Going solo in springtime

After a wonderful year and a half in floral paradise with my truly inspirational teacher, Laura, and the lovely ladies in the class, last week marked my final ever floristry class at Fern Cottage Floristry. This leaves me filled with both sadness, fear, and uncontainable excitement.

No more classes means no more weekly therapy, no more guidance and no more home looking like a mini-jungle/garden centre/ mildly underwhelming wedding venue.

But on the other hand, it means I’m ready to spread my flowery wings (sorry) and go it alone. I can choose my own flowers and foliage – which may or may not be a blessing?! And be as wild or traditional as I like. It’s time to take everything Laura has taught me and run with it.

So here goes, week 1 of flying solo…

I decided to start by working with at least one flower I hadn’t yet used, and as soon as I stepped into Hunter Florist on St. James Street I knew I had to have the ranunculus that immediately caught my eye. Although I’ve used butterfly ranunculus in a wedding table piece, I’ve been dying to get my hands on the perfectly compact spheres of petals of standard ranunculus.

White Ranunculus
Standard ranunculus

Paired with the unmistakable pastel blue shades of eucalyptus (a bargain at 50p for about 10 stems!) I had my focal flowers and foliage sorted.

Add in a few bunches of soft pink roses, white daffodils, classic pink carnations, pussy willow, fuschia pink tulips plus a few cuttings of rosemary and sage from the garden and I had enough blooms to satiate my arranging urges…

Design 1: Spring garden box

I’ve wanted to do a box for a while now, and with all of the wild garden inspiration I’ve gathered from the advanced classes I had a fairly good idea of what I wanted it to look like. Think informal, unplanned lines that take the eye on a journey.

I tiered the oasis for this one to help me create varying heights and points of interest, and overall I’m delighted with the result!

I love how the tulips give this design height and paths of interest.

Design 2: Garden in a teacup

I saved a couple of the smaller ranunculus (ranunculi?) and a tulip for this design and used the carnations to compliment the pinks and whites throughout. Being such a dinky design, it only took around 10 minutes but I’m so pleased with it. It’s pretty cute right?

Garden in a teacup
Small designs are ideal for using up leftover foliage.

Design 3: Linear rose design

I saved all of the roses for this one as they deserved to be the star of the show. I used the pussy willow to create a linear pattern and weaved the roses throughout at varying heights, drawing the eye to them by filling the negative space (gaps) between the stalks. I bulked out the bottom with rosemary to create an almost grass-like effect.

Linear rose garden
The lilac rosemary flowers add a touch of colour to the base.

And that completes my Sunday fun-day experimenting and playing with the totally gorgeous flowers that spring gives us. I wish I could do it all over again!

Until my next flower-buying rampage (which won’t be long) I’d love to hear what you think so do leave a comment below 🙂

Emily x

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