Martha Stewart Living, April 2005
Place 3 evenly spaced lengths of tape across the opening, then another 3 perpendicular to those to create a grid. Run tape around the edge to secure.
Cut out grid's center with floral knife. Fill compote halfway with water. Using container's depth as a guide, cut flowers' stems at an angle with floral shears.
Arrange in bundles of up to 12 muscari and 12 ranunculus; tape stems together below blooms. Place bundles in grid, 1 per small opening; mass several in the center.
Check water level daily; if it falls, replenish using a watering can with a narrow spout. Arrangement should last 7 to 10 days if kept away from direct light and heat sources.
Ranunculus and muscari
Floral tape is the secret to the arrangement's structure: Taping stems in bundles produces an interesting, angular effect in the water while a grid of tape across the mouth of the dish keeps everything in place.