U AST week I promised you that " I would say something about arranging flowers for the house, because with summer approaching this is a very useful thing to know how to do. Of course I couldn't hope to tell you very much in such a little space. but here are a few ideas that may help. First of all most people use too many flowers, so that their bowls look like small jungles! It's much better to try and use as few as possible arranged in the most exciting way. Before you pick or buy any flowers, you must decide what colours you are going to use. This is going to depend on the room where they're going to go, and if you're going to have more than one colour, whether they look pretty together. Then you must decide on the shape or line of the arrangement, rather like painting a picture. This is more difficult and rnore exciting because there are flowers of different sizes, with stalks of different lengths.
T the same time of course you ." must choose the vase you are going to use. Now don't think that you always have to use proper flower bowls for this. It's far more exciting to use jugs and scent bottles (big ones) and even sauce boats. In fact anything that has a pretty shape and holds water. Mind you, you have to make sure that the stems of the flowers are going to hold up straight. and most people buy wire mesh from an ironmonger and cut and fold it to shape. In this way you can make it fit any vase.
Having got together all your hits
and pieces, plus a pair of scissors, prepare your vase, and lay the flowers out on newspaper. In this way you can see them all at once and choose the best items. You have to be very patient in setting up the flowers, they don't like being hurried, and will become very difficult indeed to manage if you are rough with them. When they are all in the vase and looking beautiful. you mustn't forget to fill it with water, using a teapot with a thin spout. so that the flowers aren't disturbed,
Do not disturb
THERE you arc, they're all ready and looking wonderful. All you have to know is how to keep them looking like that for as long as possible: The most important thing to watch is the water. Don't make the mistake of cornpletely changing it—how would you like a freezing cold bath every morning? Simply use the teapot to bring the level up again. When the flowers die, don't ifsand
pick the dead ones out of the bowl. if you do, you disturb all the others. Just snip them off with the scissors and that will be that.
As you know the month of May is dedicated to Our Lady and I think she would be very pleased if you arranged a vase of flowers and kept it in front of her statue throughout the month. After all her Son made the flowers, so she would welcome some speciail dedicated to her.