Rose Boutonnieres

Cupping Salal Leaves

I'm going to continue the effect of cupping the leaves around the focal rose flower.  Fold the leaves and tape into place so that the leaves fit snugly around the base of the rose.

As I drop the leaves down the stem, I don't have to wire them anymore to get the height that I needed for the first three salal leaves.

You can see a pattern developing the in the leaf placement.  Continue moving down the stem, but do not cover up the front of the rose.

See how I gently squeeze the leaf so that it creates a pucker in the leaf.  This is how you want to fit the leaf around the rose head.

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