rose garden bouquet
Several creative design techniques transform a collection of standard and spray roses into gardeny look-alikes for this exquisite bouquet.
Design by Bill J. Harper, aifd fellow, aaf
grand composite rose as its focal point—surrounded by open gardenlike
blossoms; diminutive sprays; and a rounded, cabbage-inspired bud—this
lustrous bouquet contains all the elements of a preeminent rose garden
in full bloom. The mix of roses is replicated using only two types:
sprays and hybrid teas. A trio of techniques applied to some of the
blossoms modifies them into the gardeny imposters.
The spontaneous placement of the varying sizes of
blossoms enhances the natural, garden-grown quality, as does the
addition of preserved maidenhair fern. Its airy fronds add ethereal
dimension and gentle motion to the rosy cluster. Fresh maidenhair would
have the same airy qualities, but the preserved version may perform
better. Place the preserved fern in the cooler for a day or two to
soften it and make it more pliable.
‘Cool Water’ hybrid tea roses and ‘Blue Moon’ spray roses
from Rio Roses; preserved maidenhair fern from Verdissimo; Floratape®
Stem Wrap from Alcan Packaging; Oasis® Floral Adhesive and Elegant®
Bouquet Holder from Smithers-Oasis.
Carefully remove several petals from the centers of three or four spray roses.
This will create blossoms that resemble wild garden roses.
To mimic a cabbage rose, insert two hairpin-shaped wires crosswise through the top of a rosebud, and snap off its calyx.
Bend the wires’ ends toward the rose’s new base, and tape them together to form a stem.
Stack several petals together, and insert a hairpin-shaped wire through the base of the stack.
Repeat with additional petals. Cluster the wired petal groups around a rose. Glue in additional petals as needed.
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