- 4 veronica
- 6 blue delphiniums
- 12 sweet Williams
- 16 forget-me-not
- 5 dark-pink dahlia
- 4 astrantia
- 7 flowering marjoram
- 4 bouvardia
- 4 pink spray roses
- Up to 10 clean glass jars
- Florist’s scissors
- Colored ribbon (optional)
- Sterilizing tablets or flower food
1 For each jar, trim the stems of 4 –5 mixed blooms, or a single variety of flower, making sure that the height of the flowers are not more than twice the height of the jar, and preferably shorter.
2 Half-fill a jar with water and add 1⁄4 sterilizing tablet. Arrange the flowers loosely in the jar; there is no need to spiral the stems or tie the bunch together. Repeat with the rest of the flowers and jars.
3 Tie a matching ribbon around a few of the jars if you would like to give them more of a celebratory feel. Arrange the jars on a couple of shelves, in a line along a table, or place one in front of each place setting at a dining table. The flowers will last for up to five days if you trim their stems and refresh the water.
• If you don’t own a garden, or can’t find this particular selection of flowers, choose varieties with medium and small flower heads in a harmonious range of colors.
• For a more rustic look, use raffia or colored string instead of ribbon.
Excerpted from Simple Flower Arranging by Mark Welford & Stephen Wicks, Copyright © 2014 Dorling Kindersley Ltd. Photography Copyright © 2014 Carolyn Barber. Excerpted by permission of DK Publishing, New York. All rights reserved.