What you need:
- 5 White and Yellow Iris (cut 19.5-22.5")
- 20 small leaved branches (cut 16-26.5")
- 4-6 stems small leafed Ivy (cut 10-inches)
- 10 'Dusty Miller colored' tall stems (cut 15-22")
- 1 bunch Fuchsia Wax Flower (cut 11.5-22")
- 5 large Orange Garden Roses (cut 11-15")
- 2 medium Lavender Garden Roses (cut 9-10")
- 1 dozen Lavender Alstroemeria (cut 13-15 inches)
- 4 Yellow Alstroemeria (cut 13-15 inches)
- 6 Red Geraniums (cut 5-7 inches)
- 3 medium Yellow Garden Roses (cut 11-15 inches)
- 1 garbage bag
- 4 bricks wet pack floral foam
- 1 'boat shaped' oval concrete vase 15 inches Wide at top, 6 inches D, x 6 inches H (similar found here)
- pruning shears
- rubberized rose gloves (at 99 cent store)
- floral stripper
- produce knife
It's spring and in California, the garden roses are gorgeous. Garden roses tend to open up as opposed to most commercial varieties. All of the flowers in this arrangement were cut from a good friend's lovely garden. Thank you Darlene!
This is a very large arrangement and used a lot of blooms. I didn't have quite enough roses in the same color range, so I had one color scheme in front, with fuchsias, lavenders and oranges, and one color scheme in back with oranges and yellows, which is perfectly fine as the colors still work together in a master pallet. Tip: Just hold the flowers next to each other to see if the colors will work together. That is really the only way to tell. You will know right away...no question about it.
Most of these garden roses had LOTS OF VERY SHARP THORNS...OUCH!!! Put on those rubberized rose gloves to avoid the sharp pricks. They really work remarkably well. If you don't at first, after a few pricks you will next time.
The Iris and small leaved branches will provide the structure to this arrangement, the roses will be the show flowers, the medium blooms will be accents, and the smaller geraniums and leaves will fill in at the bottom. You can buy a container similar to the one shown (click here) If you have your flowers and materials, let's begin.
Instructions of prepping roses: http://www.floristinyou.com/prep
Instructions on cutting the foam to fit into vase: http://www.floristinyou.com/peonies-and-twigs