What Floats your Boat?

Boat shaped containers are not easily found but worth seeking out.  They are versatile for many styles of design.  Their curves make them less weighty than their rectangular counterpoints.  Subscribers know that my tables are long and narrow so I am always in search of ways to march designs down the table.

Here’s the ‘boat’ with a piece of Oasis inside.  I have chosen one variegated ti leaf (Aspidistra) but it might be any lovely leaf or leaves that fit inside the shape or not.

The pearl headed pins hold the leaf in place (jamaligarden.com, Michael’s Crafts).  The leaf will last a long time just resting on the Oasis.

With a shear or knife, cut a slit in the leaf where you want to put the stems.  I am using the lilies cut very short.  These buds will open, but not very quickly.

To connect these containers I added painted black curly willow sticks.  These are from www.save-on-crafts.com, but Pier One and Michael’s often have them.  Or you can paint fresh curly willow, but they are more irregularly formed, which could make it more interesting, if harder to do.

The willow stems rest between the flowers on the container and link up the arrangements. Do put the vases on the tables before you add the willow.  This arrangement with white lilies are from the lunch for the ff Campers in August.

At a more recent dinner, I used pink lilies – good thing it was on the porch as the fragrance was almost overpowering.

This version with sunflowers was originally placed on red and white check tablecloths at tables in a tent for a very country luncheon. Here they have come back to my table, none the worse for wear.



About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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