Last Friday we welcomed the lovely Chloe who had travelled from Brittany in France to spend the day with us, for a summer brights one to one flower workshop. An established florist herself (she set up her business, Les Ephemeres 6 years ago) Chloe wanted to do the class to gain new perspective and reignite her creativity. I can completely relate to this. Whilst working for yourself has lots of positive aspects, one of the downsides is the loneliness. Running your own business can be very isolating at times. Stepping outside your usual environment, meeting new people and bouncing ideas off each other can be just what we need. Both as a creative and as an entrepreneur too.
It was so lovely getting to know Chloe throughout the day and finding out how the floristry world works in France, was really interesting. In the morning we created this gorgeous hanging chandelier design made up of a variety of summer ingredients. I adore this bright summery pallet, we incorporated the first of this years dahlias. Looking forward to seeing more of them as the season progresses, we also had the first of the British Garden Roses from the Real Flower Company and they smelt amazing! The smaller more dainty flowers we placed so that they were long and wispy, which I think works really well. The pretty Alliums, the variety called Terracotta I had never come across before. One of the things I love about working with flowers, there are always new varieties to excite and delight.
During the afternoon we created foam free centre pieces using chicken wire. A technique that Chloe had not used before, she was impressed with the mechanics and how well all the materials stayed in place. As I’m sure I have mentioned before I much prefer using chicken wire over oasis for various reasons. The two main being; you can create a much more natural looking design, the second that it is much more environmentally friendly. I bought these grey stone vessels from the Flower Store at Covent Garden Market especially for the class and I love them, I have a feeling I will end up buying a few more….
To compliment the floral chandelier the centre pieces were made up of some of the same ingredients. They also featured sweet peas (my favourites) and again the smell, heavenly! Along with Tanacetum and Achillea to add those meadow like finishing touches. What’s great about these centre pieces is that they would work on both round and rectangular tables depending on the layout for your event.
Chloe did a fantastic job with her designs (which I suspected she would being a talented florist herself). It’s always such a pleasure meeting other florists and finding out about their journey and experiences. I often find a lot of our challenges are the same so it’s always great to talk, after all as the saying goes ‘two heads are better then one’.
Have a great week
Image Credits: Claire Graham