Four Day Intensive Course at the Paula Pryke Flower School : Part 4

I hope you enjoyed my blog posts last week about my day at florist Paula Pryke‘s Four Day Intensive Course in London, earlier this year. Today, I’m featuring Part 4.

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For the beautiful arrangement above, Anita, Paula’s colleague, placed chicken wire in a ceramic bowl and secured it with pot tape.

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She then arranged eucalyptus in the bowl and explained how it’s best to weave the stems in and underneath the wire.

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Once she’d made a grid of foliage, she added red and pale lilac roses, purple tulips, lilac, pink gypsophila, black dill, viburnum berries and purple trachelium.

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Here’s a close-up of the finished arrangement…

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I’m a big fan of combining red and purple in floral designs.  And I loved the contrast of these colours with the bright turquoise container.

Using chicken wire, as opposed to floral foam, gives an arrangement a much more natural feel.  This one, in particular, reminded me of Constance Spry‘s style…

Tomorrow, I’ll be featuring the final design from my time at Paula’s Flower School.

P.S. You may have noticed that Anita used a knife to cut all her flowers and foliage.  What’s your tool of preference?  A knife or scissors?

(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)

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