A Spring Garden Arrangement

Design in the Box

Design in the Box

What you need for Front of the Arrangement:

  • 5 Iris stems (cut 12 inches)
  • bunch of fuchsia Wax Flowers (cut 8 - 24 inches)
  • 7 branches with tiny leaves (cut 17 inches)
  • 2 large fuchsia Roses (cut 11 inches and 13") 
  • 1 large white blush Rose (cut 10 inches)
  • 3 yellow David Austin Roses (cut 6.5 inches, 8 inches and 11.5 inches)
  • 3 stems yellow Alstroemeria (cut 11 inches)
  • 3 stems fuchsia Geraniums (cut 5-10 inches)
  • 1 large peach Rose (cut 8 inches)
  • 3 hot pink David Austin Roses (cut 10, 11, and 11 inches)
  • 3 Dusty Miller (cut 9-10 inches)
  • 1 burgundy red Rose (cut 8 inches
  • 3 stems Lemon Leaf (cut 8 inches)
  • 1 large blue butterfly
  • 1 1/3 wet-pack floral foam brick
  • a wooden box 12 inches L x 3.75 W x 3.75 H
  • 1 heavy duty garbage bag
  • 1 medium wooden floral pick

What you need for Back of the Arrangement:

  • 1 large cluster fuchsia Rose and buds (cut 8 inches)
  • 2 burgundy red Roses (cut 7 and 9 inches)
  • 3 stems pink Alstroemeria (cut 6, 9, and 11 inches)
  • 4 stems white Alstroemeria (cut 8 -11 inches)
  • 1 peach Rose (cut 10 inches)
  • 1 pink Rose (cut 10.5 inches)
  • 1 lavender Rose (cut 8 inches)
  • 1 white Rose with pink tips (cut 9 inches)
  • 3 stems Lemon Leaf (cut 8 inches)
  • 1 large blue butterfly
  • 1 medium wooden floral pick

Supplies Needed:

  • Pruning shears
  • wire cutter
  • scissors
  • produce knife
  • floral fresh packet
  • floral stripper
  • several pieces 18 gauge wire cut into thirds
  • rose gloves ( I got mine at the 99 cent store)

Steps: 12

Cost: $0 Beg borrow (or steal)

Rated: Advanced Arrangement

This is the 4th post in the "Getting Ready for Spring" series.  Rose gardens are blooming is Southern California.  This is a tightly packed spring garden arrangement featuring Garden Roses, Alstroemeria, Geranium, Iris, Wax Flower, and Dusty Miller.  These flowers and branches all came from my good friend, Darlene's beautiful garden.  Thank you Darlene!  Perhaps you have a lovely garden yourself that you can cut from or you may be lucky enough to have a friend like Darlene.

You will want to wire the roses before you use them.  For wiring instructions see: http://www.floristinyou.com/prep

If you only need a one sided arrangement for a display, you only need the flowers listed above for front. Once you have wired your roses and have your tools you are ready.  Let's begin.

You will use a variety of spring flowers...

You will use a variety of spring flowers...

From the garden.

From the garden.

Here are the supplies and tools you will use.

Here are the supplies and tools you will use.

Put garbage bag in box.  Push foam down.  Cut foam level with top of box.

Put garbage bag in box.  Push foam down.  Cut foam level with top of box.

Cut edge of garbage bag a little higher than top of foam.

Cut edge of garbage bag a little higher than top of foam.

You will use 5 iris and leaves.  

You will use 5 iris and leaves.  

Put floral fresh in water.  Pour into foam until it won't hold any more.

Put floral fresh in water.  Pour into foam until it won't hold any more.

Insert iris into center of foam, 3 facing the front, 2 facing the back.

Insert iris into center of foam, 3 facing the front, 2 facing the back.

You will use 7 small stems with delicate leaves.

You will use 7 small stems with delicate leaves.

You will use several pieces of fuschia wax flower.

You will use several pieces of fuschia wax flower.

Use floral stripper to pull leaves off below where the stem goes into the foam.

Use floral stripper to pull leaves off below where the stem goes into the foam.

Use floral stripper to pull leaves etc. off below where wax flower stem will go into foam.

Use floral stripper to pull leaves etc. off below where wax flower stem will go into foam.

Put 3 - 4 branches in front and in back with branches curving out.

Put 3 - 4 branches in front and in back with branches curving out.

Add wax flower.  Largest piece in center with smaller pieces on sides.

Add wax flower.  Largest piece in center with smaller pieces on sides.

Start with large roses on right.  Group like colors of flowers together.

Start with large roses on right.  Group like colors of flowers together.

Place 'anchor' flower center front.  Fill in with roses, geraniums, and dusty miller.

Place 'anchor' flower center front.  Fill in with roses, geraniums, and dusty miller.

Do same in BACK.  Group flowers by color.

Do same in BACK.  Group flowers by color.

Wrap wire from med. pick around butterfly wire.  Repeat for back.

Wrap wire from med. pick around butterfly wire.  Repeat for back.

Set butterfly in flowers with wire and pick behind.

Set butterfly in flowers with wire and pick behind.

Finish with lemon leaf around the base.

Finish with lemon leaf around the base.

The pink rose looks like frost.

The pink rose looks like frost.

A nice mix of pinks, lavendars and yellows.

A nice mix of pinks, lavendars and yellows.

Wow these garden roses are show stoppers.

Wow these garden roses are show stoppers.

The robin's egg blue sets them off nicely.

The robin's egg blue sets them off nicely.

Here is the back.

Here is the back.

And the front.  Enjoy!

And the front.  Enjoy!