The Prettiest Pom: Make an Elegant Rose Topiary Tree

A mass of just one variety of flower can create an eye-catching display. This rose topiary has been made at a small-size, but it can be recreated on a much larger scale. Place this handsome design on a desk, a hall table or a side table.

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Shabby Chic Spray Rose TopiaryEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials

Flowers and Foliage
1 bundle of birch twigs
15 'Mimi Eden' spray roses open and in bud
moss

If you can't find spray roses, use spray carnations. Bamboo makes a fine substitute for birch twigs.

Other Materials
opaque vase (8 inches high)
raffia
florist's scissors
cellophane
1 block floral foam
1 small floral foam ball

Shabby Chic Spray Rose TopiaryEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Prepare the Birch Twigs

Tie the bundle of birch twigs securely with a length of raffia about 4-5 inches up from the base of the bundle. Tie the ends of the twigs with another length of raffia. Cut the branched tips of the birch twigs off just above the top raffia tie. The twigs should be slightly shorter than the vase.

Festive Birch Twig BundlesEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Prepare the Vase

Line the vase with a square of cellophane if it is not waterproof. Place a soaked square of floral foam, cut to fit, inside the vase.

Add Liner to Urn Before Using Soaked Floral FoamEnlarge 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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