Archive | March 6, 2016

The Flower Workshop, Lessons in Arranging Blooms Branches Fruit, and Foraged Materials, Ariella Chezar, Julie Michaels

The Flower Workshop, Lessons in Arranging Blooms Branches Fruit, and Foraged Materials,  Ariella Chezar, Julie Michaels

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Genre:  non fiction, crafts and hobbies

I adore flowers, and even as a child I loved to forage in the garden making posies all year round and pick wildflowers on the way home from school, buttercups, milk meadow, kingcups and ferns from the commons and ponds, queen anne’s lace, pink clover, campions, wild scabious from the roadsides, bluebells and primroses from the woods, and of course tree branches with blosson or new leaves, and honeysuckle, wild roses etc. so when I saw this I had to have it!

Its a fabulous read for those who love flowers, not just for arranging but for themselves. There’s advice on growing them if you have space, buying wholesale at flower markets if you need large quantities, choosing best blooms from flower shops, or as I  did scavenging and using what’s seasonal. ( Of course conservation and legislation need to be kept in mind when doing that too, something that bever occurred to me as a child, though even then I only picked what was plentiful).

It also covers how best to make arrangements last, what containers to use to show flowers to their full beauty, how to match colours avoiding those awful clashing arrangements we see. Why on earth do people want vividly dyed artificial colours when there are so many beautiful natural ones. My heart drops when presented with a bunch of lurid fluorescent pink, bright unnatural blue and acid yellow chrysanthemums. Its lovely to get flowers – and for me they’re a present always welcome – but the first thing I have to do when given these is separate the colours and try to tone them down with pastels in complementary colours and lots of soft greenery….I swear the garden cringes when it sees me approaching with the secateurs yet again. Now I’ve read this book I’ve lots more ideas too 😉

The illustrations are drool worthy, gorgeous lush towering arrangements down to showing the beauty of flowers as individuals. I found it so great to see more unusual flowers used, along with tree branches and strands of ivy and other trailing plants. There really is an arrangement for every occasion here – from a simple get well posy for a friend, to lavish wedding or party full scale arrangements.

I read this on my kindle fire so could see the photos in full colour, but like most non fiction books I really think this would be best appreciated as a traditional print book, where the pages can be flicked through and the photos in much larger size show the details better.


Stars: Five, a great gift for any flower lover or buy as a treat for yourself!

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