This is an easy arrangement. As easy as 1, 2, 3. Hey I did it - just sayin'. Let's look at the easy steps:
Step #1 - Soak a brick of oasis in water. It only takes a few minutes to soak up the water. Put the wet oasis in your container. I chose an old ceramic butter crock. Cut to desired height with a knife.
*Tip - Next time I would estimate the height of the oasis before soaking so I didn't waste so much. Also instead of cutting the oasis the same height as the container I would leave it a little taller.
*Tips - Cut your stem at diagonal, then cut a vertical notch apprx 1" up the stem.
Step #2 - Remove the outer petals that might look a little shabby. Don't worry about being too gentle. You can make your roses look much fuller by just opening them up with your fingers, pulling the petals outward for a more open look.
Step #3 - Starting in the center insert your first rose and simply circle around it with your others. To fill in any empty spots, I used some pittosporum (shrub) cuttings and some red berries from the yard.
I want to tell you how this all came about. Unexpected kindness is the nicest kind of blessing and just last week I was the recipient. I really don't know if the givers knows just how special she made me feel and how much that gift meant.
My friend Wanda was the giver. Out of the blue she just told me that she had a Winn-Dixie gift card she had won but couldn't use, since there wasn't a WD in her town, and she wanted me to have it. We've never met in person, but I found out a long time ago that blog friends can be the closest of friends. Always wanting to be there for each other and my readers are the best.
Wanda's one act of kindness gave me joy in so many ways.
- I can't describe how much it touched my heart to know she though of me to be her recipient.
- I was able to treat myself with something special.
- It provided even more joy resulting from the satisfaction of creating an arrangement even I could be proud of.
Thank you again Wanda. Maybe I'll just save the rest of the gift card and do the same thing for a few more weeks. Aaaahhhh.