Yesterday at the workshop, Caroline had cut some beautiful old roses. They were too heavy headed to work in a bouquet without looking ill so we cut them short and made a table decoration instead. To set them off, I covered a glass with hosta leaves
It was such a serendipitous arrangement - that I thought I would recreate it as a step by step here. Most of my step by step tutorials are now part of my newsletter but next week's newsletter is already full of them (bunting and buttonholes) so i thought that I would post this here instead.
First pick some hosta leaves and condition them by floating them in water - here they are in my bathroom sink. This variety is called Francine I think - it seems to be one that slugs don't take to.
Then wrap 2 strips of oasis waterproof blutac round the glass, top and bottom. I cut the strips horizontally to save money. This is obviously one of those cheap Ikea water glasses, the ones I had at Caroline's were old nutella jars and were actually a better shape as they are curved.
Then lay down the glass and carefully press the leaves onto the blutac, all the way round.
Trim the leaves level with the bottom of the glass and stand up and fill with flowers. It will keep well in a saucer of water until you need it - I think that these would look fabulous down the centre of a table outside, perhaps in an orchard, with tealights hanging from the trees . . . You get the picture.
If anyone wants to know more about the bunting and buttonholes e-mail me and I shall add you to the newsletter list -