Buttercream-and-pink phalaenopsis orchids flutter like butterflies among ruffle-edged, magenta garden roses, pale-pink rounded garden roses, and still paler spray roses. The tails of a light yellow ribbon emphasize the bouquet's downward sweep.
What appears to be a single luxurious bloom is formed from layer upon layer of cymbidium orchid petals. White at the center, the cluster gradually becomes a coy pink: The trick is using petals from blossoms of varying shades. Pairs of petals are slipped on wires, then assembled to create the unique bouquet. The wire stems are wrapped in velvet ribbon and tied with two satin bows that match the bottommost petals.
With a few vibrant splashes of color, a white cascade exudes an exotic splendor. Tropical yellow-and-pink cattelaya orchids punctuate ivory clouds of lisianthius and sweet peas. Lithe gloriosa lilies enliven the bouquet.
In a gilded cascade, beaded florets, strung by hand, glint like tiny holiday lights amid cymbidium orchids, bupleurum, gloriosa lilies, and lady's mantle; velvety gold-tipped cockscomb lend their own luster.
Pinkish-purple hues and splashy markings pull together an unexpected blend of exotic vanda orchids and parrot tulips with striped garden roses. Beadlike white-tipped gomphrena and a tailored satin bow are appropriate finishings for the elegant and quite formal composition.
This compact oval cascade is lively with fiery hues. Cheerful little narcissus with orange centers dance among freckled vanda orchids, red-striped roses, and deep-orange gloriosa lilies with buttery edges. Young gloriosa blooms with their still-green petals provide contrast.