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!)
Love these bright guys!
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! ; )
A “Judy” rose, half way reflexed:
Got these lovely phalaenopsis orchids:
And these cymbidiums:
Waxflower is another new darling of mine – thanks to Meg for turning me on to it:
And finally the Chelone – haven’t seen this stuff around before and it’s really sweet – almost like bud form snapdragons or something:
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:
The stems start going in (some angled down):
The orchids got water picked, and after some trial and error, so did the anemones (those stems will not go into foam!)
And now for the finished arrangement:
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:
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!