Sunday, January 24, 2010

My modern flower arrangement

I went on a workshop Friday afternoon, and made a modern flower arrangement

As you can see it is a large semi circle which I made using three Oasis foam blocks glued together, then cut up to shape.

The other ladies were lucky as they had seen the arrangment before, but I had no idea of what it would like like. 

I had to collect 100+ leaves all the same.  Everyone except me brought ivy leaves to cover the sides.

Silly me picked bay leaves from my tree, and took a great deal of time trying to get them a uniform shape and size.  Instead of just placing the leaves on at random - as you can with ivy, those being all different shapes and much bigger too - I decided that the bay leaves would look nicer following the line of the semi cirle, and made a 'fan' shape.  Patrick says that it reminds him of Roman 'things'. (They were made out of laurel though, but I didn't tell him)  I had both sides to do and each one is pinned into shape, and I used more than 100 leaves - and I was the slowest!  Why do I make things hard for myself?  It just comes naturally he he.

The next bit usually makes people gasp when you do it.

To fill the middle of the 'sandwich' I used roses - just the tops -
so the long stems were snipped right off!

It is infilled with tips of yellow conifer and pittosporum

With carnations, dried pink berries
and creamy pearl beads.

The flowers and rosebuds are all opening up in the warmth of the room making a really striking display.  And oh those bay leaves - they do smell wonderful.

It was quite a challenge doing a 'modern' arrangement, and I was surprised that I had the patience to pin every single leaf symmetrically - not like me at all!


  1. This is gorgeous, well done you. Jack xx

  2. Oh Lottie this is absolutely gorgous. It must have taken you hours. Its looks really stunning worth every bit of patience. I bet it smells lovely. You could use one of those photo's on a lovely card. Well done. Hugs x Chris B

  3. This is so beautiful Lottie, I've never seen an arrangement like this before. I agree with your friend you should take this pictue and blow it up and put in on your wall or cards. Gorgeous!

  4. Just catching up on your older posts, I really enjoy your life, noticed that you have Annapolis Seeds on your side bar. Owen is only an hour away from me and I ordered his blue hubbard this year. He is an amazing kid. Your arrangement is very unique, never seen anything like it. How long did it last? Roses only ever last 3 days for me. Have a great day, snowy and windy here in Nova Scotia today, TTFN...Sue


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