These designs are quite the rage. They draw from techniques that intelligent floral designers have known from decades past,
Contemporary floral designers have been renewing some of these earlier techniques and are really enjoying the results.
They are fun. They are fast. They are easy to make. And they are showy!
You will love doing these. ENJOY!
We start with the ivy bowl. It is a cute little container just perfect for this kind of design.
Create an infrastructure for this arrangement. .
Start with the montecasino. Make a little mound shape cluster with the monte.
Next add some statice to the mix. Statice is a great filler, and comes in a variety of colors. In this particular case we have chosen a red violet that complements the purple of the monte. The overall result is kind of moundy, and rather pretty in its own right. If we wanted to, we could stop right here and enjoy this informal little design.
Let's continue by adding a few iris to the design. Iris are one of my favorite flowers. They come in blues, violets, whites and yellows. There are a huge number of iris that gardeners really enjoy to play with in their gardens.
The use of iris in this arrangement has several benefits. First of all it eliminates the strong scent problems associated with lilies (presented in the Water Based Centerpiece I).
Secondly, iris are an increasingly tempermental flower to keep alive. They actually will do a bit better in water medium than in a foam based design. That makes this design a perfect vehicle to give iris as a gift.
Let's compare this design with the water based design of lilies. Notice that the choice of the main face flowers, makes quite an impact upon the total look of the design. The color and shape of the iris, make this design feel quite different than the liliy based unit, even though the starting point was pretty much the same.
LIke the earlier water based unit, this is a great all purpose design.
I like it as a table centerpiece for it can be viewed on all sides.
It is also quite appropriate as a Mothers' Day Gift.
It would also work quite well for a special birthday, baby's shower, or office gift.
We hope that you really enjoyed this brief floral design lesson. At
Rittners Floral School in Boston we provide floral design instruction
that includes a wide range of different styles and techniques. Folks attend Rittners Floral School, because not only are we very, very fine floral designers, but also because we are outstanding teachers!! Please come and take one of our hands-on workshop programs!!