February 01, 2005

Someone I know today created a flower arrangement under high-pressure circumstances: first occasion for compensation, very little time, even less direction, a limited client budget, scant experience, and no supervision.

Here's how it went:

Beginning with a fairly small, rust-colored wood bowl, the arranger placed a three-bud orange/peach-colored oriental lilly in the center. Only one bud on this stem had yet blossomed; the other two buds ultimately were obscured by the rest of the bouquet, offering the opportunity for a nice surprise, or two, as the arrangement matures.

In the first full ring from the center, the florist surrounded the lilly with alternating orange carnations and orange alstroemeria. Then, a few pure white godetia were added near the carnations and alstoemeria, along with two short cuttings of white wax flower.

The second full ring from the center was comprised of several small pieces of very small mimosa, with the highest leaves retained on these stems.

The arranger then added an outermost ring of daisies peeking out from under the entire arrangment, and, finally, from the lower-most point of the collection, added a yellow-orange gerber, poking out at a funky, somewhat abstract angle.

There was a sigh of relief of one (the artist) when the client, with whom I also am acquainted, arrived two hours later and issued the all-important verdict: "I love it. . . . It's perfect. . . . It's exactly what I wanted."


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