Orchids, Roses, Waxflower, Anemones, and Chelone

Oh my!

I picked up some striking yellow and purple hued flowers at my wholesaler over the weekend, and made a hostess gift, plus this week’s “on our desks” arrangements for my co-worker and I.

The buy included a flower that is a new discovery to me – Chelone, and it’s one of my new favorites already!

First, a look at the raw materials

Pretty pastel anemones, with a couple of bright purple flowers thrown in (I love getting mixed bunches of anemones like these!)

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Love these bright guys!

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I love this rose variety, called “Judy” – yes, I reflexed them in the first version of this design (just wanted to practice the technique, so sue me! ; )

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A “Judy” rose, half way reflexed:

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Got these lovely phalaenopsis orchids:

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And these cymbidiums:

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Waxflower is another new darling of mine – thanks to Meg for turning me on to it:

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And finally the Chelone – haven’t seen this stuff around before and it’s really sweet – almost like bud form snapdragons or something:

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That’s it for ingredients…onto process.  Started w a small 5×5 cylinder vase, lined in a green ti leaf.  The foam extends above the vase so that you can angle flowers down and cover the rim:

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The stems start going in (some angled down):

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The orchids got water picked, and after some trial and error, so did the anemones (those stems will not go into foam!)

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And now for  the finished arrangement:

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Even though I love the combination of these flowers, this arrangement came out a little bit “polka dotted” for me – on review I thought it would have worked even better and been less busy with the same flowers in groupings rather than completely assorted.  So when I arranged little minis for our offices, I tried that tactic.  I like these little arrangements a lot, but unfortunately the only pics I was able to take in the office are in not-so-cute corporate settings:

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how to diy tutorial pave wedding centerpiece cylinder vase anemone waxflower roses yellow purple chelone phalaenopsis cymbidium orchid wedding bridal bouquet

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Since these were taken the Judy roses have opened to reveal a beautiful apricot colored center for each flower (you can see just the beginnings in some of the above pics) – they really are great roses!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 21, 2011 - 12:52 pm

megan - Judy’s are my favorite yellow…. they open so so amazingly.

September 21, 2011 - 4:13 pm

Kate - cool! i’m a big honey and poppies fan! great to hear from you. judy roses are honestly the first variety of rose (apart from garden roses) that i’ve loved enough to make sure I remembered the exact variety name to order them specifically rather than just shop the mart for whatever roses look nice- happy to be getting enough experience with flowers to have real favorites, not just theoretical favorites based on pictures ; )

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