(Afternoon Beginner's Class, 16.9.08)
This is a traditional style posy table arrangement. It is made in a clear plastic dish, with floral foam for the mechanics. This type of arrangement is suitable for a small side table or coffee table, or as a centrepiece for wedding reception tables. It also makes a charming gift to give to a hostess. The floral foam was cut to fit the dish, so that it is about 2" higher than the rim of the dish. The shape of the arrangement was first defined with linear foliage (Cotoneaster), arranged in a circular shape, and slightly domed over the top of the design. Other fine leaved foliage such as Lonicera nitida or Eucalypus could be used instead. The first flowers used were six white Roses for the focal flowers, arranged with five stems around the outside, and one in the centre. Five stems of pale pink spray Carnations were then added, and one stem of white spray Chrysanthemums for recession. Some pink Sedum "Autumn Joy" from the garden was added to give texture and interest. To finish the design, I have used a stem of deep pink Waxflower as a filler and to add variation of form to the design. Other small fillers such as Gypsophila could be used instead.
It's important to check the shape of a posy arrangement frequently, to ensure that it is circular. I find the best way to do this is to place the arrangement on the floor and look directly over it. This will soon show you if any adjustments to the shape need to be made. Check also that it is nicely domed in shape, but not too high or pointed.