Tea Party Design
These beautifully scented David Austin roses create a traditional English scene. The lime colour of Alchemilla, heightens the rich colours of the roses by providing a contrast. The dainty daisies add a variety of texture and scale and, when combined with the variation in heights of the arrangement, create movement by mimicking the effect of a summer border.
- Find a tall vase. A clear glass vase allows the stems to be seen, adding to the garden feel. A delicate ceramic/china/pottery vase may be used to create a more formal scene. Alternatively a selection of small jugs and vases, even teapots, can be used for a more relaxed and rural garden scene.
- Half fill with water and add a tiny splash of bleach. Bleach stops bacteria growing, allowing the water to remain clear for a few days.
- Make a simple bunch by popping the lime Alchemilla between different rose colours.
- Cut the stems to the same length – they will look better when seen through clear glass and ensures that all the stems remain in water.
- If the tea party is outside in full sun, put the flowers in a cool place overnight to extend their life a little.
- Always keep topped up with water and change the water every couple of days.
Client Entertaining Design
This English grown scented arrangement is the epitome of an English summer, perfect for American clients being entertained “at Home” during Wimbledon fortnight.
Just as effective in a modern, contemporary house or outside in paved landscaped, this arrangement is ideal for a summer dinner party.
Place close to candles in the evening to create a pretty, flickering light reflected in the water, highlighting the textures and shapes of flowers.
- Keep it all fresh by using white flowers and little foliage.
- Use English garden flowers: sweetpeas, peonies, roses and herbs
- Follow same principles for selecting vases, cutting flowers and keeping fresh as above
Temporary Garden Design
Created for an outdoor wedding to bring the garden into the marquee for the guests to enjoy the scent and sense of summer, throughout the ceremony.
- Buy a standard potted tree as from your local garden centre or nursery.
- Buy several assorted potted flowering plants. Choose plants that are already flowering, but still have some buds. Use a single colour or mix depending on your taste.
- Water all the pots until quite wet but not sodden.
- Lay the flowering plants, still in pots, on top of the soil surrounding the tree. Mix tall and short plants to create a random effect.
- Fill the gaps between the pots with flat moss making sure it’s packed and wedged. The moss will dry and if not wedged it will shrink and leave gaps again.
- Tie moss around the tree pot fixing with clear fishing wire.
- Keep watered and dead head when needed.
- Plants can be changed to keep the temporary garden fresh.