Organic Appeal: Flag Irises and Horse Chestnuts
Flowers and Foliage
30 flag irises
9 horse chestnut stems
Use half-opened irises and stems with the leaves just emerging and unfurling to capture the awakening feel of spring. If you can't find flag irises or horse chestnut stems, you can substitute standard irises, tulips or daffodils and birch twigs or magnolia branches, respectively.
thin, rectangular, opaque vase (3 inches deep, 15 1/2 inches long)
How to Arrange
Soak two blocks of floral foam. Trim or cut them into pieces so that they fit snugly inside the vase.
Press a straight line of horse chestnut stems of varying heights into the foam along the center of the vase.
Cut the iris stems very short — to about 3 inches — and tuck them into the foam in a line in front of and behind the horsechestnut stems so that the flower heads rise just above the neck of the vase. Put the vase in position and top it off with water.
Horse chestnut stems last for several weeks, but the irises will only last for seven days. Keep replacing the irises as they start to fade. Change the water every few days by standing the vase on a draining board or in the kitchen sink and pouring in enough water so that the old, stale water is flushed out.