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Use this arrangement of fresh flowers as a build up to the feat to come

Courtesy: Flower Promotion Organization

Double-Decker - Flower recipe by Jill Slater

Materials:Double Decker arrangement

Two-tiered fruit rack

Waterproof bowl to fit the top of two-tiered fruit rack

1/2 brick floral foam

Flowers- 5 stems orange spray roses, 5 stems orange standard carnations, 10 stems orangey/red freesia, 2 stems green button chrysanthemums, 3 stems variegated miniature pittosporum, 4 stems leather fern

5 fruits or veggies for lower tier. Jill used 2 bell peppers, 2 artichokes and 1 eggplant

Floral preservative, knife and clippers


Step 1 - Soak the floral foam for at least 30 minutes, in water that has been treated with floral preservative.

Step 2 - Cut the floral foam to fit the bowl. The foam should come up about 1-inch above the bowl. Fill the foam-filled bowl with water that has been treated with floral preservative. Set the bowl inside the top tier.

Step 3 - I find the trick to arranging flowers in a round container is to think of the face of a clock...

I start with the greenery. The first step is to put the hour and minute hands in the center of the imaginary clock, which is really the center of the container.

Next, I arrange additional greenery at the quarter hours and then fill in all the hours of my imaginary clock with more greenery.

The last step is to add the flowers. This is simple. I follow the same procedure with the flowers as I did with the greenery.

Design Tip: Cut the lateral flowers off the main stem from both the spray roses and button mums. Use these smaller pieces throughout the centerpiece instead of using them as one whole stem.

Now flower arranging is as simple as clockwork. preservative.

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