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April Showers Bring May Centerpieces

These fresh, cheerful centerpieces were originally designed for a spring wedding. There's no reason not to make them for other occasions and everyday dining tables, as well.

Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging
Fresh Flower Spring Collection Wows in YellowFresh Flower Arranging ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

Materials

Flowers and Foliage
selection of yellow spring flowers, such as fritillaria, tulips, freesias and daffodils
flat and bun moss

Other Materials
terra cotta pots
glass vases
garden foam
cellophane
plastic bags

Select Containers

Select the containers you want to use and line any non-watertight containers with a square of cellophane or part of a trash bag or plastic shopping bag.

Select Variety of Containers for CenterpieceFresh Flower Arranging ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

Place Foam

Place a block of soaked floral foam in the center of each container. Trim the edges of any cellophane to the top of the container.

Trim Edges of Cellophane to Top of ContainerFresh Flower Arranging ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

Arrange Flowers and Moss

Arrange tulips and freesias in the foam: cut off lower leaves and offshoot buds and trim the stems. Save the offshot buds for a small vase display. Press a stem into the center of the foam, then add more, working out from the center at a slight angle (image 1).

Cover the gaps between the flowers with flat moss (image 2).

Arrange daffodils, fritillaria and offshoot buds in clear glass vases. Use bun moss on its own in the smallest pots.

  • Arrange Tulips and Freesia Working from Center OutFresh Flower Arranging ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011
  • Cover Gaps Between Flowers with Flat MossFresh Flower Arranging ©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

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