We all have different gifts, and one of Ken Linger’s is making stunning rose arrangements. If you think making an arrangement of 72 roses is easy, think again! Ken created this design earlier today for a customer who places a rose arrangement on the alter of his wife’s shrine each year to commemorate her birthday. This year she would have been 72.
When you’re working with this many roses, you don’t want to use a traditional rose vase. If you do, the roses won’t be evenly spaced, and it will be incredibly difficult to get all the stems in without crushing some. Here are Ken’s tips for getting several dozen roses into one container:
1. Choose a container that has at least a 6-inch diameter mouth. Them’s a lotta stems to get in there!
2. The container should also be heavy so it is a solid anchor for the top-heavy arrangement.
3. Put a few blocks of floral foam in the container and then secure it with floral tape. While we don’t usually advocate floral foam, some instances call for it–and this is one. You just need the extra support in this case.
4. Create a tall line of roses toward the back of the container, shaped like an open fan. This serves as a frame for the rest of the arrangement and guides the overall look and feel.
5. When you’re done getting all those roses in, you’ll notice that the rose greens fill all the empty space, so you don’t need much in the way of additional greens or filler. Just make sure that all the floral foam is completely invisible–any greens you have on hand will work for that.