What you need:
- 3 bunches (15 stems) blush peonies
- 2 bunches ( 10 ) stems fushia peonies
- 6 camellia leaf stems or lemon leaf
- 1 bunch 'Beargrass'
- 1 bag clear flat marbles
- waterproof floral tape
- floral stripper (optional)
- 8 inch Bubble Bowl (found here)
Rated: Easy Arrangement
The long awaited Peonies are finally here. These showy blooms have a relatively short season, only a few weeks, so enjoy their beauty while you can. In California, their bloom season starts around the later part of April to early June. Peonies are native to North American, Asia, and Southern Europe. They derive their name from a figure in Greek Mythology, Paeon. According to myth, Paeon, a student of Asclepius (the god of medicine and healing) was turned into a flower by Zeus, to save him from the wrath of jealous Asclepius. The Peony in China, Paeonia suffruticosa, is called, 'King of the Flowers' and likewise in Japan, 'King of Flowers', a fitting tribute to its beauty.
'Bear Grass' is used in this arrangement to swirl around the inside of the bubble bowl. 'Bear Grass' adds color and line to the arrangement. 'Bear Grass' or Xerophyllum tenaxis is actually part of the lily family. It grows in the sub-alpine meadows of Western North America. The bears may be able to lie around in this, but be careful handling this. It can cut you.
TIP: When selecting your bubble bowl, get one that is between 1/4" - 3/8" thick. You can buy a vase like this (click here) When it is filled with water it is heavy and less likely to break with a thicker glass. Always make sure to lift it from the bottom with both hands, and never pick it up from the top rim. Also, select a bowl with a small opening. This one has a 5" opening. The larger the opening, the more stems you need to fill it. For this arrangement, you will construct a grid out of waterproof floral tape to hold the flowers in place. The clear flat marbles in the bottom of the bowl serve to anchor the flower stems and keep them in place.
Are you ready? Here we go. This one is easy.