Festival of Flowers

Fresh Hydrangea WreathSally & Our Baby colour trialArriving at the Botanic Gardens at the crack of dawn, Rachel and I start unloading the trailer.  We’ve got a couple of hours to hang our ‘baby’;  an enormous blue gum wreath, 1.5 metres in diameter, the wire base of which we sculptured from a salvaged old farm fence.  The decorative eucalyptus looks absolutely divine and its scent triggers fond memories of our shop in Lyttelton where we held floral workshops pre-earthquake.  Eucalyptus along with pine trees baking in the hot sun are probably my most favourite smells.  I adore them.

Our giant wreath hung on branches of the magnificent purple beech tree near the Peacock fountain in the Gardens.  Using the giant wreath as a backdrop, Rachel and I started designing our little ‘set’ ready for the demonstration we were giving, ‘How to make a seasonal wreath from your garden’.

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Magnolia sketchClose Up FOF arrangement resizeI am a huge fan of  grandiflora foliage in arrangements requiring scale,  and actually prefer to focus on the brown suede-like underside of the leaves which are really quite beautiful.  The rich brown  looks amazing contrasted with deep pink flowers and other red / pink foliage.  Smoke Tree Bush perhaps.