You can create a striking arrangement with a cluster of a single type of flower, such as the showy, bowl-shaped ranunculus. Ranunculuses resemble small peonies and produce densely petaled blooms in a range of colors, including white, yellow, orange, red, and pink; they are usually available in late winter and early spring.
When buying them, look for flowers with buds that show color and are about to open. Martha chooses a small vase with a tapered top and fluted mouth to arrange Ranunculus asiaticus, also known as Persian buttercup.
To arrange, begin with a clean vase, fill it with room-temperature water, and add flower food.
Remove any leaves that will fall below the waterline to prevent rot and bacterial growth, which shortens bloom life.
Hold the flowers next to the vase to gauge the stems’ desired height before cutting them.
Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle using a sharp knife or bypass pruners.
Change the water every couple of days, adding flower food each time.