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Learn How to Create Arrangements for Father’s Day and the Arrival of Summer

In honor of father’s, I have chosen two rustic containers.  One is a stone mortar from a mortar and pestle set.  The other is a clay juice pitcher.

For flowers, I have chosen carnations and roses, both in sunny shades of corals, tinged with yellow.  The flowers are now fully hydrated.  They have been soaking in warm water for 45 minutes.

Let’s start with the stone pot.  The empty stone needs a small block of Oasis.  The arrangement is made with three carnations, three roses, and six stems of foliage.

Start by placing three carnations.  Next, add the three roses.  You can add the six stems of foliage, but be sure to create a focal point as you add materials.  The only tool needed is a pair of floral clippers.  The finished height of the stone container is nine and one half inches.  The finished width is fourteen inches.

Next comes the clay pitcher.  The empty clay pitcher is six and one half inches tall.  It does not need Oasis because the opening of the pitcher holds preservative water nicely.  The width of the pitcher at its widest is five and one half inches wide.

It holds three carnations, five roses, and six pieces of flowers and foliage.  The finished height of the clay pitcher arrangement is twelve inches tall and the finished width is also twelve inches in width.

I wish all you fathers a wonderful Father’s Day…and remember, men enjoy flowers too!  Have a wonderful summer too!

by Evelyn Kinville, Behnke’s Garden Blogger

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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