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□ container (we used a low, rectangular metallic container)

□ clippers

□ florist's foam (optional)

□ large pebbles or glass marbles, to anchor the flowers

□ flowers and herbs of your choice many colors, from white to pink, mauve and red through to velvety purple-black. The seeds are poisonous (they contain a neurotoxin) and should not be eaten. Flat-leaf parsley Petroselinum crispum The bright green, serrated leaves of this herb act as both a filler and a background for showier flowers. Parsley is the least hardy of all the plants used here, so replace it with fresh cuttings as needed during the life of the centerpiece, or experiment with other sturdier herbs, such as rosemary and lavender. Sea holly Eryngium planum, f. alpinum and E. maritimum These plants bear thistle-like flowers in various shades of blue or green, and have a metallic sheen. They are surrounded by spiky white, silver, blue, green or violet bracts. The flowers dry well and are attractive in dried arrangements. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the candied roots were considered an aphrodisiac. Hellebores Helleborus niger, H. orientals If you pick these beautiful cup-shaped flowers when they're mature, they will last for weeks as they slowly fade and change color. They are lovely in float bowls. All parts of the plant are toxic. Use gloves when using this plant, as bruised foliage can cause skin irritation.

container. If you are not using foam, half fill the container with pebbles or marbles, then add water.

5 Starting from the outside in. poke the stems of the flowers or herbs into the foam, pebbles or marbles to hold them in place.

ti Turn the container around as you work, checking for visual balance and filling in any sparse patches. Where necessary, intertwine some pieces of foliage to provide more support. Finish with a light misiing of w ater from a spray bottle to refresh the flowers and give them a dewy look.

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