Dress up the table with summer blooms

How to arrange a festive, 1-bunch bouquet in minutes

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Fresh, casual, and as colorful as candy, lollipop-shaped arrangements are the perfect way to show off luscious summer blooms. They couldn't be simpler: You just gather a bunch of sunflowers, gerberas, Oriental lilies, roses, or other favorite flowers, then anchor them in moist florist's foam in a terra-cotta pot (directions below).

A single type and color of flower is an eye-catcher. For extra punch, paint the pot to match the blooms; patio paints suitable for use on terra-cotta are available at well-stocked nurseries. Or for a country look, mix several types of flowers and leave the pot unpainted. Beautiful ribbons add festive finishing touches.

A single pot can center a small, round patio table; three to five pots--filled with the same flowers--can march in a line down a long, rectangular table.

Use flowers with long, sturdy stems from your own garden or from a florist. Kept moist, flowers can last a week or more (use a spray bottle to moisten the florist's foam every few days, if needed).

Designs by Jill Slater


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