Mexican Fiesta Flower Arrangement
Teeming with an assortment of brightly hued blooms, this lush and festive arrangement makes an ideal centerpiece for a Mexican-style fiesta. Although most of the flowers Martha uses -- zinnias, salvias, dahlias, and China asters -- originated north of the border, their dramatic, almost-explosive colors are sure to make your guests feel as if they're dining on the beaches of Cancun or at the Mazatlan carnival.
- Vase or container
- Flower frog
- Cut-flower food
- Assorted zinnias, such as Z. elegans 'Radiant Orange,' 'Radiant Purple,' 'Lilac,' 'Radiant White,' and Z. haageana 'Persian Carpet'
- Assorted dahlias, such as D. 'Thomas Jefferson,' 'Fern Irene,' and 'Sunny Yellow'
- Assorted China asters, such as Callistephus chinensis 'Matsumoto'
- Assorted salvias, such as S. farinacea 'Victoria'
- Sharp knife or bypass pruners
Fill the vase or container with fresh, room-temperature water, and add the flower frog and the cut-flower food. Making sure to handle the flowers with care, hold each stem up next to the vase to gauge how much you'll need to trim. Using a sharp knife or bypass pruners, cut stems at a 45-degree angle, then remove any leaves that will fall below the waterline.
Arrange the flowers, adding each to the arrangement, stem by stem. Recondition the blooms every 2 to 3 days: Recut the stems, change the water, and add cut-flower food. Keep in a cool spot, away from direct sunlight.