Just when I thought the floral journey was over…

I have suddenly become interested in flowers – not just the growing thereof but also the arranging. My efforts vary…  And imagine my surprise when I was called ‘OCD’ when trying to ‘be random’ with my arrangements… I knew I like balance and symmetry but I did find it surprisingly hard to ‘go wild’ with a wreath!

My first taught efforts were on a Denman College Christmas flowers course.  I did the flowers for my niece’s wedding and those for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.  But I have never been properly taught.  And therefore never properly critiqued!

The tutor’s wreath:

Beautiful and colourful.

Beautiful and colourful.

 

Mine…

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A little more ‘au naturel’!

My rather more ‘random’ attempt at something structured ready for Christmas

Black candles are apparently fashionable!

Black candles are apparently fashionable!

 

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And the simplest of arrangements – a bauble filled with water, on a next of twigs, with an orchid in it – even I managed that well!

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And my efforts at home for the Christmas table

Looks a bit like a boat but I liked it!

Looks a bit like a boat but I liked it!

 

Then I did a little something for my neighbour (very forgiving they are!)

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Christmas was over.  January arrived…  and I was a little sad once all the prettiness and glitter had disappeared but then…  An evening at a charity ball at the Dorchester saw me sitting on a table with the most beautiful flower arrangement in the middle.

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Then there was a raffle…

And now look where my prize is!  Dining room table at home.

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With wonderful glitter, beautiful flowers and the feeling that flower arranging with bright and cheerful contents is not quite over yet.

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I know that there are some countries where the front doors have wreaths on all year, to match the seasons.  I may try that. No pressure then on my flower growing this year then!

Finally,  a walk in Sussex last December led to me to the best flowers of all – growing naturally in the hedgerows – all a glitter with the morning frost.

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What could be more naturally beautiful.  No arranging.  No glittering.  No spraying.  Just plants growing where they will – as nature intended.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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