Hannah Emery from Jane Packer first demonstrated to me how to make it, starting with laying all the components in groups on a table.
The roses had been stripped of all their leaves and thorns, plus some of the guard petals around the outside of the roses had been removed.
The mint and rosemary had been cut from the plants to the appropriate length, with some of the rosemary leaves being removed too.
Hannah started by taking one of each of the roses in her hand.
She then added rosemary, lavender, mint and wheat between the roses, spiralling the stems as she went.
Then she added the remaining roses, followed by the other components.
And below is the bouquet that I made…
It was going to be presented to one of the medal winners at the swimming, athletics or cycling the following day. Wouldn’t it have been lovely if it had been presented to our heptathlon gold medal winner Jessica Ennis?!
I had such an amazing day at Writtle College with Gary Wallis and the Jane Packer team, and the staff and students…it’s certainly a day I will remember for the rest of my life!
If you’d like to read more about my visit to the college, you can read my blog post here.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)