Head to your flower borders and throw together a bouquet of seasonal summer blooms. In my garden there are plenty of hydrangeas and roses – and down the road a snip of eucalyptus leaves (with the neighbour’s permission) pads it out. What’s flowering in your patch right now?
A beautiful table wreath for any occasion, though with its pinecones and berries it makes a gorgeous centrepiece for the Christmas table. From The Real Flower Company.
I feel a little bad though. I copied this image a while back and now I can’t remember where I took it from. Eek. Sorry if it’s yours. If it’s any consolation, I think it’s beautiful!
Yippee! I’ve finally finished my online weddings magazine, Sweet Living Weddings. It’s massive – 180 pages worth of crafts, DIYs and tutorials for a glamorous handmade wedding. It features lots of beautiful flowers, with instructions on how to make your own floral head wreath, boutonnieres and bouquets. Plus there are cake decorating tutorials, reception styling tips, jewellery and accessory DIY projects, hair and beauty tips, and lots of real weddings inspiration. Take a sneak peak of the magazine here.
This weekend I’m holding a workshop in Wellington at HANDMADE on Tablescapes: table flowers, centrepieces and wreaths for special occasions. I’ll be talking about some of the designs above as well as demonstrating wiring techniques and different types of displays. Check out the workshop here. I’m also running a workshop on Growing and using herbs for culinary, cosmetic and medicinal purposes. I had great fun last weekend making my own perfumes with herbs to bring to the workshop. Check out my herb class here.
I really love this look: a glass pedestal dish with a very simple but elegant floral arrangement. It’s really achievable for the novice floral designer too. It’s simply a matter of placing a piece of soaked floral foam on the glass dish and pushing the stems of flowers and foliage into it.
In this arrangement there is Queen Anne’s lace, double feverfew, white roses and ferns. Easy, quick and stunning.
I adore succulents (we know that already) because these colourful plants are just so versatile. They look great in bouquets and vases and they make very cute table centrepieces. There’s not much work involved with them either. Just plant them in a sunny spot that’s free-draining, and that’s it. Although sometimes snails like to munch on the succulent leaves. Grrr. You might need to resort to putting down snail bait.
Really, all you need to spice up a dinner table is a smattering of petals around a tea light candle, a few flower heads floating in a shallow bowl of water, a single flower in full bloom, or a fine-looking vase with a single coloured rose.
These designs are all incredible easy, yet quite beautifying for the table.
Get a head start on spring by ordering your rose bushes for winter planting. Look online for specialist rose nurseries. There are a far great number of rose varieties and species available by mailorder than there are at your local garden centre. Bare-root roses will be sent out in winter, when they’re dormant.
In the meantime, be inspired by these delicious photos from Style Me Pretty. I adore the light pinky-brown rose. The berries look to be from the snowberry (Symphoricarpos), and the white flower in the bottom photo is love-in-a-mist (Nigella).
One cannot help but fall in love with Sarah Ryhanen’s designs. Her colour and flower choices are exquisite. Here she uses purple ranunculus, purple and white chequered fritillarias, white grape hyacinths, double white daffodils and white bauble-like berzelia. I can’t get enough of them.
See more of Sarah’s designs here.