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“Beautiful blooms burst from subdued tree bark like floral confetti from a vertical free-form design. “

Material
Dahlia ‘Café au Lait’, windflowers (Anemone coronaria), spray roses (Rosa spp. ‘Bubbly’), love-lies-bleeding/tassel flower (Amaranthus caudatus), California pepperberry (Schinus molle), salal/lemonleaf (Gaultheria shallon) and seeded Eucalyptus from suppliers of your choice; 6” Lomey Designer Dish (Clear), Oasis Rustic Wire (Natural), 1/2” Oasis Waterproof Tape (Green) and Oasis Floral Foam Maxlife from Smithers-Oasis North America; Tack 2000 Spray Adhesive from Design Master Color Tool; foam sheet from craft store.

So much can be said a single- or multiple-bloom composition if you look at and contemplate its visual messaging. Here, an upright vertical form, wrapped in tree bark, cannot contain a plethora of color and texture from the botanicals “growing” from its top and side crevasse. Follow Florists’ Review’s Lori McNorton as she demonstrates how to create this vertical design worthy of contemplation and admiration

STEP 1: Forage bark from a birch tree (or purchase from a craft supplier), enough to cover a foam sheet large enough to wrap around a block of floral foam.

STEP 2: Adhere bark pieces to the foam sheet with spray adhesive. Overlap pieces to create a solid surface with no gaps. If bark is not available, use a texturized bark ribbon such as Oasis Natural Wrap (Woodland Bark) from Smithers-Oasis North America.

STEP 3: Fully hydrate a block of floral foam, place it vertically on a 6-inch-diameter design dish, and secure with two strips of waterproof tape.

STEP 4:Wrap the bark-covered foam sheet around the floral foam, leaving a two- to three-inch-wide opening. Secure the bark sheet around the floral foam with fiber-covered wire. Leave enough wire to make curling “vines.” Leave the top of the floral foam uncovered, as well as approximately 2 inches of bottom of the floral foam.

STEP 5: Arrange seeded Eucalyptus and salal leaves to cover the bottom portion of the composition.

STEP 6: Arrange all flowers and remaining foliage, in grouping, in the top and exposed side of the floral foam.

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