The rose is rich with history and meaning. It is said Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, presented a rose to Eros, and Cleopatra lured Mark Antony with a room knee-deep in rose petals. How exciting is that?
Hidden messages of roses include “I Love You” (red), “I Am Worthy Of You” (white), “You Are My Secret Love” (orange), “You Are Heavenly” (white), “I Am Not Worthy Of Your Love” (yellow), “We Are Inseparable” (white and red) and “Please Believe Me” (pink).
Being a former floral designer, I can’t help but love beautiful roses.
DIY Rose Topiaries
The rose is the birth flower for the month of June and today I am going to create simple rose topiaries in honor of the rose and the month of June.
I started by heading outside and gathering a few twigs and sticks I would need for the stem of my topiary. We happened to have a butterfly bush where the new growth had come up from the roots and the branches from last year had dried and were the perfect size for this project.
Taking three of the twigs approximately 18 inches in length, (your length will depend on the height you want your topiaries), bind them together with twig wire.
I then gathered together the things I would need.
Insert a piece of Styrofoam into the container you have chosen. If you have read previous posts of mine, you know that I always use a terracotta container for my creations. This allows me to simply drop the container into a more decorative container of my choice, allowing me to switch out the container to coordinate with the decor I am working with.
I used two inexpensive rose bushes from Hobby Lobby for each topiary. Leaving approximately a two inch stem, I cut the roses off of the bush. There is no need to use roses with nice stems as we won’t be seeing the stem. I did not glue the stems as they seem to hold tight without the glue, but you could.
Insert the cut rose stems deep into a 3 inch Styrofoam ball making sure to work evenly around the ball.
Leave a small open space on the ball to allow insertion of the twig stem.
Once you have completed your Styrofoam ball, simply insert the top twig bundle in to the ball and the bottom into the container you had prepared with Styrofoam.
I inserted a bit of ivy into the ball, allowing it to trail down the stem. This adds interest to the stem as well as helps to disguise your stem if the twigs are a bit crooked.
I also added a few of the leaves found on my bush among the roses to add just a touch of green to the tops.
These rose topiaries are so easy to create and make a great addition to your summer vignette, table or anywhere you might want to add a touch of color.
I love roses – the flower of the month for June, and I should – it’s my own birth month!
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Stop by next time where I will show you how I worked these rose topiaries into my summer rose tablescape.