In this design, I have used several types of manipulated foliage, woven, and plaited. The container is a tall gold vase, with floral foam for the mechanics. For the height, I have used some stems of fennel, and some Phormium tenax purpurea leaves. On the left of the design, I have used some Kentia palm leaves, which have been plaited (see detail below) and on the right is a looped plait of Leymus arenarius, a grey-green grass. At the front of the design is a swathe of woven Xerophyllum tenax (Bear Grass), which has been brought down in front of the vase to give another texture (see detail below). To bring the colour of the vase through the design, I have added some gold-sprayed Corylus avellana 'Contorta' (Contorted Hazel) stems. On the right of the design, though not very clear in the picture, are some skeletonized Ficus religiosa (Bo Tree) leaves, which have been sprayed gold, and stuck onto some gold paper-covered wire stems. (There is a detailed photo of this below.) Flowers used were red Roses, red Carnations, purple Lissianthus (syn. Eustoma), and red mini Gerberas, with the foliage of Heuchera 'Stormy Seas' and Fatshedera lizei.
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