A Family Affair - Valentine's Day Topiaries

Valentine's Day is a fun holiday to do activities with the kids. Many people bake or make artwork with their children, but here in the Underwood household, we make flower arrangements! Even the dog (Charlie) got in on the action. This past weekend, my daughter and I had a blast making some Valentine's Day topiaries. Here is how we did it. tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

What you will need:

  • Four dozen Roses - 24 for each topiary (any color you like)
  • One Azalea plant
  • 4 branches Japanese Quince
  • 5-6 branches of lemons
  • 2 Pedestal vases
  • 2 10-12" bamboo sticks
  • Any decorative wire or ribbon to cover the bamboo sticks with
  • 2 3" round floral foams (soaked in water)
  • 2 5" round floral foams (soaked in water)
  • Floral shears and scissors
  • Glue stick - permanent

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Guest floral designer - Charlie

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Getting started!

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Start by wrapping the bamboo stick with the wire or ribbon of your choice.

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Push the wrapped bamboo into the floral foam, ensuring that it is secured. Add the smaller floral foam ball to the top of the bamboo, again ensuring that it is secured. Start by trimming and placing the Azalea into the lower ball.

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We chose flowers that were hardy yet beautiful for a long-lasting topiary. Roses, as well as Azaleas, do quite well in floral foam. Next, trim the Roses to a 1-2" long stem and place them one by one on the top floral ball. Surprisingly, it will take the full two dozen to achieve the necessary coverage, even on such a small ball.

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Voila.

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The guest design team resting after a job well done.

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Moving on to the second topiary, begin by wraping the bamboo stick with your ribbon.

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Place the bamboo stick in the center of the bottom ball.

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Start by placing lemons in the ball. Be careful as the lemons are very heavy, and need to be distributed around the ball so that your topiary keeps its low center of gravity.

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Trim the Quince branches to approximately 5-6", selecting sections that have an abundance of opened buds, and place them in gaps between the lemons. You want to use enough of the Quince flowers so that you cannot easily see the green floral foam once finished.

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Finally, trim your Roses, and add evenly to the top ball. Again, it will take the full two dozen to get complete coverage. This was a really fun project, and it was great to have a bit of 'kid help' to get it done.

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All photos by N. Underwood for Naked Bouquet