Some of you may know that a few years ago, I had the great pleasure of working for florist Paula Pryke in London, splitting my time between her flower studio, shops and office. I found her floristry style SO inspirational!
If you’re not familar with Paula, she is one of the most innovative florists internationally. She’s written fourteen books, demonstrates her floral design worldwide and has run her renowned flower school in London since 1994.
I was delighted to receive a review copy of her most recent book, ‘The Ultimate Floral Collection’ which contains page upon page of stunning flower designs.
The book is split into six sections :
- Colourful Creations
- Flowers Around the Home
- Flowers for Giving
- Decorating your Table
- Special Events
Today’s post features just a few pages from this 384 page book. Starting off with the ‘Colourful Creations’ section which takes seven colour palettes including blue and white, and shows examples of beautiful arrangements and ideas for the best colour combinations.
The ‘Flowers Around the Home’ section shows flower arrangements in a wide array of containers, including glass, ceramic, natural materials (leaves, vegetables and fruit) and unusual containers, plus repeat designs and wreaths.
The image below shows an arrangement style which is very ‘in’ at the moment, that of individual stems of flowers in a collection of glass bottles. Here Paula takes sweet peas, feverfew, blackberry, valerian, wild teasels, cow parsley, sweet cicely, pink veronica and musk mallow and places them in their own recycled milk bottle vases, with the whole collection being tied together with gardener’s twine.
Paula is very well-known for incorporating unusual containers into her floral designs and here she’s used globe artichokes to decorate a container, plus a savoy cabbage to actually hold an arrangement.
The third section, ‘Flowers for Giving’ covers bouquets, wrapping, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and birthdays. And I love this floral Valentine’s heart decorated with roses, ivy, Muehlenbeckia vines and butterflies.
The ‘Decorating your Table’ section covers centrepieces and napkin decorations. And this is followed by the ‘Special Events’ section which includes entertaining family and friends, birthdays, christenings, Christmas and weddings.
Below are two stunning bridal bouquets. The one on the left was created using muscari, ‘Blushing Akito’ roses and blue nigella.
And the one on the right is composed of pink veronica, alchemilla mollis, echinops, peonies, white scabious, ‘Cool Water’ roses and grey amaranthus.
Finally, in the ‘Techniques’ section, there are 24 step-by-step projects ranging from hand-tied bouquets and buttonholes to a wired bouquet and decorating containers.
‘The Ultimate Floral Collection’ is a very comprehensive flower design bible, covering every aspect of the art of flower arranging. Admittedly, it does include some images which have appeared in Paula’s previous publications, but, as the title suggests, it is the ultimate collection.
It’s a truly inspirational book and is perfect for a flower arranging enthusiast or a floristry student.
And if you’d like to be inspired by Paula’s vibrant colour schemes, wonderful texture combinations and innovative container ideas, plus pick up lots of hints and tips, the book is available from Paula’s website and Amazon.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)