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.
The secret to this creation is to use two vases that are only slightly different in size and that fit together neatly. Make it on the day that you need it, as the juice from the limes tends to seep out after a while; it should last for two or three days. This little arrangement will work well on a shelf in a small enclosed room, kitchen or bathroom, where the limes will create a lovely light scent.
Flowers and Fruit
8 red cockscomb flowers
4 fresh limes
8 green cockscomb flowers
1 large glass cube vase (6-by-6-inches)
1 slightly smaller glass cube vase (4 1/2-by-4 1/2-inches)
raffia or garden string
Sunflowers (for cockscomb); lemons (for limes)
1. Place one cube vase inside the other, slice the limes with a sharp knife and slot them into the gap between the vases. Use the knife to edge them into place on all four sides. Fill the inner vase only with water.
2. Make a hand-tied bouquet using the cockscomb flowers. Trim all the foliage from the stems, then arrange them in a simple spiral bouquet with a high binding point. Alternate each color as you build up the domed shape of the bouquet, and turn the bouquet in the same direction as you work. Manipulate the flower heads slightly by pressing them together to eliminate any gaps.
3. When you have added all the cockscomb, trim the stems so they can all sit in water, tie the bunch securely with raffia or garden string and place it in the inner vase.
These orange and green cockscomb flowers, with their dense, ruffled flower heads, provide texture and depth when grouped en masse. They are large-headed flowers, so only a few are needed for an impact.
Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011