CAT | Floristy
It were again long , but great days last weekend. On thursday afternoon we drove up to Bad Ems, a little place in the area form Koblenz in Germany, about 2 hourrs drive from my place.
Goal was to make flowerarrangements for a parade of the bartholomeus markt which would be showed at Sunday. I always enjoy it to the fullest, working with so many flowers. finding solutions to attach the floral foam to the car etc.
This year was very special as it was the 50th parade and the 30th time Peter Daemen was the flower designer. So, we , the group dutch flowerarrangers descided to walk along the parade too. An extra car to decorate with flowers and fun for us preparing our costumes.
before we started, empty cars.... stryrophor
And after the people added Dahlia flowers onto the styrophor and we the flowerpieces everything ready for Sunday
Opening and closing the carbio to see what wil move and where to attach ropes which wil hold the floral foam. Problem is many parts of these kind of cars are made of plastics.... and no holes to attach a rope. But we managed, even as ladies.... .
We were heard this for at least 3 times... "the ropes are not good, you cannot close the roof like this"... We said we can and checked it" but proved it by showing so to the man.
The other "Luxuarious "car got a little car attached and rolls of conifer guirlandes,
"Our "car was a very old one which Chantal cut open while being filmed for the Tv.
This was the result: not much roof anymore and all windows were beaten out except the front window. Chantal and Janine made a flowerarrangement in it.
And this was on Sunday before the parade started.... stil dry, but after it took off it rained and rained and rained....
A group picture of all the florists, Peter daemen and Gerrie are missing on this picture
The famous Kurhaus was the place for the camera's and Vip's, many people along the road to watch .
The queen of this event.: Alexandra looked beautyfull and great on this flower car
It was a super long weekend, but worth it, I was able to improve my floral skills in this kind of flower works. Looking forward to do such things more
Today I felt like sharing how to make a floral cake- like arrangement. My students really enjoyed themselves while making it yesterday, And I was anxcious to make one myself too.
Here is the material list you need:
- leaves which can dry in nicely. Like Eucalypthus, Buxus, Gaultheria shallon
- Gypsophila or other small flowers
- a Rose or CHrysanthemum, Germini, Ranunculus
- piece of floral foam in a round shape (you can also cut it out of a block) mine was about 8 cm weide
- piece of plastic
First you get the floral foam wet, so the flowers will last longer. Then take a piece of plastic and cover the bottom and sides. By using rubberband/ elastic it will stay around the foam.
Cut off the plastic which comes above the foam. It is not nice to see that.
Then rip off the leaves form the stem. Eucalylthus can be easily ripped off when you move your hand upwards. when you have leaves with stems then prepare the leaves by cutting off the stems.
Add a leaf heigher as the edge and fasten it with a needle. The next one will be overlapping. Finish the row, make sure you use the same seized leaves and the top is evenly heigh.
Then add row 2
row 5 and 6 till you are done....
now time to cover the foam from the top. I used Gypsophilla as it will dry in too. Make sure you use enoug as when flowers dry they will shrink and it is not good when you can see the foam then. I cut them very short so it hides the foam easily.
In the middle I added a Rose, you can also use other flowers , it is up to you.
now the decoration part: I added ribbons and as I was alone and the knot kept slipping I fastened it with a needle too. Added a bead to it and small beads in the Gypsophila and around the bottom row.
Hope you will enjoy making it yourself !
Every day I drive to my work in Heerlen I admire all the colors of the leaves from the trees. Each time a new season starts I first need to adjust but then I believe it is the best thing to happen. Do you know that feeling too ?
Yesterday I sorted some leaves out from the Cotinus coggria : Royal Purple" I couldn't resist doing so.... What do you think?
I made a "feston/ guirlande with the students too. This is my finished example, made with findings out of nature.
How to make one :
Start with adding a longer stem from ironwire to the berries and all which has a short stem. After these preparations you take a piece of rope (as long as you want) Adjust the wire to the rope and take a few leaves and berries etc place them around the rope and fasten them with the ironwire, leaving the wire attachted, take some new materials you want to adjust to the rope.
Covering the previous adjusted leaves and wire. It will be like a roofs tiles.... continue this for as long as you want the piece to be. At the end just fasten the wire off to itself and made a knot in the rope. Cover the last part of the wire and stems with a ribbon or wool or whatever you like.
In case you hang it ouside it will not stay longer fresh as inside.
I just picked some flowers in my garden. Only 5 more weeks and our summervacation starts for our students, my own kids and me. I can tell I am counting the weeks
So much work still to be done before it is vacation time. Next week we will have a flower exhibition works made by our students, at our school : Our students will show bridal bouquets, Corsages, Table flower arrangements, presentation of “their” shop, etc.
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One of my colleagues took some branches along which are a piece of art I think.
Ever seen this ? It is called Euonymus phellomanus or Kardinaalshoed in Dutch.
First collected as seed from China in 1894, Euonymus phellomanus has small inconspicuous flowers in spring, followed by vivid lipstick-pink fruit in autumn, which split to reveal conspicuous orange seeds.
Another notable feature is the corky, winged stems which are particularly eye-catching once the leaves fall in in winter. Euonymus phellomanus will fruit reliably as a single, specimen plant even when quite young. A superb, ornamental garden plant!
The structures are amazing don’t you think?
My pictures don’t do justice to it, but hope you will get the idea
in a huge vase with only one Rose decorated with some felt made by one of my students.
and I found a picture with leaves and blooms on the Internet