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-- Cut the stems so the blooms will tumble over the edge of the cup.
-- Place a few marbles in the cup if the stems need more support; fill with a half-inch of water.
-- Place the sweet peas in the cups, nestling the stems between the marbles for support.
Get a lot of impact out of one type of flower by buying or cutting it in a rainbow of colors.
-- Sturdy-stalked gladiolas are perfect for one-stem arrangements.
-- Place each stalk in a separate glass bottle, bud vase, or clean perfume jar.
-- Cluster together for an eye-popping display, or place in groups of two or three throughout your home.
-- Cut stems to varying lengths: one or two short enough to just come over the vase's rim, three or four to fill in the middle, and five or six to spread out over the top.
-- Place in vase and position the flower heads to fill in any gaps.
A unique presentation turns a bunch of pretty flowers into a wow-inspiring tableau.
-- Fill a square vase with pebbles and water.
-- Anchor stalks of gladiolas in the vase.
-- Set on a tray with a few tiny accents, such as a shell or a small photograph.
Presentation is everything when you're arranging a single variety of flowers.
-- To make a dozen roses even more impressive, cut the stems at varying lengths and "build" an arrangement from the bottom up, letting the highest roses stand tall and coaxing the shortest ones over the side of the container.
Here are two different ways to arrange a handful of lilacs.
-- Short: Cluster the lilacs in your hand and cut to the height of a narrow-mouth vase. Put the flowers in the vase solo, or tuck greenery near the base of the arrangement.
Go for contrast with a flower as vivid as these red gladiolas.
-- Fill with water and add glads cut to different heights. Place several stalks in the larger containers and just one flower in the smaller ones.
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