What you need:
- 5 large rose blooms cut 13.5 inches (I used Mr. Lincolns -red, New Zealand rose - pink)
- 3 medium sized rose blooms 13 inches (I used Mr. Lincoln - red, one white rose and a white Iceberg bloom in the back)
- 3 - 6 white hydrangeas cut 13.5 inches (from Trader Joe's)
- stems for greening the vase cut 18 inches including: Myrtle, Queen Anne Lace (from Trader Joe's)
- Ginger jar (mine is 6.5 inches tall with a 3.5 x 3.5 inch wide mouth.
- 1 bag of flattened marbles.
- 3 pieces of 18 gauge floral wire cut into thirds
Rated: Medium Arrangement
Ginger Jars are hot. If you haven't noticed, then check out Etsy, not that they haven't always been classic and popular, but now they are cool. The Chinese began making ginger jars in the 10th century. Ginger Jars were originally used to hold salt, oils, or spices (uh,maybe ginger too) but after being used to transport spices, ginger jars became very much in demand in Europe in the 19th century. Some of the design motifs painted on ginger jars included carp and florals, as seen in the ginger jar in this arrangement, as well as dragons, and landscape scenes.
Types of roses used in this arrangement:
Hybrid Tea Roses: The large Mr. Lincoln roses (red) and New Zealand roses (pink) in this arrangement are hybrid tea roses. Hybrid Tea Roses were developed in 1867 in France by crossing a Tea Rose (which came form the Orient and had petals that rolled back and formed a point) with a Hybrid Perpetual (the dominant rose of Victorian England). Hybrid Tea Roses usually have one single flower on a stem and are famous for their intoxicating fragrance. With this arrangement my whole dining room now smells like a Parisian perfumery, "une parfumerie Francaise".
Floribundas: The Iceberg rose (ours has no fragrance) used in the back of this arrangement with the spray of small white buds, is a floribunda. Floribundas are a type of rose that was developed in 1924 by crossing a Hybrid Tea rose with a Polyantha rose. The name is Latin and means "many flowering". Floribundas are smaller and fuller than Hybrid Tea bushes and their flowers are usually smaller and come in a spray.
So if you want to feel really British, go out and by a Ginger Jar and plant some rose buses, so that you will have roses to cut. I actually planted my New Zealand rose bush last year. But for now, tell your neighbors they had better watch out, or else you can make them some cookies or do something else placating for them so they will give you permission to cut some of their roses, because you cannot find these beauties at a flower mart. Tut, tut now. If you have your roses then you are ready to begin.