ARRANGING FLOWERS

TO put a bunch of flowers carelessly in a vase is not arranging them. On the contrary, there is a definite art in the arrangement of flowers and foliage. One of the most common faults is to make the flowers look too set. Flowers growing in the garden do not grow at regular intervals with half an inch between each growth, and one leaf just here and there. Therefore they should not be arranged in this manner, but as naturally as possible. Imagine that they are really growing, and display them accordingly. Foliage is most important, yet many people never think of including it. With most plants there is more foliage than flower, a point to be remembered, but do not go to the other extreme and take away from the beauty of the flowers by overcrowding the vases with leaves. When possible each flower should have its own foliage, but with flowers which are almost void of leaves, foreign foliago must be substituted. Suit the Vase to the Flower ERTAIN flowers suit certain vasoa. Tall blooms look as out of place in a shallow bowl or very small-necked vase as do pansies in a tall specimen glass. However beautiful the bloom may be, it will pass practically unnoticed if it is not displayed to advantage. Roses, sweet peas, tulips, and flowers which are rather inclined to sprawl when growing, are best shown in a shallow bowl with a glass flower-holder on the bottom. Cut-glass or silver vases look better than fancy coloured vases, which invariably clash with the flowers and detract from their beauty. To keep flowers fresh and add to the length of their life the water should be changed each day and their stalks cut.

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