I had my first official request for a flower arrangement recently. From my mother-in-law . . . that’s pretty official right? She was having a garden party to celebrate the grand opening of her department store, Harrell’s. Well, it was a miniature version of a department store (miniatures have been one of her hobbies). But it was Grand none the less.
Her party colors were bright pink and lime green.
I used dahlias, hydrangeas, snap dragons, and carnations . .
Since it was a garden party I thought the I’d make an arrangement that looked like I picked a bunch of flowers from my elaborate garden and simply clustered them together in a basket.
First, I tucked a glass bowl inside a square basket that I had on hand. Then I filled the bowl with small river rocks (as a substitute for wet floral foam) to secure the stems in place. Then filled with water. A deeper glass bowl and more river rocks would have been perfect, but this is what I had on hand . . .
I also ended up using a floral frog to secure the thicker stems and the weight of the hydrangea . . .
I pushed the hydrangeas one by one into the floral frog in to form a cluster. Then I clustered the dahlias together by pushing them gently one by one into the river rocks . . .
The snap dragons were a little top-heavy so I took some floral tape and wrapped it around to make a small bunch. Then I pushed them into the river rocks. I repeated the same technique with the carnations . . .
I tucked in some of the greenery from the bouquets around the base of the arrangement and viola! Basket-o-flowers. And a very happy customer I might add (phew)!
Until next Monday!