QUICK HOW TO GUIDES
Each week we publish a Quick How to Guide, focussing on seasonal blooms and creative ideas, to help you embrace flowers and have fun with floristry. The guides include sustainable insights, to ensure you are working with nature in the best way possible, and conversations with growers and experts who share their expertise.
We also create Digital Workshops, detailed guides over multiple lessons, filmed and edited by a professional film crew, together with downloadable steps and mood boards. Where our Quick How to Guides are simple insights, our Digital Workshops are in-depth lessons to help you master floristry - available to purchase and stream on all your devices, anywhere in the world. Our next Digital Workshop - HOW TO MASTER HAND TIES - launches February 20th. Please follow the link below for more details and scroll down to reach the weekly Guides.
Walking around London just now, there is mimosa aplenty in all the florists, the vibrant yellow with its intoxicating fragrance. Here we show you how to create a vase grouping using just mimosa, focussing on contrasting colours with the coloured glass of the vases, creating a perfect design for your hallway or placed on a dresser. LINK to the main green moulded vase used.
Note: apologies for the sound, a better microphone is on order for future Guides!
We show you how to get the best out of your hellebores, using a series of small ceramic bottles. Hellebores are mesmerising and one of my favourite winter blooms, but they can prove tricky to display, particularly with their soft stems, large leaves and bowing heads. I demonstrate one way to get the best out of these perfect, delicate flowers, using a collection of simple, small arrangements. LINK to the ceramic bottles used.
TIP FROM A HELLEBORE GROWER “If you are picking hellebores from your garden, wait until they have formed seed pods, then dip the cut stem in boiling water for ten seconds, this releases air and allows the flower to drink water more efficiently.” THE MOORLAND FLOWER CO.
Learn how create an asymmetrical vase arrangement, following the contorted shape of these beautiful Icelandic Poppies. I explain how to work with the natural shape of the stems and how in turn the stems support each other in the vase, without the need for internal wire or foam, to create a bold, playful design. LINK to a similar collection of vases (not identical) - for the arrangement
FORTHCOMING QUICK HOW TO GUIDES
INTERVIEW WITH SMITH & MUNSON, british tulip grower
I talk with Jo Munson, from British grower Smith & Munson, learning about her family business and exploring the best ways to look after and display tulips. Now five generations in, Smith & Munson specialise in growing premium quality cut tulips and lilies. Jo is passionate about growing and she and the team go to great lengths to look after their flowers, all housed inside an array of glasshouses in the depths of the Lincolnshire countryside.
We look at these delicate stems and how they are best arranged, using a chunky, rustic, kitchen style jug - to create a beautiful, informal design.