I attended a flower arranging workshop with Bloomon on Wednesday evening. The workshop took place in The Driver, a gastropub with industrial and vintage touches.
The workshop started by learning tips and tricks on how to care and look after flowers. One of the interesting facts I learnt was adding 2/3 drops of bleach to the water of the vase keeps flowers fresher longer as it keeps the water from getting cloudy and inhibit the growth of bacteria.
I was given a bucket full of flowers and foliage to use for my bouquet, I followed a Bloomon floral stylist step by step to create my arrangement. Using different heights and textures gave the bouquet a wildlife feel which I really liked.
I enjoyed this workshop and look forward to using the techniques I learnt in future floral projects I do.
I popped along to SHOWstudio to view their Fashion Flora exhibition. Fashion Flora presents a look at the use of flowers as a motif in fashion throughout the decades.
The illustrations showcase an array of bulbs or blooms and play tribute to the many designers who have consistently reworked and reconsidered the flower. Pieces by Alexander McQueen, Dries Van Noten and John Galliano, alongside many others, are celebrated.
It’s a short but sweet exhibition, with lots of pretty flowers and fashion illustrations.
‘Every seed grows into something amazing.’
Chelsea Flower Show might be well under way, but it isn’t the only place to stop and smell the roses.
I took a stroll around Sloane Square to have a look at this year’s Chelsea In Bloom an annual event held at the same time as Chelsea Flower Show. Chelsea In Bloom sees nearby retailers transfer their shops into horticultural havens.
This year’s theme was ‘floral safari’ inspired by adventure, discovery, exotic animals, savannahs, plains and jungles.
Chelsea in Bloom officially runs until the 27th, but lots of places have used faux flowers this year so there should still be some to see if you can’t make it in time.
‘It’s a jungle out there.’
With a basket full of flowers after a trip to New Covent Garden Flower Market, I was ready to start on the dried flower wall installation for Selfridges.
Once I returned from the flower market, I unpacked and divided flowers up into small bunches, I tied string around the stems and left them hanging to dry.
Two weeks later..
I untied all the bunches and cut down the stems and removed any leaves that I didn’t want.
I then started making little bouquets. I made sure to pay attention to height and shape by arranging taller stems near the top and back. I filled in the gaps with smaller blooms.
The display was used for Simone Rocha’s pop-up at Selfridges. The dried flowers worked perfectly for Simone Rocha’s SS17 collection.
I hope you enjoy the dried flower wall install as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
“You all right? his eyes asked.
I’m all right, hers answered.”
– LaVyrle Spencer, Morning Glory
On a recent weekend away to Bath me and my boyfriend popped into a second-hand bookshop, a small shop with shelves stacked high with hundreds of different genres of books.
My favourite types of books are romance novels, so it will come as no surprise that my boyfriend ended up buying me Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer.
The book is about ex-con Will Parker who answers the ad of Elly, a pregnant widow looking for a husband. As Will helps Elly work on her homestead and care for her young children, they develop mutual respect and love.
This is what I call historical romance. It’s realistic, down to earth and absolutely beautiful. It’s a definite must read!