Astar's Craft: Winter Flowers
I know its winter and I know there aren't many flowers around, but if you go looking you will find hidden between the leaves and branches, winter's magnificent gems - like green protea. I love them, strong and sturdy, with little black feathery wisps, patiently waiting for you to find them... and the great thing about these flowers, is they last weeks and weeks.
Things to gather
Tall black cylindrical ceramic vase... or similar
Enough wet green foam to fill container
Several branches of twisted willow
Bunch long green reeds
Magnolia leaves - cut short, but still on the branch
Hanging vinka vine - but this is optional (Ivy could be used instead)
Insert wet foam down into container.
Insert at what will be the back, the twisty willow.
Beside willow place the green reeds in a nice grouping.
In the front section of container, to the left, insert to hang down the vinka vine or several long lengths of ivy.
On either side of reeds and willow and to the outer edges of container, place in a tight formation the magnolia branches.
Place the protea to stagger and step down so that the last one just rests above the front rim of container.
Mist to keep fresh with water.
As indicated above this design will last weeks!
(Broadcast 26 June 2012)