This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a posy workshop with the wonderful Alex of Francesca’s flowers. The beautiful shop located in Paddington offers flowers not just for the home but also for events and weddings. I had attended a flower crown workshop with them while I was expecting my first child and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to go back once more.
On arrival, I was lead to a beautiful back room in a traditional Queenslander. Tea, water and some very eager flower enthusiasts were sitting around a grand wooden working table.
Alex very patiently explained the basics of posy arrangements. A rule of triangles is used throughout the design in order to keep it aesthetically pleasing. Starting with foliage and adding flowers and highlights as you progress.
After choosing our materials under her advice on textures and colours we went back to our working table and started preparing our materials for use. Both foliage and flower stems are stripped of their leaves and small buds. The amount of wastage is incredible and it mostly gets discarded. However, there are many ways to put these to good use, floral hoops and flower crowns are good options as these require flowers with stems removed.
Choosing a focal point is important. In my case, I fell in love with the echinaceas and built my posy around them. Sticking to the rule of triangles sounds simple but in practice it is quite difficult. Holding the flowers tightly as you go along will ensure that you do not loose the desired shape.
My arrangement was composed of:
- Viburnum (foliage)
- Viburnum berries
I purposefully chose hues which I normally shy away from, to start training my eye to see past the usual yellows and oranges I normally gravitate towards.
If you have a love for all things flowers, I highly recommend you attend one of the many workshops being offered. It will certainly change your approach when choosing a bouquet.
Until then, happy flower arranging!