Informal Rose Arrangement
Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2003
Martha uses lady's mantle (Alchemilla mollis) to surround the roses. Lady's mantle produces delicate chartreuse flowers in the springtime and makes a pretty accompaniment to the roses, which have white blossoms with green centers.
To create this simple, unconstructed arrangement, place the blooms in the container without a flower frog, and fill any empty spaces with lady's mantle.
Always pick your flowers from the garden in the morning or evening -- not in the afternoon, when they're stressed from the heat.
Strip the stems of thorns, and any foliage that will be below the water level. It is best to cut the stems at an angle while immersed in water, to prolong the freshness of the blooms.