Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
When we begin to be bored with flowers and the usual foliage plants, it’s time to consider using other materials. You will find your supermarket is a wonderful source of suitable florals. When used in floral designs, ordinary fruits can add a pizzazz to arrangements. Though there are many kinds of fruits that are suitable, let’s look at three of them in detail.
Citrus—particularly oranges, lemons, and limes—have long been seen in still lifes. The same goes for pomegranates and strawberries. Now floral designers are discovering these fruits are a great addition to various kinds of floral arrangements.
The fruits can be mixed and matched with flowers and foliage, or used alone. An urn looks very festive if it is filled with fruits, and is perfect for centerpieces and entertaining. When combining these with flowers, there are two different approaches you can use, and both of which work just fine. You can choose blooms in colors that contrast or match that of the fruits.
In addition, there is a third way the fruits can be used. That involves filling a glass vase or similar container with the fruits, and inserting the flower/foliage stems among the fruits. Such arrangements tend to be very dramatic.
In the language of flowers, these fruits have very special meanings. Lemons and oranges are symbolic of many things. They are particularly associated with eternal youth, immortality and paradise. They also stand for purity and virtue, which explains why orange blossoms are often used for weddings.
The pomegranate symbolizes immortality, intellectual capacity, and creativity as well as compassion. Long associated with fertility, this fruit is associated with passion, and love, and is considered an aphrodisiac.
So far as its symbolism is concerned, the strawberry shares some of the same qualities as the pomegranate. It is also a symbol of fertility and sensuality. In addition, this lowly berry stands for modesty, humility, abundance and purity.