Create a beautiful bouquet using freshly plucked Shasta daisies and roses from your backyard, or purchased from your local florist. People love both types of flowers that form attractive bouquets when mixed together. Daisies symbolize simplicity and purity, with their white pets surrounding a yellow centre, while roses are available in a variety of loud and subtle colors such as maroon, red, yellow, pink to white, light yellow and baby pink. The contrasting colors of both flowers enhance the appeal of a bouquet and make it even more attractive. Make your bouquet for an occasion, or use as an accent piece.
Lay your long stemmed roses and Shasta daisies on a table in front of you. Inspect them for damage and remove those that are diseased, wilting or dry. Carefully remove thorns from the stems of roses, and strip leaves off. Discard appropriately.
Cut the stem of each flower down to 6 to 8 inches long. Make a sharp cut at a 45-degree angle on each and lower it in a bucket with cool water as you work.
Lift two daisies and two roses and hold them in your hand in the form of a square. Pat the stems dry with a paper towel, if necessary. Depending on personal taste, hold any two similar flowers diagonal to each other, or parallel. These four flowers form the central flowers of the bouquet. Make sure the blooms are at the same level and do not touch one another.
Wrap the stems with floral tape to secure these central flowers together, 3 to 4 inches below the blooms.
Add remaining flowers around the central flowers, each in turn. Alternate these flowers until you have a dome shaped bouquet. Depending on personal taste, keep these flowers at the same level as the central ones, or ¾- to 1-inch lower. Also add leaves of foliage if you like, such as baby's breath, ferns, ivy or magnolia. Place these around the bouquet so they frame it and add contrasting color.
Hold the bouquet firmly and wrap the stems of the flowers and foliage with floral tape, starting 3 inches below the blooms all the way up to 3-inches above the ends of the stems. Pull the tape taut as you loop it around stems for added security.
Hold an end of decorative ribbon over the tape and insert a corsage pin to secure it. Wind it around the stems so it conceals the tape, pulling taut all the way until the end of the tape. Insert a corsage pin to secure the other end of the ribbon to the stems.