If you ever find yourself in Boston, on Brimmer Street, do pay a call to the Church of the Advent.  I once visited on Ascension Sunday and wished I had thought to bring a camera.  We can learn a lot about church flowers and vestments by visiting other churches, observing and asking questions.  For many years Ken Stephens was in charge of the altar flowers and they were the best I have ever seen, including the National Cathedral’s!  You can have a look at their high reredos with its many gradines at this link http://www.theadvent.org/parilife/scenes.htm

On Ascension Thursday Ken would cover the High Altar and all the gradines with fluffy mountains of gypsophilia in vases, or more commonly known as Baby’s Breath.  The effect was heavenly and very cloudlike. No other flower was used.  Often using all of one type of flower makes an elegant statement.  You will want to fluff out the stems of the Baby’s Breath by carefully separating each stem to get the maximum “air” between the stems, creating the cloud effect.  It dries beautifully and will last for days fresh. It is economical and widely available.  Baby’s Breath clouds for Ascension- a good thing.