We gathered an armful of garden roses in a tight range of soft pinks to form this arching dome, set in a 19th-century blown-glass compote. The stems were inserted one by one, steadied by a floral frog at the vase's base.
Jump-start spring by forcing branches of early-flowering trees and shrubs. Massed at eye level in a rustic trough, pink cherry blossoms join white dogwood and spirea to give armchair nature lovers a breath of fresh air. The branches stand in chicken wire that has been bent to fit the container's liner. Moss and lichen from a florist mask the wire support in sylvan style.
Create an easy outdoor centerpiece using your favorite pink blooms and a basic white platter. Float flowers like these light pink peonies in small bowls, and arrange them with votive candles for a modern look. On a long table, you can place a few platters down the middle.
This unusual arrangement features five open pink and white peonies floating in a transferware punch bowl. When floating flowers in water, first cut the stems to less than an inch; if a flower has trouble floating, use a flower float -- or cut a circle of Bubble Wrap and thread the stem through the center bubble.
A vintage tole basket makes a charming container for these pink peonies framed by broad hosta leaves. Because the metal basket isn't watertight, we hid water-filled jars inside it to hold the flowers. Although built one stem at a time, this is a quick and casual arrangement: Start with the largest blooms, and tuck in the hosta leaves last.
Ubiquitous, inexpensive, and long lasting, carnations possess gorgeous petals -- and distracting sepals attached to the stems. Clustering the blooms, like we did here with monochromatic pinks, plays up the flowers' prettiest feature.
How to Make a Dome
Soak five blocks of floral foam in water. Line up three in a shallow bowl. Center another on top. Cut last block in half crosswise, placing half on each side of stack. Trim carnation stems to two to three inches, and stick into top block. Continue, from top to bottom, trimming as needed to fill out the dome.
This Japanese bowl was given to Martha many years ago. "When I received it, I had never seen a yellow, peach, or mauve tree peony, but obviously the painter of the bowl had," says Martha. "Finally my tree peonies matured and now provide blooms of almost the same colors."
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