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heat proof flowers

by amym

When the weather heats up, those of us who can’t live without flowers in our house face a sticky situation- blast the AC even if we’d rather only use it for the hottest days or let our beloved flowers wilt when all we want is the windows down.

After a trip to the Wave Hill where I couldn’t stop ogling the the succulent greenhouses, I decided the solution to my summer flower conundrum was to recreate a bit of jungle fever using succulents as heat-proof flowers. Now I’m able to get my flower arrangement fix, regardless of the mercury.   — Amy M.

Learn how to make this arrangement after the jump…

Succulents make a perfect focal point for an arrangement. Since they normally have little to no stem, piercing their underside at least an inch deep with a sharp kabob stick gives you a secure stem. Bonus! When the rest of the arrangement fades, they can be put in a small dish with sandy soil to root.

Since this arrangement is in a wide bowl, I soaked a cube of oasis foam and cut it to size. The trick to working with oasis is to thoughtfully place each flower or else you run the risk of crumbling your foam from too many holes. Every time you remove a stem from oasis and decide to move it elsewhere, you have to reclip the bottom to allow the stem to drink. I started this arrangement with a base of the sturdiest stems I had: unripe blueberry branches.

Next I added the succulents as I would have the focal flowers. It makes a nice impact to cluster two large elements together, offset at different heights. Putting one large element just along the lip of the vase also helps to create a focal point.

Turning the arrangement, I added more blueberry and lots of other small bits and pieces of interesting green textures — scabiosa buds and pods, fiddleheads, jasmine vine and pulsatilla. The trick is to not sweat making it perfect — the wilder, the better.

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