Roses for Mrs. Miller

Roses for Mrs. Miller

What you need:

  • 2 stems Dusty Miller 18.5 inches long
  • 1 stem Dusty Miller 19 inches long
  • 3 stems of tall "Dusty Miler colored" greens 22 inches tall
  • 2 pieces Asparagus Fern about 20" long 
  • 1 stem or spray of pink tipped Floribunda Roses.  See Types of Roseshttp://www.floristinyou.com/ginger-jar  
  • 7 extra large white Garden Roses 15" long
  • 1-2 extra large fuchsia Garden Roses 14" long
  • 2 extra large pink Garden Roses 14" long
  • 3 medium pink Garden Roses 15" long
  • blue stemmed vase about  12 inches H x 5.5inches Diam.

Equipment:

  • pruning sheer
  • floral stripper

Steps: 5

 

Rated: Medium Difficulty

Here's an arrangement made with Garden Roses and Dusty Miller.  I thought it would be perfect for Mother's Day if your mother likes roses and her last name is Miller.  You don't even have to go to the store.  Just go out to the garden with your pruning sheers and cut some garden roses and Dusty Miller.  I am lucky enough to have good friends who have incredible rose gardens.  If you don't, maybe you should   move or make new friends.  No seriously, I would love my friends even if they didn't have beautiful rose gardens.

This arrangement is also made in a borrowed blue stem vase that is simply elegant.   The silvery leaves looked so beautiful through the blue glass that I left them all on.  It is a rule to "take off all leaves below the water line", but in this case we broke the rule for the effect.  I also added some brighter green with the Asparagus Fern and some long leafy "dusty miller colored" greens for a different shape.  Watch out for the nasty thorns on the Asparagus Fern!

So, if have your flowers, plants, and your blue stemmed glass vase, let's begin.

 

Pour water to about 2.5 inches below the top.

Pour water to about 2.5 inches below the top.

Make the structure for the arrangement.  1 piece Dusty Miller center, 1 on each side.

Make the structure for the arrangement.  1 piece Dusty Miller center, 1 on each side.

Use floral stripper.  Remove leaves below water line on all but Dusty Miller.

Use floral stripper.  Remove leaves below water line on all but Dusty Miller.

Put 1 Asparagus Fern on each side.  Careful, it's pretty wild!

Put 1 Asparagus Fern on each side.  Careful, it's pretty wild!

Add the stem of Floribundas or spray of roses.  You should see roses in front and back.

Add the stem of Floribundas or spray of roses.  You should see roses in front and back.

Add x- large white roses.  4 in front, 3 in back.

Add x- large white roses.  4 in front, 3 in back.

Close up of the Floribundas and x-large white Garden Roses

Close up of the Floribundas and x-large white Garden Roses

Add focal point flower (fuchsia rose) to lower left.

Add focal point flower (fuchsia rose) to lower left.

This bush has the largest rose blooms I have ever seen.

This bush has the largest rose blooms I have ever seen.

Amazing blooms.

Amazing blooms.

Add 3 x-large white roses and pink rose to the back.  The more intense pink will be the focal point in back.

Add 3 x-large white roses and pink rose to the back.  The more intense pink will be the focal point in back.

You're finished.  Here's the back.

You're finished.  Here's the back.

This is the finished front.  Happy Mothers' Day Mrs. Miller!

This is the finished front.  Happy Mothers' Day Mrs. Miller!