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How to Arrange the Perfect Bouquet of Roses

There are few things that you can use to adorn your table that are more beautiful than a bouquet of roses. However, bringing a bundle of these blooms home from the florist shop is a far cry from the arrangement that you have in mind, and purchasing a ready-made bouquet might cost more money than you are willing to spend. So what is the solution? A do-it-yourself guide that will give you step by step instructions on arranging your own perfect bouquet of roses. Once you know the basics of arranging these showy flowers, you will never again be left wanting for the most suitable centerpiece for your next dinner party.

Step One: Select the Right Flowers

The first step in arranging your bouquet of roses is to select the proper flowers for your grouping. Find stems that are firm and blooms that have healthy petals, and choose those that are just beginning to open up. It is also a good idea to select a couple of different types of greens for your bouquet of roses, and including differing shades of green will add interest and dimension to your arrangement. You can also choose another species of flower or two that will help to fill out your arrangement while complimenting the beauty and fragrance of your star roses. Alstromeria, miniature carnations or spray mums might all be good choices here.

Step Two: Filling your Vase

The vase is another important selection that can make a difference in the success of your bouquet of roses. Choose a container with a wide enough mouth to hold all of the flowers and greens that you want to place in your arrangement, and select one of the proper height and style. A good rule of thumb to follow is to use a vase that will make up one-half to one-third of the total height of your bouquet of roses. Once you have chosen your vase, you can fill it with warm water and add a floral preservative. Now it is time to begin adding your foundational greens.

Begin by laying your greenery in a nearly horizontal position in the vase. The greens that are placed in the center of the bouquet of roses can stand more upright. As you insert your stems, make sure that each is submerged in the water, and actually crisscross to form a good base for your flowers. The roses will be the next item to add to your bouquet of roses, but make sure that you recut each stem at a diagonal before inserting your flowers into the vase. The roses should lay at about a 45 degree angle around the sides of your bouquet of roses, and become more upright in the center of your arrangement.

Finally, you can add your secondary greens around your roses, and then add additional roses among these to fill in the blank spots. Your complimentary flowers can then be inserted throughout your bouquet of roses for additional color and texture. You now have a beautiful centerpiece for your dining room table with your do-it-yourself bouquet of roses.


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