Cabbage and Hydrangea Arrangement
What you need:
- 1 purple cabbage
- 1-2 white Hydrangea blooms
- 4 stems Queen Anne Lace
- 2 Lemon leaf stems
- 6 miniature purple eggplants
- 4 miniature variegated eggplants
- 1 bunch mixed flowers with white daises, yellow daises, purple cosmos, half a dozen yellow Gerber daises, purple status, and filler
- 3 small Chinese cabbage
- 1 piece wet pack floral foam
- 13 six inch floral picks
Tools you will use:
- pruning sheers
- wire cutters
- produce knife
- spool of 26 gauge floral wire
- dark green floral tape
- large serrated knife
- a salad sized plate to set the arrangement on
- a cutting board
Rated: Moderate Arrangement
Are you having a garden party or a fall harvest festival? This is the perfect center piece for a main table for such an event. It is colorful, unique and combines vegetables and flowers in a festive display.
You can find a regular purple cabbage and small Chinese cabbages from a grocery store. You might have to go to a grocery store that carries a wide variety of produce for the miniature eggplants. The flowers used were from a fall bouquet. You might be able to find all of the flowers you need in one bouquet, or you may have to buy a bouquet and supplement with others. I used one white hydrangea in the front. It would have been nice to have 2 or 3 so you could anchor one in the back.
If you look at the finished arrangement and analyze the lines in it, you will notice that it has a sphere at the bottom (the cabbage) with a triangular shape on top(the flowers) and the ends of the triangle extend down on each side. You will be wiring the Lemon leaf so that they will make a graceful arc downward on each side. This arrangement has a distinct front, back, and two sides. You should place your flowers so that each side looks balanced and full when you are finished. In that way, it is like a sculpture.
This is a relatively easy arrangement to make. The difficulty lies in cutting the rectangle to fit the shape of your floral foam and removing the cabbage without cutting the sides off or cutting all the way through the bottom of the cabbage. Cutting the lines of the rectangle through the center of the cabbage and hollowing out the rectangle will require some muscle power, and also control, so that you don't slice the knife through the edge of the cabbage! Well, make you shopping trip, gather your tools, and lets begin making this garden centerpiece adventure.