I teamed up with the amazingly talented Brian Watson, owner of Myrtie Blue, to bring you some inspiration for summer centerpiece ideas. The beauty of this is that the only flowers that Brian purchased for this centerpiece were the roses. The rest were found foliage and vines from around the garden in his yard. Here is how Brian did it!
● FAVORITE CENTERPIECE BOWL OR COMPOTE
● OASIS FLORAL FOAM – ALTERNATIVELY YOU CAN USE A FLORAL FROG AND CHICKEN WIRE
● FLORIST BOWL TAPE
● FLORAL KNIFE
● GARDEN PRUNERS
● DOZEN ROSES OF CHOICE FROM YOUR GROCER
● SELECTION OF GARDEN CLIPPINGS; WE USED:
○ HEUCHERELLA FOLIAGE
○ BLOOMING AZALEA
○ BEAR CLAW FERN
○ “LADY BANKS” ROSE
○ BLOOMING SPIREA
○ BLOOMING VINCA VINE
○ LOROPETALUM FOLIAGE
○ BLOOMING BLUEBERRY
1. Buy a dozen roses from your grocer. Choose a color that makes you happy! Keep them in water until you are ready to arrange them.
2. Then head to the garden in the cool of the morning or evening and forage! Cut fromyour favorite plants. If you cut in the middle of the day chances are the cuttings will suffer from stress and not survive as long as you might like. Be judicious about where you cut so that you plants remain beautiful and well shaped after cutting.
3. Choose both blooming and non-blooming plants. The variety is amazing once you really look around your garden. If you don’t have access to a garden, then visit a garden center. There are always plenty of plants to cut and forage from at most any
garden center. Plunge the cut ends into cool to tepid water for safe keeping.
4. Prepare you container. If using floral foam, float it in water prepared with floral preservative or a little sugary soda water and a tiny bit bleach. Tape the foam into the bowl.
5. Begin your arrangement. Start by inserting a few stems from the garden that might define the breadth or length of your centerpiece. Make secure and firm insertions into the foam about 12” deep.
6. Be conscious of how the plants appear in nature or how the stems layer themselves amongst each other. This will help your arrangement to take on that natural garden appeal.
7. Continue adding your garden cuttings moving back and forth from end to end and side to side; keeping in mind that the core of your arrangement will be a dozen roses and provide real central mass and focus to the finished piece.
8. Add shorter stems between longer ones to create depth and dimension.
9. When you have something that looks almost finished, add your roses. Place then mostly in the core of your arrangement, creating focus and mass. You have a dozen at your disposal, so feel free to experiment a little with placement.
10. Before you know it, you have a gorgeous garden foraged arrangement featuring a dozen roses from the grocer.
Enjoy the photo story of Brian’s step-by-step guide to putting together this gorgeous arrangement!