The perfect spring flower
Without a doubt, one of the best things about spring is the re-emergence of the flowers, the vibrancy of the shrubberies and the returning green of the tree leaves. Local experts on the topic, LouLou Moxom and Belinda Whitney, Canberra’s premier florists behind the Moxom + Whitney brand, share their knowledge on terrariums and flowers, how to best take care of your plants and what to look forward to in spring.
What flowers are in season in Canberra this spring?
When we think Canberra spring flowers we generally think Floriade. Beautiful bulbs, very European displays; tulips, hyacinths, anemones, ranunculus and don’t forget all that amazing blossom and one of our favourites – waratahs!
What are your favourites?
We constantly get asked this and it’s the hardest question ever! We are all partial to big beautiful garden roses, incredible orchids, peonies and Gloriosa lilies and then huge glossy tropical leaves and blossom sticks and….you see why this is hard?
What is the best thing about Canberra’s flowers in spring?
The whole city looks green and lush and inviting and smiley – everything about flowers makes you smiley, smiley is a word right? The city is warming up, coats are getting left at home and there is just a lovely feeling of fun and sunshine about the place.
How did you both get started in the florist business and why open up shop in Canberra?
(LouLou) I started in floristry many years ago simply because I love flowers and wanted a new career path, Belinda was in the medical industry, working alongside her gorgeous husband but wanted a change and we had always dreamed of opening a business together.
Fast forward to 2012 and that dream became a reality. Canberra is our home so opening here was a no-brainer but the concept we had – banning certain flowers and products, creating amazing terrariums, turning away work that we felt didn’t represent our aesthetic, was a new one. We knew we would ostracise a certain type of customer but we also knew that we would be welcomed by another. We have an absolute vision of our product and our space and we never lose sight of that. We are incredibly proud of our beautiful city and feel blessed to be as welcomed as we have been.
What do you love most about the work?
Every day is different. We never know who or what will walk through the door or email or call. Our staff are hands down some of the most beautiful humans we’ve ever had the pleasure to work alongside and the freedom to be creative each and every day is just awesome. The people we have met and worked with, the beyond-beautiful weddings and events, the general vibe of Braddon and the surrounding suburbs, it really doesn’t get any better. Besides that, working with your best friend is just the icing on top really! –Enlarged text – pop out quote
How do you decide on your arrangements and designs?
For both Belinda (terrariums) and me (flowers) it’s all about the product. I don’t think either of us has a vision of what we are going to create until we are amongst it – picking up plants or foliage and just generally seeing what happens as we add stuff into the mix. It’s a naturally organic process, we don’t try to make our products look like anything else than how Mother Nature intended them to look.
What are your best tips for caring for your plants in spring?
In the garden, it’s feed and mulch, then sit back and enjoy. If it’s a terrarium, then it’s time to move it closer to a sunny window and remember to not over love them with water. Fun fact – we are about to start planning and planting our own product for the shop. We have grown succulents and the odd flower or two previously, but sustainability is a massive part of our business, as is trying to get our product to our customers at the cheapest possible price so we are about to add ‘farmer’ to our job titles!
What are your top tips for flower arranging and terrarium making?
Always think about how your flowers or plants would look out in an open field. You’re dealing with nature, never over complicate things. Know when to stop adding but be free of too many rules when you are creating. It’s all about what YOU love, not about what that interiors magazine or blog says you should do. Your creations should reflect you, your style and your love of nature.
If you need help getting started perhaps a flower arranging or terrarium making class is for you. They are held in store weekly OR we can put a private class on for you and your mates if there are ten of you all wanting to get your creative juices flowing. Call our little shop for details.
Moxom and Whitney are located at 121 Lonsdale Street in Braddon and make deliveries to Canberra. If it’s a special occasion or you feel like picking up something beautiful, the incredibly friendly staff at Moxom & Whitney are happy to help you find the perfect arrangement.