Now February’s here I’m getting into the swing of my new teaching year. I’ve been updating lesson plans and sorting out a weekly buying schedule, so that I’ve got what I want when I need it. According to a survey of my past and present students, as well as my followers on social media, it seems that 64% of you regularly buy flowers form the supermarket as opposed to a florist (with 13% growing your own).
With this in mind, when I teach my flower arranging classes at Kent Adult Education I use supermarket flowers. The reason for this two-fold. Firstly, students provide their own flowers for Ad Ed – which means I only need small quantities for demonstration purposes; and secondly, I don’t want to overwhelm my students – many of whom are flower arranging newbies – by strolling into class with exotic/premium flowers, when my ladies are coming to build on their flower arranging confidence.
As with all things retail, breadth of choice varies from store to store. For practical reasons I buy most of my flowers for Ad Ed from Sainsbury’s – as it’s my local store. This weekend I’ve been teaching a handtied bouquet class in Deal. The building blocks for my bouquet were a bunch of spray carnation and a mixed bunch of white roses and alstromeria. Added to that I topped up with flowers from the florist I regularly use (for small purchases it’s more cost-effective than me trekking out to the wholesaler). I added a long stemmed carnation (which made an appearance in class in Ashford last week and will be cut down really short for class in Canterbury this week), and a bunch of eucalyptus.
I like the flexibility of this pick and mix approach – it’s the perfect recipe for sourcing the flowers I need, when I want them. Of course, if you need something specific sometimes the supermarket just won’t do. You’ll end up buying three or four bunches to get a range of the specific flowers you have in mind. In these circumstances, I say order them from your florist and you’ll get what you actually want and you don’t need to pay for any surplus/additional stems.
Wherever you buy your flowers you’ll need to look after them. If you’re not sure what to do check out this blog post. If you need a prompt for getting your flowers to last as long as they can I’d suggest you sign up to my FREE tips – over the course of five days I’ll send a tip a day direct to your inbox, so that you can make a start on getting your flowers to last longer.
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Until next time, happy flowers!
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