My homework this week for the Floral Arranging 101 class that I’m taking from Nicole’s Classes, was to create a “wild English garden” arrangement. I love the effortless handpicked look that our teacher Chelsea Fuss always captures with her arrangements, and was keen to give it a try.
Flowers were a bit of a challenge for me again this week. Because, while I have been able to find flowers in our local markets, I just haven’t been overly impressed with the variety. I’ve been looking for blooms and greens that feel fresh and “wild” (like garden roses or lilac branches) but everything I’ve found tends to lean towards the more stiff “hot house” look. Since this week’s assignment specifically involved a fresh garden-picked look, I got a bit desperate and ended up buying two live potted plants from a local nursery to clip from (bonus—I can plant them afterward and have them growing in my yard for years to come). I snagged a white ranunculus with violet accents, and a greenery (Euphorbia Martinii) that looks really unique but smells terrible (I didn’t realize this until I had clipped and added it to my arrangement—yuck).
While I don’t really feel like I can say that I “nailed it,” I’m still pretty happy with my finished floral assignment and can’t wait until my garden roses come into bloom later this year so that I can work on perfecting this “perfectly imperfect” look.
In case any of you are interested, Chelsea’s class starts over again every month, so if you missed out for March, no need to fret. Hop on over and you can enroll in one of her upcoming classes.
Psst…if you want to take a peek at my assignment from last week, you can find it right here. xo Ez