Yacht flower trends and choosing the right bouquet
Last updated: 08/06/2016
Like fashion trends, electronic trends, or Google trends, we all like to be up to date with the world. Flowers are no exception. Edith from Enchantment Florist tells us about the following trends.
Ikebana offers beauty and simplicity that will brighten up any space in a yacht, both big and small.
The floristry industry has begun to see a rise in the demand for wall mounted interior flower designs, or ‘Plantlers’.
Inspired by the Japanese flower arrangement Ikebana, an ancient Japanese art of harmonious flower arrangement, these designs tend to be simplistic, minimalistic and fitting into a superyacht’s interiors.
Tropical arrangements can be both low and tall. In the tropics, the bright sunshine and vibrant colour combinations offered by heliconias (lobster claws), and gloriosa lilies are just sensational. Such colours provide a surprisingly enchanted feel when set against a clashing fuchsia paint and a lemon-yellow colour.
A pavé floral arrangement can come in many shapes and sizes. Its name describes the proximity of the flowers to one another. The style of such an arrangement is dense, maybe even a little crowded with flowers, however because the pavé look and overall feel is clean, tailored, luxurious and sophisticated, it lends itself well to elegant occasions.
Less is more
Lilly Bavay went on to say, “We are seeing our clients choose less flowers, but more elegant and extravagant vases and containers to complement their yachts. I have also worked with preserved flowers, especially roses, which are natural but treated to last months.”
Orchids come in very weird and wonderful varieties. If you don’t know about them already, take a look at the ophrys apifera orchid, the Dracula simia, the phalaenopsis and the ophrys insectifera.
Lorna Webster, owner of Blooming Things has seen a considerable growth in the sale of orchid plants, “Over the past 5 years or so I am getting more and more requests for orchids, lots of orchids! I am seeing more of all white arrangements also, both plants and cut, however the request for arrangements can differ from each individual vessel I work with.”
Lorna continued, “A tip for taking care of orchid plants- do not over water! These plants should only be watered once a month.”
The perfect bouquet of flowers
Is there such a thing as the perfect bouquet? Following advice from the professionals will always help to produce beautiful results. However, if you decide to arrange your own or re-arrange a professional bouquet, Maud from Création Florale suggested, “When making a bouquet or composition, play a little with the height of the flowers and use the flowers the way they grow in nature. To make an elegant and exiting bouquet, mix flowers and green with different shapes.”
How to choose the right flowers for your yacht
Yachting Pages spoke to Gourmet Deliveries and received some top advice on how to choose which flowers to order for a vessel.
With luxury and decadence at the heart of the yachting industry, every last detail presents an opportunity to indulge in elegance and style. With sumptuous interiors and gourmet cuisine, high-end finishing touches like fresh flowers add life and create a charming ambience whilst on board.
Fresh flowers add an extra dimension of beauty and grandeur to the already luxurious interiors of superyachts. For parties and celebrations, they can also help to illustrate themes and add a sense of theatre.
Yacht flowers are delivered to destinations worldwide on a daily basis. A myriad of flower types and styles are available from traditional designs with demure shades and presentation, to exotic arrangements, encompassing a magical array of colours and textures.
The style and atmosphere of the yacht will be the starting point, from which the flower arrangements are created. Florists will work with crew to discuss the needs, budget and preferences of the client and if applicable, the nature of the event or celebration. Generally, clients tend to lean towards organic flowers.
It is important that crew work extremely closely with florists in order to deliver exceptional bespoke flower compositions.
Gourmet Deliveries sources fresh flowers from designer Chou Chou, allowing them to create long-lasting unique concepts, tailored specifically to the needs of each individual client.
A good florist will deliver worldwide and can meet any need from colour-drenched-tropical bouquets of birds of paradise and orchids, to classical but nonetheless magnificent compositions of roses and peonies. Greenery can be added to the exterior of the yacht with ornamental topiary pot plants and trees to create a desired effect.
Here are a few tips from Gourmet Deliveries:
- Compact designs and tropical flowers work very well on superyachts.
- To preserve the flower arrangements, crew should ensure that the flowers being delivered are fresh. Next, the crew is advised to check the water regularly and to keep the flowers away from the direct sunlight or air vents.
It is a good idea to have a crew attend a yacht flower course, so that they learn how to pull out wilted flowers from the arrangement without changing the theme.
If you're a superyacht stewardess, find out more about how to create beautiful floral arrangements on board with our floristry tips for stews.