All the way back in April I made a special trip into London for Hannah’s flower workshop at Anthropologie. I’m so glad because it really has changed the way I look at flowers for the home. The ten minutes Hannah spent with me helping me with my flower arrangement has improved my flower arranging skills beyond anything I could have imagined!
Really, it was very simple. Make a little posy, tie the flowers at the neck, and cut the stalks a lot shorter than you think you should so you just get flowers, and not stem, above the neckline of your vessel.
Since then we have had posy after posy gracing our home.
All freshly picked from our secret Victorian garden that has sprung up out of the lawn.
Following Hannah’s method, I bring the flowers in, lay them out on the table and pick them up one stem at a time, holding the growing posy in my left hand. Once it’s of a suitable size I tie the neck with jute string, snip the stems short and into a lovely jar or vase they go.
If you’ve been watching my blog you’ll have seen the results in my interiors series of our current house.
The book itself is a marvel. Full of tips and advice on table settings – cutlery, plates and glassware. All most beautifully illustrated – and photographed on film by the very clever Charlotte Bland, an old Flickr friend from, gosh, 2007.
I have my copy to give away – I love it so much I want to share it with one of my readers as a way of saying thanks for reading my blog. To go into the draw just leave a comment below. I will draw the winner in approximately
two weeks four weeks ( July 28th August 7th).
Ts & Cs: Competition is open to A&B blog readers as a thank you for reading! You can enter from anywhere in the world, but I will probably post economy post as it’s a hardcover book :)
The Set Table:
The Set Table, flower workshop at Anthropologie, Kings Road, April 2013