A design that is destined to be seen from all angles, as it would be in the centre of a dining table or occasional table, for example, must be an all-round attraction. It should also look as good when seen from – dome shapes, low pyramids and both regular and irregular all-round shapes, as here, are all effective. Turn the arrangement round one-quarter of a circle as you compose it, and give it a final check to make sure that it looks well-balanced from all viewpoints.
In order to create a lush and luxurious look for this semi-formal centrepiece, a colour scheme in the rich, warm colours of velvet has been used; choose the flowers for your arrangement from a selection such as anemones, roses, Euphorbia fulgent and flowering shrub, and foliage such as eucalyptus. Here, a wide-necked, bulbous pot was painted to give a feeling of nineteenth-century opulence, but a brass, copper or pewter pot, or any container in black, dark red, deep blue, purple or forest green would be equally suitable. A surface of polished wood makes the perfect complement to this jewel-bright arrangement.
- Gather together the flowers and foliage, pot and all the materials that you will need: a piece of plastic-covered florist’s wire-mesh netting, narrow florist’s adhesive tape, scissors and florist’s scissors.
- Crumple the wire-mesh netting into a neat ball and press it into the top of the container. Secure it in place by threading 2 strips of florist’s adhesive tape through the wire, crisscrossing them in the center and sticking them to the top of the pot, where the ends will he concealed by the overhanging plant materials. Arrange the foliage to make a full shape all around the pot. Turn the container to check that the leaves are distributed evenly on all sides.
- Work on one-quarter of the arrangement at a time. Place short stems of euphorbia to arch over the side of the container at different levels. Next, position the anemones all around the center, alternating their colors to heighten the interest, and the spray carnations fairly close to the container rim. Position the fully opened roses at the heart of the design.
- Compose the opposite side in a similar way, and fill in the gaps with short sprays of variegated foliage to separate the rich, deep colors of the flowers.
- Turn the container around and repeat the design on the reverse, matching the first side in essence if not in detail. When you feel that the arrangement is complete, give it a final inspection and make any minor adjustments as necessary
Fixing Florist’s Wire-Mesh Netting
- Preparing a container in this way helps to anchor stems of fresh or dried flowers in a casual and informal design.
- Gather your materials: a container with a large aperture, plastic-covered florist’s wire-mesh netting, wire-cutters, narrow florist’s adhesive tape and scissors.
- Crumple the wire netting into a ball and place it in the neck of the container. If you wish to position some of the stems to slant at a low angle, ease the wire so that it forms a mound extending slightly the level of the container rim. Remember that you will have to position the lowest of the plant materials so that they conceal this holding material from view.
- Cut 2 lengths of tape slightly longer than the diameter of the container’s opening. Thread the first strip under the wire in 2places, take it across the container, and stick it to the rim on each side. Cross the second strip at right-angles to the first and fix it in the same way. Threading the tape under the wire will ensure that the ball of wire does not slip down into the container.