Viburnum is a flower that particularly impressed Martha when she visited the Aalsmeer Flower Auction in the Netherlands. Also known as European snowball, these shrubs produce lovely pale-green tufts of flowers that fade to white as the blooms age. Inspired by green viburnum, Martha decided to create a beautiful all-green arrangement with this and other flowers she ordered from Aalsmeer.
To make a similar arrangement, use a variety of green or green-tinged flowers (the flowers Martha chose are listed below).
1. Arrange your flowers in a clean vase full of cool water with a packet of floral preservative or a teaspoon of sugar and a drop of bleach added to it.
2. Use a floral frog to hold the stems in place; you can also cut a piece of chicken wire a bit larger than the diameter of your container, fold the ends under, and insert it just inside the opening of your container for this purpose.
3. Cut stems at a forty-five degree angle to provide more surface area for water absorption, and remove any foliage below water level.
4. First add the fluffy viburnum flowers to the container.Then, add medium-size blooms such as carnations and tulips. Once the final proportions of the arrangement are clear, insert several tall spikes of bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis) and fills out the arrangement with small green Buepleurum.
When you notice the water becoming cloudy, replace it, and recut the stems of the flowers.
Green Flower Guide
False Queen Anne's lace or bishop's weed (Ammi majus)
Bells of Ireland (Moluccella laevis)
Recut the stems of these flowers frequently, to prevent the spike tip from drooping. Watch out for their prickly stems.
Martha uses this small green flower as ''filler'' for her arrangement. Other small flowers and interesting foliage that work well as filler in arrangements include lady's mantle (Alchemilla), asters, annual asters (Callestephus), ferns, ivy, forget-me-nots (Mysotis), euphorbia, and ferny asparagus foliage.
Remove the thorns with a sharp knife, working from the top down, which puts less stress on the stem. If the roses look limp, submerge them in a bath of cool water for several hours, their stems covered with a towel.
Green Cymbidium orchids
Buy these orchids when most of the flowers on the spike have opened, with the top bud just at the threshold of opening up. Frequent misting will prolong the cut flowers' lives. Build your arrangement to complement these exotic blooms, or -- as Martha did upon viewing them -- reserve them to be displayed stunningly on their own.
Pale-green French (Long-Stemmed) Tulips
Pale-green parrot tulips
Cut carnations between the nodes of the stem.
Green Flower Buying Tip
Buy when the flowers' overall color is light green. Slice into the bottom of the woody stem with a knife to help the flowers absorb as much water as possible.