Day 2 started off with Gillian Wheeler, the Principal, showing us how to make a Christmas table arrangement using oasis floral foam.
Then she cut the soaked oasis and placed it on top of the frog. She added a smaller piece of oasis on top of this and secured it with four floristry wires.
Next, she attached two small u-shaped pieces of floristry wire to the base of each candle with pot tape and then inserted the candles into the foam.
Now that all the mechanics were in place, she added foliage, starting off with eucalyptus, with large-leaved pieces at the bottom and smaller-leaved pieces at the top.
Gillian then added berried ivy, agapanthus and liatris to complete her design which she placed on top of a glass vase.
It was then our turn and here’s my design, pictured outside the Academy.
Gillian then showed us how to create a napkin/wine glass decoration using wiring techniques, similar to those you’d use to create a buttonhole.
In the afternoon, she demonstrated how to make a garland. Using a tow rope, which you can buy from, for example, Halfords or B&Q, she attached reel wire and taking pieces of pine, bound them on to the rope.
It was then our turn and here’s my completed design below. I also added rosemary and eucalyptus, plus a ribbon to decorate it.
When I got home, I placed it on our mantelpiece in our dining room and draped a crystal light garland from Cox & Cox on top. The gorgeous smell of pine and twinkle of the lights will make a perfect backdrop for our Christmas Day lunch.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading today’s post. We all had a wonderful day and left with some lovely pieces to decorate our homes over the festive period.
If you’d like to learn more about the range of courses that the Covent Garden Academy of Flowers offer, you may like to take a look at their 2012 calendar.
So, it just leaves me now to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
I’m really looking forward to spending time with my family, especially as our two gorgeous little nephews are coming to stay…and still believe in Father Christmas!
Hope you have a lovely time and I’ll be back on Boxing Day.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)