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Rose Bouquet in a Vase
Cut roses to equal length

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Arrange ferns, leaves, or other greenery in the vase to form a base for the flowers. The leaves form a grid that should hold the flowers in place.

Clip thorns off rose stems to make it easier to insert them into the leaves.

Tea photography ©2000-2002 by Glenna J. Morton, About's Interior Decorating Guide

Arrange Leaves
Start by laying leaves nearly horizontally on the lip of the vase. Then insert some in the center that are more vertical.

Tea photography ©2000-2002 by Glenna J. Morton, About's Interior Decorating Guide

Criss-cross stems
Make sure all stems are in water. See how the stems are criss-crossed to make a secure place to insert flowers.

Optional: If desired, insert trailing ivy so it spills over the top of the vase and down onto the table.

Tea photography ©2000-2002 by Glenna J. Morton, About's Interior Decorating Guide

Lemon Leaf and Roses
Add a few sprigs of a second type of geens for interest, then begin adding the roses. Place 6 or 7 roses at a 45-degree angle around the lip of the vase, then add a few standing up in the center.

Tip: All roses and flowers should be cut to the same length to make a perfectly rounded arrangement.

Tea photography ©2000-2002 by Glenna J. Morton, About's Interior Decorating Guide

Add more Roses
Keep adding roses in the center area to fill in any blank spaces.

Tea photography ©2000-2002 by Glenna J. Morton, About's Interior Decorating Guide

Add filler flowers
Insert your "filler" flowers (here alstromeria is used) in any blank areas between the roses. In addition, we've also added a few other tiny sprigs of accent flowers for more texture.

Tea photography ©2000-2002 by Glenna J. Morton, About's Interior Decorating Guide

Centerpiece complete
Here's the finished arrangement placed on our tea table. Just prior to the party be sure to refill the vase with sparkling clean water. This arrangement is low enough to use either on a buffet or a dining table.

Tip: To change the water, grasp the arrangement around the lip of the vase and hold securely in between your thumb and fingers, while you pour out the old water and refill the vase with clean water.

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