FLORAL DESIGNS
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Design 304

This is a vertical style design, which is a very slender triangle, and should not be more than two or three inches wider than the container. If this was to be made for a competition using NAFAS rules, then the arrangement should be no wider than the container. However, as this is just for the home, we don't need to worry too much about the width! I have used a tall round gold-coloured pottery container, with floral foam for the mechanics. The height is established using Phormium tenax purpurea, with some pieces of twisted Hazel (Corylus avellana 'Contorta'). The shape is defined using Lonicera 'Bagesson's Gold'. Some larger Ivy leaves are used at the base, to give visual weight and to help cover the mechanics. Seven pale green 'Prado' Carnations form the focal flowers, with pale cream Lissianthus (Eustoma) being used as secondary flowers. I've added some seed heads of Anemone japonica to give added interest, and a few shorter pieces of Corylus avellana 'Contorta' for added rhythm. Two dark leaves of Heuchera 'Plum Pudding' have been used in the centre to give visual depth, and a few small pieces of Buxus (Box) help to fill in any gaps.


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