Firstly, thank you SO much for all your lovely congratulatory messages yesterday on Flowerona, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram about my award.
I was overwhelmed by the response and am very grateful. It’s certainly a special week for me this week…winning the award and it’s my birthday today too!
I’ll be spending the day in Bath, training students at the Tallulah Rose Flower School on ‘Social Media for Florists’.
I hope you have a lovely day and enjoy reading today’s blog post…
Last month, I was invited to attend a Dahlia Masterclass at Green and Gorgeous.
Based on a small farm in South Oxfordshire, Green and Gorgeous is run by Rachel Siegfried who is a cut flower grower, her partner Ashley Pearson and Jo Wise, who is a florist.
They regularly hold courses and this one was a half-day workshop for anyone with a love of dahlias who was looking to improve their growing skills and knowledge to achieve a professional standard.
The attendees included cut flower growers, florists, mothers of brides-to-be and gardeners. And we all got to know each other over a cup of tea and delicious banana cake when we arrived.
Then we made our way to the potting shed, where Rachel was taking the course. Our tables were decorated so beautifully with bud vases of assorted dahlias.
Rachel covered so much information including details about all the different varieties of dahlias, the pros and cons of lifting dahlias in the winter, growing, feeding, staking, propagating and disbudding.
I also learnt that dahlias are similar to sweet peas in that the more you pick, the more you get.
After a delicious lunch of lovely home-made soup, bread and cheese, followed by more scrumptious cakes, we went into the fields and cut some stems of dahlias.
Rachel then demonstrated how to make a hand-tied bouquet. We all made our own and wrapped it to take home, together with a potted dahlia plant.
It was also lovely to meet florist Jo Wise who was teaching an ‘Arrange your own Wedding Flowers’ course that afternoon.
I couldn’t resist taking a few photos of the inside of the flower studio to share with you…
For me, one of the highlights of the day was seeing for the very first time, a Cafe au Lait dahlia (pictured below).
I’ve admired them for some time now whilst reading wedding blogs and I can now totally understand why they’re such an in-demand bloom.
They’re a breath-taking rich cream colour with a hint of pale peachy-pink. Utterly stunning!
Rachel said: “Cafe au Lait dahlias are every bride’s favourite. They’re like no other dahlia, but not easy to grow. And they’re much slower to start growing unless you have a polytunnel”.
Do take a look at the Green and Gorgeous website for details of their courses which include ‘Making a Christmas Wreath’, ‘Grow your own Cut Flowers’ and ‘Arranging Garden Flowers’.
I highly recommend taking their courses. Rachel is so knowledgeable and she has such a wonderful teaching style.
She will be running the Dahlia Masterclass again next September…Wednesday 10th and Sunday 14th.
Jo also gives fabulous advice and supplies copious notes for people who are considering arranging wedding flowers for themselves.
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(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona & Green and Gorgeous)