My mission: a training event for the Church flower arranging volunteers at St Mary Bredin
The remit: the basics from conditioning to a classic pedestal arrangement
Cutting and conditioning flowers and foliage is vital preparation, giving your plant material the best chance of keeping perky. You want the water to get to the flower heads, so strip off the leaves so that the flow of water isn’t diverted off course.
Soaking floral foam
The key here is to allow the foam to soak. No pushing or poking it to submerge it into its water bath. You’ll end up with airlocks and a dry spot at the core of your foam, just at the point where your radiating stems meet.
Firm and secure. Tape the floral foam to the pot and then tape the pot to the pedestal stand.
Easy (and plentiful) watering
An over-sized pot provides a fabulous water reserve. You’ll need to remember to keep it topped up.
You need to decide how large to design your arrangement. Flowers arranged for your dining room table are going to be really, really small in the context of a vast public space. Make it big and use the whole length of your stems.
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