Living Flowers

Simply Flower Arranging – Scent of Summer

YOU WILL NEED
Mix of garden and florist’s flowers of choice. I have used:
1 stem Astrantia
2 Clematis
7 Cosmos atrosanguineus (chocolate cosmos)
3 Dianthus barbatus ‘Green Trick’
5 Hypericum ‘Cool Romance’ (St. John’s wort)
3 peach spray roses
2 Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’ (guelder rose)
AND
Low glass container – this one is 20cm (8in) in diameter and 9cm (3½in) high
Thin adhesive tape
COST Mid-range

HOW TO
1 Fill the container half full with water. Wipe the rim of the bowl so it is dry.

2 Make a grid using the adhesive tape across the opening of the container. Ensure the tape stays in place by wrapping around the top, over the ends.

3 Cut the flowers short so the heads rest on the grid with the stems vertical. Make sure you angle the stems over the rim to soften the edge.

The tricks:
The warmer the room, the more intense the fragrance but on the downside the less long flowers will last. Chocolate cosmos is easy to grow in containers.

The twist:
Open rich burgundy spray Dianthus (carnation) would look lovely if chocolate cosmos was hard to find.

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Judith Blacklock
Judith Blacklock
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Flora Magazine is edited by Judith Blacklock, proprietor of the world-renowned Flower School in Knightsbridge, London.