Drill two holes into the driftwood for each water tube (the distance between the holes should be the same distance between the wire ends—approximately 3 inches). Drill the holes in the areas of the driftwood where you want the water tubes to be positioned. Add a drop of liquid floral adhesive to the ends of the wires, and press them into the holes. Fill the water tubes with prop- erly proportioned flower nutrient solution, with a test-tube filler bottle.
Step 3: Attach each “U”-shape wire to a water tube using two- 3 inch cable ties, one tie near the top of each tube and another near the bottom of each tube.
Step 7: Attach a “garland” of Ficus roots to the driftwood in an artful manner, securing the roots to the driftwood with paper-covered wire, where necessary.
Step 4: Adhere two half adhesive dashes to each water tube, one near the top of each tube and another near the bottom of each tube.
Step 8: Arrange stems of fresh flowers and foliages into the water tubes as you please.
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