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In the month of June the queen of flowers reigns supreme, and, in spite of the endless number of other flowers available for the dinner-table, it is difficult to discuss any save the English rose in an English June.
In using large fine blossoms, each should have a specimen vase to itself, so that nothing may detract from its loveliness. The vase should be of clear white or green glass, and the rose should be accompanied by its own foliage only. This is a style of table decoration that will appeal strongly to the rose grower.
A pretty way of using specimen roses is to have a row of specimen glasses and single flowers down each side of the table. Beginning with a pure white bloom, use roses from either end of the table in graduated shades of blush-pink and red, those in the centre being of a deep rich damask shade.
Another arrangement in which vases of single roses show to good effect is portrayed in Figure 1. A silver candelabrum is used as a centre, and around this six elegant vases are placed, each filled with a perfect rose and its leaves. From vase to vase satin bebe ribbons are draped.
For specimen vases use roses with firm stems, and choose the finest blooms; blossoms with limp, drooping stalks are not effective. Those pictured are "Mrs. John Laing," a most useful variety, in a lovely shade of pink with a firm stalk and pretty leaves. It is most prolific, and will yield fine blooms quite late in autumn, as well as in sunny June. With pink roses, pale blue, yellow, or pink ribbons can be used, or, what is perhaps more uncommon, silver cord or braid. Alternate yellow and pink roses give a charming result, or red and white roses alternately, using ribbons to match. Roses in bowls, too, are always delightful, and if we are the happy possessors of silver ones, we know that roses will show off their beauty as can no other flowers. If we do not possess costly bowls we must content ourselves with the cheap but very pretty ones that can now be obtained.
Roses, to be arranged successfully in bowls, need some support, either the perforated glass supports or .the useful and inexpensive ones of lead. Many rose-bowls are fitted with silver or gilded wire frames at the top, but it is very difficult to hide these, and if they are in view, as is generally the case, the effect is ugly and stiff.
Pale green china bowls look well filled with pink roses, and placed about the table with a circlet of twisted ribbon of two shades on the cloth around each.
Fig. I. How to decorate the centre of a table with vases, in each of which a fine specimen rose and its leaves are put. A silver candelabrum is placed in the middle, and from vase to vase satin bebe' ribbon is draped
Fig. 2. This illustration shows a low bowl of eau-de-nil coloured china, filled with blush-pink roses and mignonette, which look particularly charming
Although there is nothing more pleasing than a bowl of roses only, either of one shade or of mixed colours, yet there are some flowers that blend charmingly with roses, such as mignonette, jasmine, and honeysuckle.
The second illustration shows a low bowl of eau-de-nil coloured china filled with blush - pink roses and mignonette, that is indeed a thing of beauty. The various species of rambler roses form a valuable addition to our table decorations, and blossom so freely that we can afford to use them lavishly.
Prettiest of all on a spotless damask cloth is the rosy hue of that deservedly favourite rambler, "Dorothy Perkins." There is no other flower that possesses quite the same exquisite shade of pink. The blossoms are small and perfectly formed, and have abundance of foliage with them. For a pretty table decoration take a basket that has been painted silver, and fill it with sprays of this rose, twining some of its trails round the handle. Place it in the centre of the table, and then arrange sprays of it from the base of the basket to the corners of the table; the effect will be charming. Use rose-scented water for the finger-bowls, and let a perfect wee rose float on each.
The blush rambler is very pretty, with its large trusses of bloom in a delicate shade of pink. Clusters of them are shown in Fig. 3, arranged in a white china vase. A group of vases filled with these flowers, and used to decorate a luncheon-table, would be decidedly attractive.
The design portrayed in Fig. 4 takes us back to childhood's days, for its groundwork is composed of daisy chains. A novel and pretty effect can be obtained thus. For a round table make a number of daisy chains and place them from side to side of the table, cartwheel fashion, making them meet in the centre. The stalks of the daisies must not be too long, for the effect is spoilt if the daisy blossoms are too far apart.
A set of five vases-white china ones are used here-should then be placed on the table as in the illustration, and filled with pretty, bright-hued blossoms, such as the rose-pink stocks in the picture.
Fig. 3. A vase of blush rambler. A group of vases filled with these flowers has a very attractive appearance one side of the table to the other in cartwheel fashion
Fig. 4. A novel and pretty effect for a round table can be obtained by making a number of daisy chains and placing them from