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An unusual botanical combination harmonizes with a contemporary patterned vase.

The eye-catching blown-glass vase becomes a trendy keepsake for the recipient of this arrangement long after the flowers have been enjoyed. Perfect for a modern setting, the composition takes a short walk on the wild side while preserving a natural feeling with wheat and a variety of exotic foliages. The crisscrossed bundles of wheat create a broken sheaf effect over the top of the vase and provide support for the flowers.

When using a patterned vase, it is crucial to make sure the colors of the botanical materials harmonize with the colors in the vase. And in this case, red roses, which reflect the burgundy coloration in the orchids’ lips, are introduced to provide a punch of color.

MATERIALS: Midori Swirl Vase from Meyer Imports; ‘Black Magic’ roses from Royal Flowers; Wheat Grass from Knud Nielsen Company; Cymbidium orchids, bracelet honey myrtle (Melaleuca), Leucadendrons, lily grass and salal stem from favorite suppliers.

Design by Bill J. Harper, AIFD, AAF

Arrange bundles of wheat in a crisscross formation atop a vase. Bend a fresh stem of salal or another flexible stem into a hairpin shape, and place it over the bundles of wheat and into the vase to hold the wheat in place.

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