Cascade Wedding Bouquet

Greening with Italian Ruscus

I think cascade wedding bouquets look lush with different types of greenery providing a base.  Italian ruscus is one of my favorites.  It not only works well in bouquets, but the leaves are wonderful in matching corsage and boutonniere work.

I first determine how long I want the ruscus to be by holding it up to the framework I created with leather leaf fern.

As you can see, most stems of ruscus are pretty long, giving you several pieces.

The stems are pretty firm.  If you cut them at a sharp angle, you'll be able to insert them into the foam easier.

Once you have the ruscus cut and at your desired length, you can manipulate the stem gently if you choose.

By gently flexing the stem, I'm able to give it a slight curve that enhances my cascade design and gives it a little more depth.

Don't get too aggressive or you may snap the stem in two.

This way I have the ruscus flaring slighting forward, giving me the look I want instead of looking flat from the sides.

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