In late summer our garden is filled with robust blooms of pink dinner plate dahlias and carpet roses. They seem to thrive on even the hottest of days and are a joy to arrange and bring indoors. Fresh flowers always add such life to a room!
To create this arrangement, in the early morning hours I cut several stems of carpet roses, a few sprigs of miniature roses, three or four fading hydrangea blooms and a couple of dazzling pink dahlias.
After removing the lower leaves from the stems and trimming the thorns from the roses, I placed them in a simple pottery vase. Then hydrangeas were mixed with the roses for texture and to provide structure for the arrangement.
The dahlia blooms were added last to create a focal point in the arrangement. These large unscented flowers make such a dramatic statement as a finishing touch. Finally, a few loose sprigs of cherry laurel were worked in to the empty spaces for texture and to complete the design.