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Extract from Simple Flower Arranging • By Mark Welford and Stephen Wicks • Published by DK Books

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Simple Flower Arranging
The long-lasting, richly coloured tropical flowers in this spiral stem design should remain in perfect condition for at least two weeks, so it is an excellent arrangement to give as a gift or place in an entrance hall or a busy area. Re-cut the stems and renew the water every four days.

substitution
Pink orchids, pink protea, pink ginger lilies, and pink anthuriums to
alter the colour scheme slightly

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  • Step 1

    Hold the stem of 1 anthurium in your hand and arrange 1 each of the other flower stems and the red robin around it, turning the bunch around slightly in one direction after adding each stem. Be careful when arranging the protea, as the flower heads can easily snap off.

  • Step 2

    Insert another anthurium stem at an angle into the bunch at the point where your thumb rests so the end of the stem points towards you and the flower head points away. Avoid touching the anthurium flower head, as it marks easily. Add
    1 each of the other stems in succession, at the same angle, to create a spiral stem effect. Keep turning the bunch around in the same direction after you add each flower or stem of foliage.

  • Step 3

    Arrange the last layer of flowers and foliage a little lower around the edges of the bouquet for a slightly domed effect.

  • Step 4

    Holding the bunch in one hand, secure it with a length of garden string or twine and trim the ends of the stems with scissors so they are the same length.

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    • Choose a highly textured vase – such as a column vase covered in birch bark secured in place with seagrass cord – to show off the fleshy smooth petals of the tropical anthurium, orchid, and heliconia.

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