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Learn How to Create Floral Arrangements in Warm, Sunny Colors

To me, August is a transition month.  The month usually starts out as a really warm month, but as the month wears on, there may be a feel of fall in the air.  One might even see yellow school buses picking up students to return to school.

Personally, I love that time and I am very fond of yellow.  I have a yellow secretary desk and a yellow wicker chair that are two of my favorite pieces of furniture.  So to share my love of yellow, I have chosen to work with flowers in shades of yellow and orange.  For flowers, I have chosen orange Asiatic lilies, yellow alstroemeria, and black eyed susans, plus greenery.

For containers, I have chosen a white ceramic tankard that is five and one half inches tall and also five and one half inches wide.  I have also chosen a pewter vase that is five and one half inches tall four and a half inches wide.

For tools and accessories, I used a glass as a liner for the pewter vase, a knife or a pair of clippers to cut flowers, narrow clear tape to hold the blossoms of alstroemeria in a tight bundle, and yellow ribbon to tie a bow on the handle of the tankard, if that look appeals to you.

The flowers are fully hydrated, so I am now ready to begin the designs. The tankard does not need a liner or Oasis.  I used three stems of Asiatic lilies, four stems of yellow alstroemeria, seven black-eyed susans, plus six stems of greenery to create this design.

Start by creating a focal point near the rim of the tankard. This can be created by clustering a tight grouping of three orange Asiatic lilies. Use the narrow clear tape to hold the blossoms in place.  Use the same technique to hold the alstroemeria blossoms in place.  Continue by adding four stems of alstroemeria.  Next, add seven black eyed susans, and six stems of greenery.

The finished height of the tankard is eleven inches and the finished width is fourteen inches.  This is basically an arrangement intended to be viewed from the front only.  Tie a yellow satin ribbon on the handle if this is a look that appeals to you.

So let’s move on to the pewter container.  The empty container is five and one half inches tall and four and one half inches wide.  Remember that metallic ions in the water are detrimental to flowers, so the container will need a liner.  I happen to have a small glass that drops into the pewter vase and fits perfectly!

As always, create a focal point.  For those who may be new to floral design, this is something that your eye automatically focuses on.  It is a matter of balance in floral design.

To create this design, I used two stems of orange Asiatic lilies, four stems of yellow alstroemeria, six black eyed susans, and four stems of greenery.  As always, create a focal point.  For those who may be new to floral design, this is something that your eye will automatically focus on.  It is a matter of balance in floral design.  The finished height is 11 inches and the finished width is 9 inches.

I hope you will try creating a little sunshine in someone’s life!

by Evelyn Kinville, Behnke’s Garden Blogger

 

 

Stephanie Fleming

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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