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Rose Dome Arrangement

Stiff long-stemmed roses can seem as generic as a drugstore valentine. But a few flourishes transform the cliche into a caress. The impromptu charm of a variegated rose (here, white-and-pink 'Henri Matisse') highlights the intensity of its crimson companions.


  • Two dozen roses
  • Plastic wrap
  • Floral cutters
  • Shallow container
  • Flower frog
  • Flower adhesive


  1. Step 1


    Line a container with plastic wrap. Using floral adhesive, secure frog in container. Measure and make note of distance from center of frog to rim of container.

  2. Step 2

    Fill container two-thirds full with tepid water. Add a packet of flower food.

  3. Step 3

    Cut stems of 3 or 4 red roses slightly longer than frog-to-rim distance. Remove foliage from parts of rose stems that will stand below water level. Insert stems along perimeter of frog.

  4. Step 4


    Cut 3 or 4 more red-rose stems to same or longer measurement, and insert at center of frog.

  5. Step 5

    Cut remaining roses, varying stem lengths as desired, and fill in arrangement, creating a loose dome.

  6. Step 6

    Retrim stems of any flowers that project too far.