A few others at our table wrapped jute twine around their vases which looked lovely and natural.
Another option was to decorate the INSIDE of your vase by wrapping a large tea leaf around the interior of the vase. The dark glossy leaf looked very dramatic and pretty inside the glass vase. The spine on the back side of the tea leaf needs to be scraped away with a sharp knife prior to wrapping it in the vase - this step will allow for it to be much more flexible and to lie flatter against the vase interior.
Next up were the viburnum. We left the foliage on, eyeballing them to about the same height as the lilacs and cutting them down. They were also inserted on a criss cross, opposite to the lilacs.Triangles: The 3 stock stems were cut down and inserted next, in a triangle pattern into the criss crossed stems of the lilacs and viburnum. Then we added the cut peonies, also in a triangle rounding out the arrangement with the stock, lilac and viburnum stems. Finishing Touches: The final touch were three hosta leaves, which we used close to the peonies to help highlight them and add color and balance to the overall arrangement. We did a few final spins to see the arrangement from fresh angles and to make adjustments, loosening up certain areas and filling in holes.
It was a good time, working away and getting to know to our friendly and fun fellow classmates, who happily didn't mind the snapping of photos throughout class. Thanks to Heather and Victor of Jayson Home & Garden for the relaxed and informative class and to Domino for setting up the Design District events.
Domino also has a good flower arranging video online, for a French Spiral bouquet - check it out here.
Photos: Janel Laban