FLORAL DESIGNS
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This design is quite traditional. It is fairly narrow, and would be suitable to take as a gift for someone in hospital. There are a few things to remember about flowers for hospitals.

* There is not much room on a hospital locker, so the arrangement must not be too big.

* You should choose a container which has plenty of room for adding water. I have used a simple green plastic florist's saucer, and one third of a block of floral foam for this arrangement.

* Choose flowers which will be long-lasting, as the heat in most hospitals will dehydrate the flowers quickly, and dry out the foam too.

* Don't choose red and white flowers together- most hospital staff are superstitious, and will not have red and white flowers on the ward. (This applies to England - I don't know about other countries!)

The foliages I have used for this design are: Phormium tenax purpureum for the height, with Berberis thunbergii purpureum, Heuchera 'Can-Can' and 'Pewter Veil', Hedera colchica 'Sulphur Heart', Hedera helix 'Ivalace', and Fatsia japonica variegata. Flowers used are: deep pink Roses, pink standard Carnations, pink spray Carnations, and pinky-mauve spray Chrysanthemums.

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