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This arrangement is a horizontal design, which would be suitable for a table centre, or wedding top table design, or a window ledge, or a funeral tribute (known in the floristry trade as a double-ended funeral spray). It is made using a plastic rectangular container, with floral foam for the mechanics. The design should be no more than 9" tall at its highest point. I have defined the oval shape using foliage of Cotoneaster, Mahonia, and a visually stronger foliage of pink-tinged Cordyline. Some Ivy foliage strengthens the centre of the design and helps to cover the mechanics. I have used four deep pink Gladioli, cut into sections, to establish the length, and for the centre of the design. Gladioli should have the top few buds removed to prevent the stems bending upwards when arranged horizontally. Five stems of pink Singapore orchids were used to fill in. Seven green 'Prado' Carnations form the focal flowers and are arranged in a wavy diagonal line across the design. I've added some seed pods of Euphorbia lathyrus to give added interest and texture. Finally, a small amount of Gypsophila has been added as a filler.


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