Pi­co­tee petals

I par­tic­u­larly love pi­co­tee ra­nun­cu­lus’ painterly petals with their con­trast­ing edges. To re­ally show them off, I chose a wide bowl shape, al­low­ing plenty of space around each flower. The raised bowl is an in­vi­ta­tion for a wide, asym­met­ri­cally shaped arra

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In the first of a new se­ries, Rachel Siegfried cre­ates a ro­man­tic flower ar­range­ment for spring

Ex­tract from The Flower Book, by Rachel Siegfried, pho­to­graphs by Clare West, pub­lished by Dor­ling Kin­der­s­ley (£30)

3 ame­lanchier branches (Ame­lanchier canaden­sis)

3 spi­raea stems (Spi­raea x arguta)

7 ra­nun­cu­lus in a va­ri­ety of pas­tel colours (Ra­nun­cu­lus asi­ati­cus)

2 Ice­landic pop­pies (Pa­paver nudi­caule)

3–5 par­rot tulips (Tulipa Apri­cot Par­rot)

3 heuchera leaves (Heuchera Pewter Moon)

3 snake’s-head frit­il­lary stems (Fri­t­il­laria me­lea­gris)

Ceramic, footed bowl

Chicken wire

Pot tape

Se­ca­teurs

Flo­ral snips

Ar­range

1 Tape a ball of chicken wire into the con­tainer. Then pour in water.

2 Cut the three woody, struc­tural branches of the ame­lanchier to about three times the height of the con­tainer. Use these to cre­ate the tri­an­gu­lar out­line of your ar­range­ment.

3 Place the spi­raea be­tween the ame­lanchier stems, al­low­ing some of it to trail down­wards.

4 Hold the ra­nun­cu­lus, pop­pies and tulips up to the ar­range­ment one at a time in or­der to judge the re­quired po­si­tion and stem length. Then cut and place them into the ar­range­ment ap­pro­pri­ately.

5 Slip a few heuchera leaves be­tween the fo­liage and con­tainer. Fi­nally, dot the snake’s-head frit­il­lary stems in the gaps of the ar­range­ment for a fin­ish­ing flour­ish.

Care

Re­fresh the water ev­ery 2 days as the ra­nun­cu­lus can­not tol­er­ate bac­te­rial build-up. The ar­range­ment will last for up to 7 days.

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