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Veggies Take Centre-stage ( Flower Decorations)


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One of the most charming ways to a center-piece for your dining table is by combining fresh vegetables and flowers, says sonal panchmatia.

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Makes 1 decoration


Ingredients


Things You Will Need
a glass vase or a piece of plastic pipe or a glass jar- about 6"-8" wide and 12"-15" in length
floral foam , a big piece
spring onions , thin even-sized_spell! stems
filler sprays of asparagus ferns_spell!
other such delicate varieties
cotton cord (rope_
floral cutters or scissors
flowers of your choice

Method
  1. Snip off about 2-inches of the lilium stems and put them in fresh water for half an hour. Handle flowers and vegetables for your arrangement with care as they can bruise easily.
  2. Wipe the spring onions dry before you start, so that they stick firmly on the tape. Choose spring onions of the same thickness and remove the fine top layer to give them cleaned bright look.
  3. Wrap the double sided tape around the plastic pipe and start placing the spring onions at a slight slant, so that they don't all stick up straight.
  4. After you've placed the first layer of the spring onions, tuck the green tops into the hollow of the container.
  5. Now wrap masking tape around the base of this first layer of onions, and stick on a second layer a little higher than the first. You can stop at a single layer, but the second layer does lend more fullness to the arrangement.
  6. Soak the floral foam well in water and insert it inside the mouth of the container; it should stay level with the rim. This ensures that the foam is held firmly and yet does not show.
  7. Hold each flower stem next to your vase and gauge how much you'll need to trim. Cut the lilium stems to about 6" in height. Suing a sharp knife, cut stems at a 45 degrees angle so that they won't sit flat in the vase. This allows for better water absorption.
  8. Strip off any leaves that will touch the wet foam, as these will begin to rot soon. Start by arranging the flower stems around the circumference of the foam.
  9. Add the mock chrysanthemums to fill in the gaps between the liliums so that the arrangement appears fuller.
  10. On the edges where the foam may be showing add some foliage like asparagus ferns or any other such fine leaves. Now for the finishing touch, take a thick cotton white rope and brush it with a little gold paint.
  11. Tie it around the arrangement like a casual knot. This will help to keep the onions in place and also break the monotony of the lower portion of the arrangement.
  12. Keep the entire arrangement away from drafts, direct sun, and excessive heat.
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