GETTING LOST IN FLOWERS. . .Making vased arrangements.
Every so often I just must turn off the news and bury myself in flowers. Especially lately with the news in the Middle East, Wisconsin and elsewhere. It becomes overwhelming and a person just longs for something simple and pretty and peaceful.
I’ve been a florist for over fifteen years and had a little shop in the mining town of Placerville. I sold it two years ago to move to North Carolina. Now I just do weddings, but I still must bury myself in flowers occasionally, just because they are so darn pretty.
For me the hardest thing to learn was arranging flowers in a vase. When you are a beginner you usually start with foam in a basket or container and that holds your flowers just like you want them. Vased arrangements however have nothing to support the stems other than your greens and other flowers.
Here are some methods that helped me. Put a few stems of greens in your vase then choose three flowers all the same, something full, like alstromeria, or stock. Place these three in around the neck of the vase in a triangle pattern. Let these three stems cross inside the vase. Now you are ready to insert some vertical stems for height, like snapdragons or gladiolus, Use 2 or three of these vertical. Now you are ready to insert flowers around the vertical stems at an angle.
In this first photo you can see the stems crossing in the vase. They are supporting each other.
In the second photo I used variegated pittosporum around the edge of the vase rather than three stems of flowers.
Greens make a huge difference in the character of the arrangement. This very bright arrangement has a mix of bright green buplerum giving it a very summery feel.
The fourth photo is a valentine arrangement in pink and red for a centerpiece. You can see how the stems are crossed and are supporting each other and there is also a lot of eucalyptus and pittosporum around the rim helping the steady the flowers.
I love color and mixing it up. This arrangement with the orange roses has four different kinds of greens and nine different flowers.
Well, I feel better now, hope you do too.
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