Couverture and the fashion industry's favourite florists, Scarlet and Violet.
|Vic from Scarlet and Violet takes us through her floristry basics|
Armed with a few good tips- including 1. Make sure you vary the heights of all your flowers 2. Don't have any hanging below the height of your vase/ jar- we set to work on creating our own arrangements under Vic's knowledgable supervision. This is where I come a cropper slightly because now should really be the moment when I tell you about the vast array of options which Vic had brought along for us to choose from for our own mini floristry project. Unfortunately, I'm terrible at flower names but I do know that there were plump roses of many colours, the sweetest sweet peas, abundant peonies, sprigs of rosemary amongst the greenery options and much, much more besides.
Our base was a suitably vintage looking kiln jar, a great alternative to a traditional vase. After gathering an armful of options from Vic's display, we set about tinkering with all our various options to make our own displays. Many of the others were far more disciplined than me with my "wild flower meadow" vibe. I still can't really decide whether that was intentional or just a cover for my slightly chaotic attitude. What I do know is that my thirty minutes snipping and twiddling my flowers and greenery were blissful and fun, especially in the sedate surroundings of Couverture's upstairs alcove. Five days later and my flowers are still brightening up my coffee table. They may not be as professional and stunning as one of Vic's works of art, but looking at them feels that little bit more joyful knowing that I had a hand in making them myself. And wouldn't they make a great gift?
Thank you to Couverture for a wonderful floristry class. Do go visit them if you're around Notting Hill.
|My finished flowers, slightly obscured by more flowers|