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In May I took a short (3 Week) beginners floristry class at the local county Tech. The main reason was to motivate myself to actually ‘do’ more flower arranging now that the garden is maturing, and also to meet some like-minded people.

As it turns out I did make a new friend, Joan, who I am meeting tomorrow.

Anyway, I had this idea that it would be lovely to have an arrangement (wide) in the fireplace in front of the stove during the months it isn’t being used. And although I have a good few Dahlias, which I grow for cutting, they rarely have more than one or two blooms per variety at any time that are ready for cutting (with Dahlias you wait until the flower is fully out before cutting it for the vase). So I thought, I need to learn how to use foliage to fill out an arrangement.

So far I have had some lovely compliments on my arrangements that I showed during the course of the class. Now I am ‘freestyling’ and today I have really gone for it with colour and bright foliage. Scott loves it!

The bowl is cream pottery , quite old fashioned and Art-Nouveau in style which I picked up in a junk shop for £2. But its a great size and shape for the fireplace. Having said that, I think I shall hunt around for something even wider. But this one takes a block of oasis just perfectly.

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Excellent arrangement. I think we have the exact same bowl, boat shaped with a handle at each end, came from OH' mother, now has artificial flowers in it.

9 Jul, 2018

 

lol...it does have a 'protrusion' at each end! how funny!

9 Jul, 2018

 

Agree its an ideal shape for arrangements. The one in your pic looks just perfect for its position. Would love a container that shape!
I have an arrangement in front of our fireplace which is nothing but foliage of different shades and shapes and find it very restful. (lasts longer than flowers too...)

9 Jul, 2018

 

One of the first things we learned in flowers many years ago was to construct an arrangement using just foliage. The backbone of any arrangement, and in winter when flowers can be expensive, you can add a few berries and hey presto!

10 Jul, 2018

 

That's stunning, the colours glorious. I think I too recognise the vase - very 1930's!

10 Jul, 2018

 

Beautiful colour scheme!

10 Jul, 2018

 

I agree with Thorneyside.. we had that exercise too... used the dry foam for dried pieces. Have you done any work on dried flower arrangements? That might be of interest to you to save your summer beauties for autumn and christmas time arrangements?

10 Jul, 2018

 

Thanks everyone. I might try the foliage thing next time...great idea! Lori, I'm not a great fan of dried flowers if I'm honest.

10 Jul, 2018

 

Well done you, love all the colours.....

11 Jul, 2018

 

You will find lots of ideas in the autumn when plants die down and leave berries and twigs to play with. Always take secateurs and a bag in the pocket on country walks. Bullrushes a great find, they last a long time.
I just use silk flowers in the summer when its too hot
for expensive fresh flowers from supermarkets.

11 Jul, 2018

 

I think the vase is an old Wedgwood design if not actually from that pottery. Prinknash Pottery used to do similar ones in various sizes and as the ones I saw were dark (black) in colour a flower arrangement looked good in them.

Love your choice of colours, Karen. Arrangement looks great against the stone .

11 Jul, 2018

 

That looks lovely Karen. Well done. I bet you've got the bug now lol!

13 Jul, 2018

 

As a PS to Diane's suggestion of bulrushes: If you do that remember to varnish them well or they eventually burst and spread white fluff all over everywhere (as I discovered for myself...)

13 Jul, 2018

 

I really don’t care for them to be honest. But I remember that discussion from before!

14 Jul, 2018

 

What a memory Karen - I do have a vague recollection of it now you mention it. But a bulrush explosion is once seen never forgotten, and needs a lot of cleaning up after...

15 Jul, 2018

 

Thanks very much ladies! I have just done another one with just Dahlias in Oasis. Once you get started......and I have taken out one of my corkscrew Hazels and left it to dry so I can spray it in the winter for indoor decorations :) But I've lost count of the times I've chucked foliage over the hedge or in the bin and then thought ..Oh, I should have kept that!

15 Jul, 2018

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