Floral arrangements made simple

New Orleans, LA(Zone 8b)

I just wanted to share an arrangement I like to make with alstroemeria lilies. They're easy to make and very inexpensive. All you need is a small piece of oasis foam that would fit snug into a ceramic flower pot. Make sure it's snug...or it will float when you add water. There are other methods to keep the foam from floating, but this is about keeping it simple. I arranged the stems so that the flowers formed a round ball at the top. Then cut the ends evenly and keeping them together, I pierced them into the center of the oasis. Tied a ribbon at the base of the flowers to hold the shape and filled the bottom with golden aster and left over lilies (cut short) to hide the oasis. I spent $6.66 (3 bunches of flowers for $10.00) on the flowers. I used about a third of a brick of foam, which costs around 1.00/per brick. The pot and ribbon I had on hand.....which makes the total of the arrangement around $7.00! In the picture, I placed the pot into a larger glass vase to keep water from splattering all over the place when I go to "water" it. The foam can dry out fast. This simple arrangement makes a great gift for someone in need of cheering up or a great centerpiece for the table or fireplace. Anyway, if this inspires you to go out and make one, please share a picture of your version for everyone to see!!!

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london England, United Kingdom

That looks very good Karma, I will have a go! I don't have any Alstomeras at the moment, what else could I use?
Thanks for adding something 'new'! It's a great idea.

london England, United Kingdom

Well, here's mine! I used Gladioli and decorative red wire.

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Indianapolis, IN(Zone 5b)

Great idea! And something we can (cheaply) do when we're out of flowers for the season, which is probably something we Northerners worry about more than you two. :)

I can see I'm going to have to get some oasis tomorrow so I have some on hand.


New Orleans, LA(Zone 8b)

Very nice Terri. Didn't know that can be done with glads!

Suzy, does that mean you will try one for us? I found one online for 49.95....crazy! http://www.ginnysgifts.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=70&products_id=1170&zenid=4ce68bcb3dd87a06079e8b4c3a05f8c9

Indianapolis, IN(Zone 5b)

I like either of yours better than Ginny's. They are in better scale and have more charm.

Yes, I'll try one, soon. Today is my day with my elderly mother, so it won't be today.


New Orleans, LA(Zone 8b)

Suzy, hope you had a great day with your mother. I look forward to seeing your version of the topiary...take your time and have fun!

Brookside, NJ(Zone 6b)

My first post on Dave's Garden! This is a bouquet I made for church last Sunday, but I think it speaks for me - simple arrangement, common flowers - 'cut and come again' zinnias, echinacea, Queen Anne's Lace and pachysandra, in a natural container. I had spent the afternoon digging out pachysandra to put in some more interesting shade ground covers.

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Issaquah, WA(Zone 7a)

Welcome HPreston! Your basket is right up my simple alley and I love the contents. Very refreshing and soothing. I don't have time for topiaries, but I so appreciate all your collective creative effots here.

london England, United Kingdom

Welcome HPreston, from me too. Thankyou for showing us your fresh basket of flowers. You have created a lovely
shape and the basket really suits the design.Hope to see more!

Warren, PA(Zone 5a)

Lovely basket of flowers, HPreston! I'm sure that was warmly received by your congregation.

Karma, I like your idea in the initial post of this thread...namely, to help encourage us about some of the materials and techniques that go into the arrangements. Terri has done some excellent work with that as well. I find it quite interesting to peer "behind the curtain" as it were and see what some of the basic approaches are to creating nice arrangements.

Looking forward to more.

New Orleans, LA(Zone 8b)

Welcome HPrestion. I agree with terriculture. Lovely basket of flowers you created. I hope there will be many many more posts to come!

Poochella, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to view our arrangements and letting us know that it's appreciated!

Bdale, I miss reading your comments on here. Thanks. I do hope people will feel more encouraged to make floral arrangements when they see how easy it really is.

london England, United Kingdom

Nice to see people chatting!
BDale, I think that is a very good idea, to see how things are made. I have thought about doing step by step
of how I have made things, but I didn't want to bore people by making the postings too long winded!
If you think it's a good idea, I will show how I make mine!

I have noticed that we all have our favourite 'style' of arrangements, we have 'Traditional' and 'Modern' designs
in my opinion, both are valid and both are exiting and there is always something to learn when viewing each other's

New Orleans, LA(Zone 8b)

Terri, I would love for you to do that! Sometimes, I wonder how in the world you managed to do some of the things you do. It would be swell if you had time to show us! I love traditional as well as contemporary...I'm not sure what my favorite is...can you tell by what I've made?

london England, United Kingdom

Karma, that is difficult to say because you have done both! I like your style for that reason, you have not become
fixed into a style, it is still developing! and now exiting is that. All I will say is your choice of containers are modern
so that tends to make your work look contemporary.
Keep doing your wonderful work and sharing your ideas with us.!
It depends on what the occasion the flowers are intended for,which will help you to decide what style is suitable to use.

london England, United Kingdom

Karma, I was wondering if you do any other 'crafty' things? I usually make cards to go with my arrangements so the
person receiving has a picture of the flowers too!

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New Orleans, LA(Zone 8b)

Terri, how do you do that? Do you do it from your computer, or hands on? That sounds like a nice idea. I think there's a crafts forum on here that I've been meaning to check out. I wish I had the time to do crafts, although when the occasion arises, I do spend a lot of time gift wrapping.

london England, United Kingdom

Hi Karma, Well I don't know how to 'scan' yet, as I only got my compuer not long before I found you!

My camera has a small printer with it, so I buy blank cards, print the photo's and stick them onto the cards.
Some I cut up and play about with, using dirrerent backgrounds and collage materials, dried flower's etc..

I can just imagine you making elegant gift wrappings! I'm a bit rough when it comes to wrapping!

london England, United Kingdom

A simple arrangement of garden flowers in water.
Russian vine and Dahlia's

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london England, United Kingdom

Dahlia's, Roses, Anemone,Russian vine, Conifer

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london England, United Kingdom

Conifer, phlox,roses anemone and Dahlia's

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london England, United Kingdom

All green arrangement

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New Orleans, LA(Zone 8b)

Terri, that is too cool what you did with the foliage. I love it. . .but this thread is about making it simple. . .so I want to see how you did it!!!!

london England, United Kingdom

I knew I put it in the wrong thread but I couldn't think where to put it at the time.!
The big Aspidistra leaves were wired and taped at the back, that meant I could manipulate them to make the corrugated shapes.The rest was sprigs of various greenery from around the garden.

New Orleans, LA(Zone 8b)

Terri, I don't mind at all. Just teasing you. Although it does look really difficult to do. . .you're really meticulous and artistic. I love it.

london England, United Kingdom

Thanks Karma!
Gerberas wrapped in laurel leaves.... simple!

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Primos, PA

Here is mine with red dahlias and Simple white vases..

birthday hampers
60th birthday hampers

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Sacramento, CA(Zone 9a)

Mickwallion - thanks for resurrecting this thread. I have not seen it before. I like things nice and simple too.

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