If you are having friends round for dinner and want to decorate the table with flowers I find it is best to choose a low compact design. By using a set of vases you can group the flowers to suit the space on your table, whether it is in a line or clustered together. For this design I chose “Sweet Williams” but you could use bloom carnations instead.
How to create
I used 3 glass cube vases only 7cm tall, but you could use any shaped vase providing it is low and open topped or mix a collection of small vases – odd numbers tend to look better. Make sure the vases are clean, cut one of the stems so the flower sits just above the top of the vase – then use this stem as a guide and cut all the others. Remove any remaining leaves. Fill the vases with water and place on your table.
Are a variety of the Dianthus species shared by carnations. Their flat clustered heads lend themselves to this design. They can have quite a traditional cottage garden look, but used on their own in simple vases become contemporary blocks of colour. They have a light clove fragrance.