During the week I spent the evening with a lovely group of ladies who meet regularly throughout the year to catch up, have a bit “me” time and a natter over a glass of wine.
I first met our lovely hostess when she signed up to a flower arranging class through Kent Adult Education about six months ago. She thought her friends would love to have a go at a simple flower arranging project – jam jar flowers.
Its such fun buying flowers for one of my Host-at-Home workshops, I like to imagine that they’re all for me as I walk out with my arms full – what luxury! Once home I start the routine of cutting and conditioning. You can read my blog post about caring for your cut flowers here. I then bundle the flowers up into bunches.
At one of my early workshops I remember one of the ladies saying how lovely it was to be handed – almost gifted – a bunch of flowers (rather than having to rummage around in a bucket to pick out a set number of stems). Pre-wrapping the flowers also has the added advantage that they don’t get in a muddle on the hostess’s kitchen floor and the more reserved participants aren’t left with a sorry bouquet of broken blooms.
We started this workshop by running through a number of options for decorating our jam jars – from textured wool, to ribbons and lace through to gluing on fairy cake cases and over wrapping with decorative wire and buttons. It was a delight to see what everyone came up with. The evening was a swathe of subtle pastels through to vibrant hot pinks. Quite a change from the cool blues and whites from a workshop earlier in the year.
By the end of the evening we had a fabulous array of arrangements set up on the sideboard – fingers crossed I’ll get sent some photos (hint! hint!).
It was lovely to get this note in my inbox a few days later. “Thanks again for a lovely evening. Everyone enjoyed themselves”.
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As a thank you I’ll enter you into a competition to win a flower arranging workshop (worth £350) – if you’d like to be in with a chance you’ll need to add your name to my list by midnight Sunday 13 December 2015 (signing up is a two-step process, so don’t forget to complete the subscription process by clicking on the confirmation email you’ll receive). The winner will be picked at random and notified by email by Sunday 20 December 2015.
Dates for your diary
Tuesday 29 September – three week class at Canterbury on arranging flowers in late summer
Friday 2 October fields and forage at Anna’s Country Flowers
Until next time, happy flowers!
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