Get a Clear View With Floating Ranunculas

The simple, restrained style of this vase arrangement captures the essence and intricacy of nature with a touch of lively informality. It provides a stylish focal point in any room, or on a dining table.

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Cut the Stems

Trim any offshoots from the ranuncula stems. Cut the stems to approximately the same length so they are slightly shorter than the height of the vase. The stems don't need to be exactly the same length - a slight randomness of stem length livens up the arrangement.

Insider Tip
Ranunculas have many smaller buds that grow on short stalks along the length of their main stem. Recycle these offshoots by gathering them into an informal bunch, trimming the ends of the stems to the same length and arranging them in a small square glass vase that you can place near the main arrangement for added interest.

Trim Ranuncula Stems Shorter than Depth of VaseEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Place the Ranunculas

Depending on the size of the flower heads, place one or two ranunculas in each square hole. When you have placed all the flowers in the square holes, check for any visible gaps and add an extra flower if necessary to hide the tape grid and give the illusion that the flowers are suspended in air. Make sure that the end of each stem sits in the water. Top off the vase with more water if needed.

Ranunculus in Glass ContainerEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

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