Saturday, July 27, 2019

Tropical Fruit & Flower Centerpiece

Fruit and Flowers are both grown and harvested in a yard or on a farm, and they compliment each other beautifully in many arrangements and displays, especially when the fruit stands in for a traditional container. Summer offers an absolute treasure trove of potential containers: pineapples, watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew melon. Bright colors, interesting shapes and a variety of textures makes fruit ideal containers. Many of them are watertight, at least for the life span of most of the blooms you put in them.

Unique and bold designs can be easily put together by combining flowers with fruits. With its long body and rotund belly, the pineapple is definitely one of the most appealing of all fruits.

Begin by selecting a large ripe pineapple.

Using a knife cut off the top of the pineapple by laying the pineapple on its side. Using a spoon scoop out the middle of the pineapple to make enough room for the cup. As the inside of the pineapple is hard you will need to use a small paring knife to cut away the hard areas.

All the removed interior fruit of the pineapple can be disposed of or eaten once removed from the pineapple.

Test placing the cup inside the pineapple. If it does not completely fit continue scooping out more of the middle of the pineapple.

Once the cup fits inside the pineapple fill the cup up with water.

Fill the cup with your choice of flowers.

For this centerpiece, I used protea Eximea, Leucospermum, Grevillea Ivanhoe & flowers, bottlebrush, Leucadendron, oregano, date palm berries and garden roses to give it a tropical feel and complement the yellow and green in the pineapple.

Remember to check the vase daily and add fresh water as there is only a small amount of water in the cup. Enjoy!

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