IF YOU SET A BOWL OF PINK, FRAGRANT ROSES on your piano, how could practice-time be anything less than enjoyable? Perhaps it was pink roses that inspired Frederic Chopin to compose his plaintive Etude in E Major. Chopin was, in fact, very fond of flowers, and insisted on having them in every room of his home. But the topic of this article is not Chopin — it is roses. And specifically, how to make the sweet bouquet pictured above. Such an arrangement, which almost anyone can manage, would look as good on a bedside- or coffee-table, as on a Steinway.
Believe it or not, a grid is the first step to making this pretty rose bouquet. Consequently, after filling a bowl with water (add a drop or two of bleach to keep the water sweet), make a woven grid with ordinary cellophane tape. As you can see from the photo above, I have left only a quarter-inch gap between strips of tape.
Next, cut rose stems approximately 2-inches in length. Try to use roses that are just beginning to unfurl their petals.
Finally, insert stems between gaps in the grid. Start at the outside, and work in a circular fashion until you reach the center.
The secret to longevity with this arrangement is to keep the flowers cool at night. Mine goes on the top shelf of my refrigerator at bedtime, and back to the piano for daytime enjoyment. This routine insures freshness for the better part of a week.
Once you have mastered the scotch-tape-grid-technique, all sorts of colorful tapestries are possible. Stunning would be a ring of yellow roses, with blue bachelor buttons in the center. Or, use red roses to edge a group of white shasta daisies. You might like to post your own ideas for flowers-in-a-bowl in the comments section below.
A bowl, some scotch tape, and a handful of flowers — these provide the means for a very easy — and very musical — floral bouquet.
Want more tips and tricks? Enter your email address to receive weekly updates!