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Learn How to Create Arrangements to Honor Mothers on Their Special Day

Propose a toast to moms on their special day whether you choose pink champagne or pink grapefruit juice.  I have chosen to use pink stemware.  One of the containers is a pink champagne flute.  The other is a pink dessert dish.  I, of course have chosen to honor moms by filling the glassware with flowers…are you surprised?

Pink roses and white carnations are my choice for this very special day.  The flowers are fully hydrated after soaking for 45 minutes in warm water, so it’s time to start the design process.  No floral foam is needed.  The only tool needed is a floral clipper and the only accessory is a one half inch pink satin ribbon to tie around the stem of the champagne flute.

Let’s begin with the dessert dish.  The empty dish is four and one half inches wide and five inches tall.  The dish will hold six white carnations, five pink roses, and six stems of small white blossoms.

Start by placing the six carnations.  Anchor the carnations in the dish by “criss-crossing” the stems.  Next, add the five pink roses so that they are held in place.  The positioning of the stems will form a nice focal point.  The finished height is nine inches tall and six inches wide.

So on to the champagne flute.  The empty flute is nine inches tall and 2 inches wide.  Start by adding two white carnations.  Next, add the four pink roses and six stems of small white blossoms.  Remember to create a focal point.  In this case, the pink satin ribbon tied around the stem of the flute is somewhat of a second focal point.  The finished height is twelve inches and the finished width is six inches.

Do any of you horticulturists recognize the small white blossoms?  If not, let me help you.  They grow on holly bushes or trees at this time of year, and if someone like me doesn’t rob the bushes they will become red berries!

Remember to celebrate Moms on their very special day!

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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