Two stars of the garden -- Asiatic lilies and lacy alchemilla -- team up in these stellar arrangements. We placed the golden flowers in twin trumpet vases, which can stand together or on opposite ends of a sideboard. Include a few unopened lilies to extend the life of the display.
Lily and Alchemilla Centerpiece
Embellish the dinner table with your garden's golden bounty. To help guests see eye to eye, create a low-slung centerpiece in a serving bowl. The oval shape of ours is well proportioned to a long, rectangular table. Strips of tape hold the lilies and the alchemilla in place. You can also dress the table in contrasting yet neutral tones to highlight the arrangement.
Star Clusters How-To
1. Standing over a sink, gently pinch each stamen tip with your fingers. Wipe the pollen onto a tissue as you go.
2. Fill a serving bowl with water. Attach a grid of tape -- either the floral or adhesive kind will work -- across the top of the bowl.
3. Place alchemilla around the perimeter, and then cut short the stems on a dozen or so lilies and use them to fill in the center of the vessel.