what you need:
- 5 large sunflowers (sunflowers with yellow centers are shown here)
- 4 white hydrangeas
- 1 bunch amaranthus hanging green
- 1 bunch marigolds (calendula)
- 4 tea leaves
- 2 monster leaves
- 1 floral stripper
- a stapler
- 18 gauge floral wire cut into thirds
- a bag of clear marbles
- a white ceramic vase 11" H with a 5.75" Diam.(This one's from Italy)
Rated: Intermediate Arrangement
This is a large arrangement that stands 26 inches tall with the white of the vase and hydrangeas central to the arrangement. The vase, with its classical figures in relief, lend the arrangement an air of sophistication.
This is a fall-winter arrangement. You will find the marigolds, technically calendulas, in the fall. The marigolds have several flower heads that come off the same stem and each flower has its own 4 inch trumpet shaped stem. They hang their heads down and are very pretty, but the little stems bend easily, so you will have to wire the heads that are bent. Since this vase has such a large opening, you will need to use marbles to hold the flower stems in place.
The arrangement has a front, back, and two sides, which you construct as you go so that, just as in a sculpture, it is well proportioned on all sides. The top of this arrangement is asymmetrical while the bottom of it is symmetrical. The hydrangeas and the sunflowers form a triangle, with the lower hydrangea positioned at the lowest vertices or point of the triangle. The shaped tea leaves to the left balance the curved tea leaf and the 3 curved eucalyptus stems on the right. Then the hanging green amaranthus and the monster leaves on each side give the lower part of the arrangement perfect symmetry. By the way, you can grow tea leaves in your yard. Having them in your garden is great fun because you can cut a few leaves off when you need them.
Okay, now that we've talked about triangles, asymmetry, and symmetry, let's get to work.