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By Betty Belcher

This informative and inspiring ebook is written through an writer with greater than 35 years' event. It explores flower arranging as an artwork shape, with distinctive emphasis on creativity and constructing one's personal variety, whereas now not neglecting useful makes use of reminiscent of desk settings.

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Whereas nature offers the full range, rarely can a florist provide at once the buds, partially open, and fully open blooms of a given flower. Flowers purchased from the florist should have a half inch of stem removed before being placed in tepid water (approximately 110° F). A fresh cut allows the stems to take on more water which in turn makes them last longer in the design. Some arrangers use a commercial preservative in the water, available from the florist. Others use a home-made preservative of one gallon of warm water, one tablespoon bottled lemon juice, one tablespoon sugar, and one teaspoon chlorine bleach.

Lunaria (HONESTY; DOLLAR PLANT) Seed pods: hang, or air-dry upright; remove husks when dry. Narcissus (DAFFODIL) Dry in a dessicant, or microwave. Moluccella laevis (BELLS-OF-IRELAND) Pick when beginning to dry on plant; place upright in one inch of water; allow water to evaporate; do not replenish water. Papaver (POPPY) Seed pods: Hang. Physalis alkekengi (CHINESE-LANTERN) Hang. Paeonia (PEONY) Dry in a dessicant. Rosa (ROSE) Dry in a dessicant, or microwave. Rumex (DOCK) Hang. < previous page page_45 next page > page_46 < previous page next page > Page 46 Salix (includes PUSSY WILLOW) Hang, or air-dry upright.

Place short-stemmed blooms face up, taking care they do not touch one another. Sift or carefully pour silica gel around the blooms, retaining the natural form of the plant material. Cover with about an inch of silica gel, and place in the microwave oven. A microwave thermometer is helpful for determining the amount of time required; the middle temperature setting on the microwave is usually best. Titia Joosten's book, Flower Drying with a Microwave Oven, recommends a temperature of 150170° F for most flowers.

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