rose cone topiary

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This rose cone center blazes with the white with red tipped petals of these lovely roses.  You can choose other colors, however, to suit your own wedding color theme.

Before going forward, be sure to read through the step by step cone tutorial.  Although it is a holiday centerpiece, the preparation and blocking the florist foam into the container is exactly the same.

For this tutorial, you'll need the following florist supplies, container and fresh flowers:

Always start by processing your flowers correctly upon arrival.  Treat your flowers as a professional would and don't neglect the suggested products.  Why?  Because you don't have the advantage of a large walk in cooler that a florist does.  Don't worry.  Flowers straight from the farm will last 5-7 days IF treated properly.  Your wedding flowers are too important to trust to any home remedy!

Float soak the foam in water treated with Crystal Clear Flower Food.  Block in the container, pinning the foam together with the wooden stakes.  (Remember the suggested tutorial?)

Wrap the cone with waterproof tape, making a grid around the foam.  This gives extra support to prevent crumbling that can be cause by all those flower stem insertions.  

Be sure to de-thorn the roses, as even a few thorns can really chew up the foam when inserting them into the design.  Insert the roses closely together, starting at the bottom and moving up to the top.

Mist the finished design with Finishing Touch or Crowning Glory and store in a cool room with the lights off.  Make sure the foam doesn't go dry, but replenish as needed by dribbling water onto the arrangement.

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