April 23, 2013

Four Day Intensive Course at the Paula Pryke Flower School : Part 3

I hope you enjoyed Part 2 earlier today of my day at florist Paula Pryke‘s Four Day Intensive Course in London.

In this blog post, you’ll see how Anita, Paula’s colleague, used the same flowers and foliage which she used to make the hand-tied design in Part 2, to make the table arrangement below.

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In addition to being well-known for her signature style of using colour in her designs, Paula is also renowned for customising containers.

And Anita showed the students how to create weaves of phormium leaves to decorate the inside of a cube glass vase.

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She then took a block of soaked floral foam wrapped in cellophane and carefully placed it into the vase.

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Then, she cut off the excess cellophane and trimmed the phormium leaves.

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Galax leaves were inserted to edge the design and help camouflage the floral foam.

Then Anita added the twisted willow, liatris, strelitzia (bird of paradise flower), moluccella (Bells of Ireland), leucospermums and papyrus.

She also inserted some additional hard ruscus foliage to ensure that the foam was completely hidden.

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And here are the students’ designs!

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So, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading today’s blog posts.  I’m planning on featuring Parts 4 & 5 next week on Flowerona.

(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)

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