Day 2: Two Southern Doves

This evergreen display can be used on the sideboard or as a centerpiece.

After our wedding, my husband’s Aunt gave us two decorative doves made from Mississippi mud. It was an incredible gift and one that we admire all year long.

Throughout the year they make themselves at home on one of the end tables in our living room. During the holidays, however, they transition from a set of southern doves to a delightful seasonal display nestled in an arrangement of greenery from the garden.

Step 1: Soak your oasis in water, but do not force it in.  Gradually let the oasis soak in all of the water.  A wise, older lady once told me that when you force your oasis into water air pockets form.  Basically, this prevents your flowers from drinking water and staying fresh.

Step 2: Choose your container wisely.  We chose to use a silver heirloom piece.

Step 3: Next, secure your oasis to the container with tape.  Do not place your tape directly over the center of the piece of oasis. The same wise lady told me to always leave an empty place in the center of your oasis for a focal point in your arrangement.

Step 4: Anchor the corners of your arrangement with magnolia and then fill in the cryptomeria.

Step 5: Fill in the empty holes with Oakland™ Holly.  This adds texture to your arrangement.

Step 6: Add clippings of Yewtopia® Plum Yew and let them drape out of the container.

Step 7: Accent your arrangement by nestling in some Mojo® Pittosporum.

Step 8: Intertwine pine cones placed on floral picks and balance your arrangement.

Step 9: Place your arrangement in its final destination and add the finishing touch: Two Turtledoves. 

Be sure to add water to your arrangement twice a week. I find it easier to do this later in the evening when the kitchen sink is not in use. 

Place your arrangement in the sink and fill the container with water all the way to the top. Allow the container to sit overnight in the sink so the oasis can soak up all of the water.

This will guarantee a beautiful and lively arrangement all season long! This also makes a great foundation for a fresh flower arrangement. 

Tip: Cut poinsettias, burn the ends with a match, then add them to your arrangement before your guests arrive. Be sure that the bottom of your stems are secure in the oasis.

Nothing says “Happy Holidays” quite like a collection of evergreens topped with a pair of doves—especially doves made in the South!

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Step 1: Soak your oasis in water, but do not force it in.  Gradually let the oasis soak in all of the water.  A wise, older lady once told me that when you force your oasis into water air pockets form.  Basically, this prevents your flowers from drinking water and staying fresh.

Step 2: Choose your container wisely.  We chose to use a silver heirloom piece.

Step 3: Next, secure your oasis to the container with tape.  Do not place your tape directly over the center of the piece of oasis. The same wise lady told me to always leave an empty place in the center of your oasis for a focal point in your arrangement.

Step 4: Anchor the corners of your arrangement with magnolia and then fill in the cryptomeria.

Step 5: Fill in the empty holes with Oakland™ Holly.  This adds texture to your arrangement.

Step 6: Add clippings of Yewtopia® Plum Yew and let them drape out of the container.

Step 7: Accent your arrangement by nestling in some Mojo® Pittosporum.

Step 8: Intertwine pine cones placed on floral picks and balance your arrangement.

Step 9: Place your arrangement in its final destination and add the finishing touch: Two Turtledoves.