THIS WEEK, I asked floral designer Erin Brady to create a large arrangement for my entrance hall table. Would you like to see the purples, pinks, blues and greens she chose? Here they are, in my latest you-can-do-it flower-arranging tutorial:
First, select a vase! Almost any container can hold a lavish display of flowers. But if the vessel isn’t water tight — the cast-iron urn that resides on my entrance hall table is open at the bottom — you’ll need to give it a liner of some sort. I lined my urn with a plastic painter’s pail.
Now saturate a few blocks of floral foam. Floral foam, sold under the brand name “Oasis,” holds many times its weight in water. Cut the blocks to snugly fit your liner. Erin used green floral tape to secure the foam to the liner. She also taped the liner to the urn.
Why all this taping business? Because a big arrangement requires a secure foundation.
If you have ferns in your garden, by all means use them for your own flower-arranging adventures. You’ll find the fronds are both graceful and long-lasting.
If you can’t find lemonleaf, use common hosta leaves from your garden. The goal is to mask the floral foam, and add bulk to the arrangement.
Are you familiar with wild larkspur? It behaves like a weed in the landscape. But it looks winsome in a flower arrangement. It’s an easy plant to winter-sow.
Although this centerpiece is multi-hued, the colors are mainly pastel. Consequently they seem to compliment, rather than clash, with the green and cream wallpaper and the sage and gold window hangings in the hall.
Want an intimate look at the subjects of this arrangement? Here we go-go:
Are my flower-arranging tutorials of any value to you? You can let me know by leaving a comment. If I hear lots of “Ayes,” I’ll continue to post them. Otherwise, I’ll simply show you the finished products, without the “blah-blah-blah” details that probably drive some of you to drink.
Flowers and greens like to drink, too. So be sure to keep water in your vase, urn, or what have you. A few drops of household bleach will keep the water sweet.
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