Yes, yes.. today’s flowers are native to Australia hence the little change in our name today but it’s the same idea! Botanically known as Craspedia, Billy Buttons, Billy Balls, Woolyheads or as I like to call them, Silly Billies are related to the daisy and one fun little flower, don’t you think? Their roundness gives a real retro, modern feel to them and they will definitely brighten up any bouquet, centre piece or boutonniere. Whats great about them is that they keep for ages allowing you to prepare your decor a few days earlier! Add an extra bit of fun with those gigantic 3 ft balloons in bright yellow if you want to dramatise this flower even more! The billy button is an affordable little flower so if bright and cheery is what you are after on a budget, look no further.
Billy Buttons have a long season from Summer to Autumn but can be brought in all year around.
Cut the stems at an angle, removing about one inch. Place the flowers in water with flower food. This will help open the tiny little florets on the round flower head. Keep cool and allow them to hydrate for at least two hours before using them for your event. Billy buttons’ stems can become slimy in containers, so it’s a good idea to recut the stems and place them into fresh flower-food solution every other day. They are relatively resistant towards ethylene and should for anything from 5 to 14 days depending on how fresh they were when you bought them and how good you care for them
Billy Buttons are only available naturally in yellow some florists will offer dyed billy buttons in red, orange and green tones.
Craspedia is more or less the same word in every European language!
Use the Billy button as inspiration for the rest of your wedding decor, I love these yellow lanterns in the different sizes, they are like six suns in the sky and the large balloons make great props for your photographs.
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