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Mexican Fiesta Flower Arrangement

Introduction

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.

Materials

  • 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

Steps

  1. Step 1

    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.

  2. Step 2

    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.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show

Reviews (25)

  • rock63roll64 5 May, 2010

    ENOUGH OF THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS! !!!!NOT EVERYTHING WORKS FOR EVERYONE ALL OF THE TIME.SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO MAKE SUBSTITUTIONS FOR ONE THING OR ANOTHER. PUT YOUR THINKING CAPS ON FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE! YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE EXACT. THE IDEAS YOU GET HERE ARE GOOD AND YOU CAN COME UP WITH YOUR OWN ADDITIONS OR SUBTRACTIONS, WHATEEVER THE CASE MAY BE. BE NICE!!!!!!

  • Katie_Moor 5 May, 2010

    Since when are dahlias or zinnias available in early May? Iris are blooming in my garden right now... my dahlias are barely out of the ground and I grow over a dozen varieties... Maybe she should have made some paper flowers for this one...

  • mysker 5 May, 2010

    FYI and shame on you1 Mexican Merigoldes, dahlias, roses and plantain flowers are readily available and used in true Mexican arrangements.

  • Boomai 5 May, 2010

    what is a flower frog??

  • missydarl 7 May, 2009

    fresh zinnias in MN in early May???? say wah????

  • Christine56 5 May, 2009

    I just saw beautiful fresh zinnias at the farmers market on Sunday (St Paul, MN)

  • 8564606 5 May, 2009

    Oh come on where do you find zinnias this time of year

  • EWD 5 May, 2009

    Michaels Arts and Crafts stores sell these and you can even get the floral designer to do the arrangements in silk flowers for you.

  • BGoole 13 May, 2008

    It looks to me like a Fiestaware tea pot. They come in 12 colors and are on the JCPenney website.

  • TravelingTParty 7 May, 2008

    Could you please tell me where you got the vase, I love it.
    vicki257@aol.com

  • TriciaJay 5 May, 2008

    I'm not Mexican but I love the style and I think this is Mexican. You got red, orange, yellow and fushia. This may not be not Mexican pottery but the colors work if you ask me..

  • Bettybo 4 May, 2008

    Sorry you felt it didn't look Mexican. I am Mexican too and I thought the colors were vibrant and very colorful and reminded me of home. Hope you enjoy it anyway.

  • yara_ramirez 4 May, 2008

    In n n n m mexican, this doesn n n n nt look mexican at all, but it is nice, I would have it at my place. I would add more variety of colors, which is what mexican culture is all about, colors.

  • ulihelisdi 3 May, 2008

    This link will tell you what a flower frog is. I didn't know either, so I looked it up for the both of us. (smiles)

    http://everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1085361

  • gramajune 3 May, 2008

    THAT HS BEAUTIFUL AND COLORFUL, THANK U MARTHA...JUNEINGLENDORA

  • bau3r 3 May, 2008

    A floral frog holds individual flowers in arrangements in place and can be made of a variety of materials. Traditional frogs are made of glass, metal and ceramic material, but frogs can be fashioned from vines, wire, tape, florist foam, marbles, rocks, shells or even hard berries.

  • mlmiller 3 May, 2008

    My zinnias will be in blossom in about 2-3 moa. In the meantime, nice looking
    artificial blossoms are available.
    Gma ML

  • irisheyes309 3 May, 2008

    A flower frog is something that is put in the bottom of the vase to hold the stems in place. I am not sure where to buy one new. I bought mine at the flea market or antique shop. Some are clear glass discs with holes, there are also metal ones that have pin like projections sticking up and other ones that are more cage like. You can probably find examples if you "Google" floral frogs. You can also take floral tape and make a grid on the top of your vase to keep flowers in place.

  • Kate430_1 3 May, 2008

    Is there a recipe for "cut flower food" that we can make at home?

  • Hmmmmmmmmm 3 May, 2008

    It is a device- usually metal with prongs in the middle- that you put in the bottom of the container. You poke the flowers on to it, and they will stay where you put them. It looks kind of like an upside down milk bottle cap with common pins sticking up from it. Really handy.

  • marybudd 3 May, 2008

    PS. You can buy frogs in all sizes and shapes in a florist or florist supply shop, but if you do not have one, you can use narrow masking or book-binding tape to create a criss cross pattern over the rim of your vase or pot and then set stems into the holes in the criss-cross pattern. Arrange flowers over any tape that shows on the vase or pot or cover with a ribbon. Tape works fine and is used by maby flower shops as an alternative to oasis or frogs.

  • BarbiCards 3 May, 2008

    I also have flower frogs that are round and glass with holes in them. As the other reader said, they go in the bottom of the vase to hold the flowers upright.

  • marybudd 3 May, 2008

    A frog is the gizmo made of glass or metal that holds flower stems firmly in the bottom of a vase or pot. Glass frogs have holes for the stems to be inserted in, metal frogs have metal pins that you can insert stems between, or stick the stems on. You use frogs instead of oasis, the green stuff that gets crumbly over time and use.

  • brandihawkins 3 May, 2008

    A flower frog is a little square with what looks like pins coming out of it. It can be different shapes. Place in the bottom and stick the flowers in it. It helps the flowers stay in place and stand up instead of dropping off to the sides of the vase

  • mammienado 3 May, 2008

    what is a flower frog