Made with small Crimson Gold Apples as a Vase Filler

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Camellias and Apples

What you need:

  • 10 - 12 camellia blooms some red some white (cut 8 inches or as long as possible)
  • 4 stems with leaves (for greening the vase)
  • 2 bags of Crimson Gold Apples (1 lb. each bag) or crabapples 
  • moon shaped oval vase  (found here)  
  • 1.5 inch wide green ribbon (I used a woven cotton ribbon) cut about 55 inches long

Supplies Needed:

Steps: 8

Flower Cost: Zero  Apple cost: $4.98

Rated: Easy Arrangement

It's Camellia season in California and I have three types of Camellia Japonica blooming in my front yard.  Yeah!  I have Kramer's Supreme Camellias, with large fully peony-form, red to light red blooms and golden upright stamens, Silver Lace, a large semi double to loose peony with irregular lacy white petals and golden upright stamens, and Nuccio's Bella Rosa, with very symmetrical formal 4 inch fully double, royal-red blooms.  They are stunning.  The Camellias in this arrangement are all ruffly with long golden stamens that look like silk.  Check out rare camellias at Nuccio's Nursery: http://www.nucciosnurseries.com/

The Camellias are showcased with cute little applecrabs, which are a cross between a crabapple and a domesticated apple that are grown in the Cuyama Valley near a National Forrest by Santa Barbara, California.  They are organic, tart, and delicious, and I ate one of the three bags that I bought, carefully...all but the seeds.  Yum, but they do make adorable vase fillers, just change the water once a day unless you want apple cider.

If you have your oval vase, (found here)  which is a very versatile vase and one of my favorites, your camellias and your applecrabs or crabapples, whichever you prefer, you are ready to make this arrangement.

 

 Here are your flowers and supplies.

Here are your flowers and supplies.

 Wash leaves.  Careful.  Don't get the blooms wet.                                                                                      Dry the leaves.

Wash leaves.  Careful.  Don't get the blooms wet.                                                                                      Dry the leaves.

 If stem's too short wire it to a pick from the top of the bloom.

If stem's too short wire it to a pick from the top of the bloom.

 Wrap floral tape around first 2 inches of stem.  Tear tape to finish.

Wrap floral tape around first 2 inches of stem.  Tear tape to finish.

 Add water to 2 inches below rim of vase.

Add water to 2 inches below rim of vase.

 Add 2 bags applecrabs.

Add 2 bags applecrabs.

 Add red Camellias.

Add red Camellias.

 Add white Camellias.

Add white Camellias.

 Add a stem of leaves angeling down on each side.

Add a stem of leaves angeling down on each side.

  Tie ribbon tight in knot, then a bow.  Cut edges on 45 with sharp fabric scissors.

Tie ribbon tight in knot, then a bow.  Cut edges on 45 with sharp fabric scissors.

 Here's c close up of these beauties.

Here's c close up of these beauties.

 You are done.

You are done.

 Enjoy!

Enjoy!