This design has the classic Winter/Christmas colour scheme of red and green, made even more seasonal by combining the red roses with berried ivy and hypericum berries. The dozen fairtrade roses came from a supermarket and had a lovely velvety texture, I picked the berried ivy from my garden, but this should be easy to find in local woods and parks. The hypericum berries and pittosporum were from a previous weeks arrangement, but you could add any berries and foliage – look out for foliage that will lighten up the arrangement you could use eucalyptus or any white/silver foliage from your garden. I chose to use a large fish bowl vase and create a round design, but this combination of flowers would also look good in any glass or metallic vase – again something with shine lightens the dark flowers.
How to create
Remove all the lower leaves and thorns from the roses. To do this hold the rose upright near the top and move a small knife downwards to take off any leaves and thorns, try not to damage the stems. As it was over a week old I removed any shriveled berries from the hypericum and removed the lower leaves from the other foliage. For this all round design I started with the largest rose and added the other flowers and foliage in a spiral – angling each stem, I grouped the hypericum and ivy together so it would have more impact. When I was happy with the design I tied off with string to hold in place then cut the stems at an angle so it would sit nicely in the vase. Finally I diluted the flower food and added to my vase. If arranging the flowers this way sounds too tricky create a more casual look by arranging in the vase, start with any heavy foliage then add the rest stem by stem – again try to have the largest flowers in the centre and group your ivy and berries rather than scattering them through the design.