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Mastering the art of flower arranging

Flower Arranging

Who doesn’t get a bunch of flowers and inwardly panic at the thought of transferring them to a vase? I know I do.

Recently, I went to a flower arranging course with Judith Blacklock, at her beautiful flower school tucked down a cobbled street behind the hustle and bustle of Knighstbridge. That’s my creation above, isn’t it rather lovely? Turns out flower arranging is a really rewarding, therapeutic and restful pursuit.

Although, we were flower arranging at a blogging network event organised by Gorkana – a lovely way to socialise, but a bit like patting your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time. I was so determined to make my arrangement look like Judith’s it was hard to keep track of conversation too, fortunately we had some lovely tea breaks in the courtyard.

Today I want to share one of the inspirations from that day. I’ve been trying some ideas from Judith’s book, I cannot wait to share the Easter nest we made, but I am starting simple today. I met a friend after my course, who immediately asked what kind of vase to put tulips in. Judith’s book, which I came away with a copy of, had the perfect solution.

I put it to the test this Mother’s Day, when my mother in law gave me these lovely tulips. All you need is an old pringles tube.  Simply, wrap it in gift wrap,  or whatever you have to hand. I used brown paper and some of the paper the tulips came in. Six days later and my tulips are still looking neat and haven’t nose dived as they usually do. These are also perfect for kids to decorate and give as gifts and a great trick when you run out of vases!


My mantlepiece is making me feel spring like, the coat of paint in the living room helped massively too! The other blooms on the mantlepiece are from Glorious Twelve, a friend here in Nottingham who finds the most gorgeous English, vintagey flowers for weddings and special occasions. Mr A ordered me some for Mother’s Day.

Have a closer look, they are amazing. The roses look really pink here, but sat on my desk today, they are much more mauve or lavender, I don’t think I have ever seen purple roses. I have a whole new appreciation for blooms!


Isn’t it lovely to see a bit of spring in the air? Do you like or fear flower arranging?

Thanks very much to Britmums, Gorkana, Judith and team for a fantastic morning – it was wonderful to meet some lovely bloggers and PR folk.



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