I think I live for Sunday nights and Downton Abbey.
And somewhere along the way I got hooked on Mercy Street, too.
Just in case you haven’t watched it, I won’t discuss.
Even though I want to.
Even though I want to say to Edith….FINALLY.
But I won’t.
I’ll just talk about my flowers and arranging and how I took this bundle of white roses from the aisle of the grocery store to the halls of Grantham House in London.
I’m sure even Violet would approve.
Here’s what I started with.
A bundle of white roses from the artichoke aisle.
But let’s go all Downton and take it up a notch.
Start by laying out all your stems on a flat surface.
Next, trim off all the leaves.
Be careful as you trim because every rose has its thorns.
Or at least that’s what Brett Micheal’s told me.
When you are done you have flowers that look like this.
Ready for a new arrangement.
Choose your selected container and add duck tape to the top in a cross hatch pattern.
This provides a support for your flower arrangement.
I cut my strips of duck tape in half and used white to blend in.
Don’t worry about the excess hanging over, we will trim that later.
Start with your center flower first.
This will be your tallest flower.
Trim the stem so that the base of the flower is about four inches above the rim of the container.
(tip: cutting the stems under water will make the roses last longer)
Insert the flower into the center of the cross hatch.
Then add your first layer of flowers.
This layer should be about an inch shorter than the center.
Place the flowers so they are on the outside of the container.
Continue until you have the entire first level as a base.
Next, trim the white duck tape back even with the edge of the container.
The leaves should cover it.
Continue layering in your flowers until you have filled in all the spaces.
Here’s the finished arrangement.
You want to make sure your vase is full of water and adding a little sugar to the water helps keep them fresher longer and helps the buds to open.
This arrangement will look even prettier when the flowers open just a little more.
Now I have to ring Lady Mary and tell her I’m stopping by for tea. 🙂