All-righty. So, for this arrangement, I used what was left over from my Home Depot flower-run that didn’t go into the Treasure-Box arrangement. This was about a dozen roses, one bunch of tuberose, and just over one bunch of carnations. I also decided to pull in some hydrangea and jasmine vine from the garden. If you don’t have hydrangea growing in the garden, you can find it quite often in cut bunches at the usual stores (Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, farmers’ markets, etc.). The more local your blooms are sourced from, the better. Buying an actual hydrangea plant from one of these places is another option, as long as you get one with several blooms on it (like 3 or 4). If you don’t have jasmine vine growing in your garden, just skip that element–it isn’t a deal-breaker.
I chose a pretty wicker container with a glass vase set inside of it. The vase portion measures about 6 inches tall by 4 inches wide. Any similarly-sized vessel will do.
Next, I butchered some hydrangea from the yard, and then set it asymmetrically into the container:
Then I cut my roses to varying lengths between 6 and 8 inches and inserted them in concentrated, off-centered clusters amongst the hydrangea. Don’t try to put the roses in in an even distribution–it will never look even, so just give in to the lopsidedness. Embrace the lopsidedness.
Tuck in the carnations and tuberose in the same manner, being sure to remove any leaves or blooms that might fall beneath the water line.
Wiggle your flowers in and out to achieve a soft, mounded shape. Then screw that all up by tucking in some random bits of jasmine vine (if you’ve got it or something similar to clip from your yard).
Hopefully, you’re left with a lovely-smelling, romantic garden-style arrangement (obtained mostly from Home Depot). If it doesn’t wind up looking exactly like the photo above, don’t fret. I only blog about the ones that turn out well….and the ones that don’t always look better after a couple glasses of wine. I’m just sayin’….