It’s all about the arrangement (psst….even with last week’s roses)

Tzippy Respler


Several weeks ago, Jackie, my Friday housekeeper informed me that she would be on vacation for two consecutive Fridays.  Jackie usually discards last week’s roses and arranges the roses that my husband, Don, brings home.  She most often opts for a traditional arrangement in a silver vase.

simpletowow roses in antique silver vase

Friday arrived and Jackie was not there to toss the “old” roses and arrange the new ones. I was on my own!  Firstly, I assessed last week’s roses and decided that they were not so bad, after all.  In fact, the older roses had more interesting and mature blossoms than the new roses that were mere rose buds.


I cut off the stems right underneath the blossoms, took a square glass vase, filled it with water to the top and floated the blossoms in a grid-like pattern. I then took the new roses and arranged them in a tall vase and set the table with both vases. Voila!