FRESH FLORALS FOR SPRING HOMES
The burst of blue skies this weekend signalled Spring is getting ever closer. This time of year offers some of the prettiest florals to decorate your home, and if you’re lovers of filling your rooms with blooms you’ll love this afternoon’s post from BLOVED Contributor Lisa who recently spent an afternoon with expert Lily & May and shares with us what she learnt. Beautiful images from Gemma Lawrence Photography.
I love it when I start to see the daffodils bloom in the garden as it’s a clear sign that Spring is on the way. This is probably my favourite time of year…the days get longer, the weather starts to warm up and, as you go about daily life, everything becomes a lot more colourful – not least because of the beautiful array of flowers that start to blossom and grow.
As a wedding planner, flowers are one of my favourite elements of a wedding day as I feel that they contribute hugely to the overall style and scent of the day. So, I was really excited to attend a workshop last week with award-winning florist, Claire May Sankey from Lily & May, where we would be using some spring flowers to create bouquets and arrangements perfect for Easter and beyond.
The workshop was held at Claire’s studio in Brentwood, Essex and the space represents her brand beautifully. Known for creating romantic, whimsical designs with colour and texture playing a huge part, the studio is light, airy and welcoming with mis-matched furniture, vintage crates and French-style dressers filling the space.
Using a mixture of flowers and foliage, we got to work to first create a hand-tied bouquet, followed by a smaller table arrangement. For both pieces we were working with wild looking flowers such as purple clematis, pink veronicas, lavender scented stocks and bupleurum for a splash of lime green. We intermixed these florals with different types of eucalyptus, fern and other foliage to break up the colours, add texture to the designs and create larger, fuller arrangements which had a wild meadow feel.
During a short break for tea and cake, I grabbed Claire for a quick chat to get the low-down on Spring florals.
What are the most popular spring florals? Ranunculus is a very popular flower in the springtime as they have a gorgeous ruffled texture and are available in an array of colours. Likewise, lilacs are really popular due to their amazing scent and unique shape.
You love using herbs in your designs, which is the best one to use in Spring arrangements? It has to be rosemary. Not only is this pretty herb great in a bouquet, but it also looks lovely in a buttonhole and it smells divine.
Which colour flowers are most popular at this time of year? Peach, creams and green – such a fresh colour scheme and a very popular choice in the spring. Another popular colour choice this time of year is soft lavender tones.
What’s the best advice you have for caring for flowers at this time of year? Any tips for preserving them for longer? Always remove any leaves from beneath the water line and cut stems at an angle. Try and change the water every other day and keep away from direct heat such as radiators wherever possible.
Which flowers offer the best value for money at this time of year? Tulips are great value for money this time of year, and they look great so you can’t go wrong.
Do you have any unique suggestions for displaying spring florals? Use old containers such as bottles and jars you may have in your kitchen, customise them with ribbon and pop in any Spring blooms you may have to brighten up your home.
What trends are you currently seeing in the way of flowers? There is a definite move towards more texture and the use of different types of foliage in bouquets. Looser, informal arrangements are also becoming more popular rather than the structured designs. We are also noticing more of an emphasis on scents of flowers rather than just the way they look.
Both of my arrangements are still going strong and they are not only brightening up my house but making it smell lovely as well! I’m planning a visit to Colombia Road Flower Market this weekend to get some more flowers to practice my new-found floristry skills once again…I wonder how I’ll get on without Claire’s help and watchful eye?!
Lily & May run floristry workshops at various points throughout the year so keep an eye on her blog for information on the next planned sessions.