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Floral Decorations

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It is but a short time rídco a singte florist of New York drew to himself the custorn of tbe social world by arranging flowera in a natural manner. Ietead of wiring lovely roses on woeden toothpicks and putting all mauuer of discordant colors and powerful perfumes in a set bouquet he chose flowers of a faint, delicate fragrance and made a point of mountiug together masses of one kind. He loft the roses on their lovely sterns, merely clipping the briers off, and tied them in loose, graceful bouquets, with ribbon of tho same color or in delicate contrast. It was the rule of the florist who introduced the natural method of arranging flowers not only to mass flowers of the same kind together, but to use their own foliage with them wherever it was possible to do so. A color was chosen for table decoration, and this was ried out in the table flttings. Thecandle Bhades and the flower selected ior the keynote were of this color. In decorating a table it is a safe rule to avoid all strong colors except when demanded for special occasions, like Christmas, wheu flowers, berries or leaves in holly red are properly nsed. White flowers, if they are of lovely texture and without perfume, are successfnlly used on certain occasions with abundance of green. Pale yellow and pink are probably the most successful colors. Some exceedingly beautiful table decorations have been carried ont in pale purple orchids with fern or in fern with violets. The latter blossom usnally has too much perfume to be used sncoessfully on the table. Pink gloxinia, with maidenhair fern, makes a charming decoration. Some wild flowers are sometimes effective for this purpose if of a decided enough character, like that of the water lily. Green is one of the best colors for th summer table if it is carried out in fine maidenhaiï and delicate foliage plants, with palms growing in pots. In such a case the entire dining room should have a bowerlike look. Old fashioned pink and white sweet peas, with maidenhair, have been used by florists with the greatest artistic suocess. Not all flowers, however charming they may be by themselves are ia success in decoration, but roaea are always lovely for this purpose if of delioate color and properly massed.


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