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Thursday, 2 June 2011

Our blog is moving to Floras-Garden.com


Thanks to all who have followed our Blog over the past year - we will continue to update on our new blog which can be found at: www.floras-garden.co.uk/blog

Thanks again flower lovers!

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Flower Workshop Instruction Sheet



Flora's Garden

Workshop Instruction

Sheet - April 2011


Today’s Flowers and Foliage:

Aster (Painted Lady)

Mini Gerbera (Rowan Aqua)

Rose (Avalanche)

Chrysanthemum (various)

Aspidistra leaf

Rosemary

Galax Leaf

1. Easter Box Arrangement

Definition:

An Oasis foam based gift arrangement which can be

arranged to form a ‘dome’ shape of blooms within a plant box or box vase.

Stages of Construction:

· Cut Oasis to size, approx ½ inch taller than container.

· Soak Oasis

· Apply to box using floral fix and a ‘frog’

· Begin arrangement using foliage to create a dome shape.

· Place focal flowers within the arrangement to add flashes of colour.

· Add remaining flowers finishing with spray flower for texture.

· Finishing touches.

Skills Learnt:

Using floral foam

Preparation and use of a range of flowers and foliage

Wiring/Taping

Design and layered construction of a floral arrangement

2. Buttonhole/Corsage

Definition:

A collection of wired flowers/foliage which is pinned to a person’s garment as decoration at an event.

Stages of Construction:

· Cut head of focal flower at the base and wire and tape.

· Cut leaves and spray flowers, wire and tape.

· Hold the wired elements together and tape altogether to create one stem.

· Trim and tidy, apply final touches such as pearl pin and bouillon wire.

Skills Learnt:

Wiring, taping.

3. Floral Favour

Definition:

A small floral decoration often used in weddings or large dinner parties as a place name or small gift.

Stages of Construction:

· Cut a small cuboid of Oasis foam and soak.

· Wrap in aspidistra leaves which have been cut to size. Pin.

· Cut rose head to 1 inch of stem. Push into Oasis foam.

· Add galax leaves and foliage

· Add pearl pins and wire to decorate.

Skills Learnt: Using floral foam, pinning and wiring.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Flower Arranging Workshop!


Another fantastic floral workshop last night - this time we were creating summer baskets of flowers. We used an array of chrysanths, mini gerbera, solidago, alstromeria tiesto, santin chrysanths and bear grass. The results were lovely!

For details of further courses please see our Facebook Page Events Section

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Mother's Day Flower Workshop




Well, we had a fantastic afternoon on Saturday. Some real natural talent and creativity! I encouraged everyone to use their own design style by choosing accessories and colours for their arrangements and the outcome was fantastic. We had such a range of designs!

See above for the arrangement I demonstrated and our group photo with all our creations!

Next Workshop is in May. Check our Facebook page for other Northampton Flower Workshops, Flower Arranging Courses, and Floral Design Demos.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Exciting!

Very excited to see how many of you view my Blog from around the world! Will try and keep it a bit more interesting from now on - I have been writing these posts wondering if anyone EVER reads or views any of it... Apparently 3 of my viewers were from Cameroon, amazing!!

Will update after the Mother's Day Workshop this weekend.... very excited :-) Then next weekend it's a gorgeous purple/orange/green wedding in Coventry. The photos are gonna be niiicccceee....

Spring delights!






Have been enjoying the yellow flowers of spring with these arrangements...

Mostly looking forward to this weekend's Mother's Day Flower Workshop! I am also planning further Floral Design, Flower Arranging, Floristry Courses and Workshops over the next year. Check out my events on my Facebook Page. Planned so far - Summer Flower Arranging Workshop, Vintage Flower Arranging Workshop, Floral Design Day Course and Halloween Flower Workshop.

Also, I will be running a Boutonniere Demonstration and Workshop at 78 Derngate on 9th June 2011. This will be followed by glorious Cream Tea in the Gallery! Lovely!

Harriet
xxx