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.
Flowers and Foliage
1 bundle of birch twigs
15 'Mimi Eden' spray roses open and in bud
If you can't find spray roses, use spray carnations. Bamboo makes a fine substitute for birch twigs.
opaque vase (8 inches high)
1 block floral foam
1 small floral foam ball
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.
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.
Build the Base
Push the soaked foam ball onto the tied twigs, then push the base of the twigs into the square foam in the vase. Cut off the top raffia binding under the foam ball, but keep the lower binding in place.
Place the Roses
Trim the stems of the buds and roses to 2 inches. Group two or three rose heads together and press them into the foam ball. Fill in the gaps around them with buds. Continue until the ball is covered.
Trim the cellophane so that it is level with the rim of the vase, then cover the square foam and cellophane with moss so that they are both hidden.
Keep the blooms and moss fresh by misting them every other day, and this arrangement should last four to five days. If the moss begins to discolor, place it in a bowl, pour boiling water over it to revive it and rearrange it over the floral foam.
If you want to convert the rose ball into a hanging display or pomander, push a length of wire through the center of the ball after you’ve soaked it. Then wrap one end of the wire around a small, short twig to hold the wire securely in place, and fashion the other end into a loop to hang the ball up. Cover the ball in roses or peonies and hang it from an overhanging branch near or above a table set for lunch in the garden.
Classic Beauty: A Rose and Lilac Vase
This impressive front-facing arrangement appears to have an abundance of flowers but much of the substance comes from carefully arranged foliage. This display will look pretty in a foyer, minimalist living room or banquet table for a meal.
Autumn Rose Centerpiece
Add a little glamour to your autumn dinner table with this sparkling autumn rose centerpiece.
Ring These Rosies: Make a Rosebud Circlet
Accessorize a young bridesmaid with a simple wired circlet of roses. This rosebud circlet also makes a perfect finishing touch for a child's party outfit, or your own midsummer's eve ensemble.
"Grow" an Anemone Tree
This colorful, airy spiral bouquet makes a lovely centerpiece on a circular hall or dining room table, or on a mantelpiece or chest of drawers.
Fruit and Flower Cubes Make It Hip to Be Square
Read on to learn the secret to making this unusual, graphic arrangement. Cockscomb flowers and limes are a bold, vibrant combination. Consider using sunflowers and lemons for a more unified theme.
How to Make a Rose Boutonniere
Create a rose boutonniere for any special occasion with these step-by-step instructions. This approach uses wire to keep the rose malleable. You can experiment with using other flowers.
Make Your Own Fruit and Floral Centerpiece
Add a touch of spring to your table with a mix daffodils, dianthus and colorful fruit.
How to Preserve and Display Roses
Preserve rose blooms with waxing and create a rose bead necklace.
Tips for Making Cut Roses Last
Check out these tips for prolonging the beauty of cut roses.
How to Grow Patio Roses in Containers
Modern patio roses bloom for many months and allow gardeners with limited space to enjoy their color and fragrance. Look for roses labeled "patio" or "miniature" and place containers in the sun.
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