|Creamy, white roses for a wedding.|
|Pale pink ranunculus.|
|My finished arrangement back home.|
It started as a beautiful, sunny but typically cold January day that warmed up with each flower we added to our arrangements and even though we all used the same flowers in the same order, each person's sweet bouquet of pink roses and gerbera daisies along with steel blue eringium (sea holly) and seeded eucalyptus, took on it's own unique personality and appearance as we built upon a foundation of glass and green oasis. Rick was (and is) a great teacher. You could tell he spends a lot of time working weddings as he patiently guided us through the art of flower arranging while a gaggle of women continually talked over him. However, we did manage to stop talking, here and there, long enough to allow him to give us instruction. "Cuddos" to him!
|Rick (far right) showing some of the group how to first get started on our arrangements. Can you feel the creative juices beginning to flow?|
|Everyone's flower arrangements taking shape.|
Before we got started on our flower creations, he gave us a peak into the busy and complicated daily life of a florist, balancing weddings to funerals and every other occasion in between, big and small, that calls for beautifully arranged flowers. I might add, he did this whole presentation in a very cool, calm and collected manner even though he had a huge wedding event, out here near in my neck of the woods, at the Salamander Inn, in Middleburg, VA this past weekend. Rick's workroom was filled with frilly hydrangea heads, delicate wax flowers, unfurling white roses, fragrant stalks of stock, dreamy ranunculus and so much more, all lined up and waiting patiently in buckets of cool water, making the work space an extremely pleasant place to be.
|A beautiful mess.|
|Frilly and fluffy hydrangeas waiting to take their proper place in upcoming wedding arrangements.|
|"The earth laughs in flowers." Ralph Waldo Emerson|
|Lunch time and a toast to our gracious host. Our arrangements paraded down the center of the table, making the January day a floral and culinary affair we will remember for a long time.|
|One of the finished arrangements waiting for lunch to be served.|
So, we laughed, we talked, we listened, we arranged and learned more than a thing or two about the art of flower arranging and enjoyed ourselves immensely, finishing the day with a beautiful luncheon among the flowers, sitting at our banquet table that was dressed in pastels decorated by us, largely thanks to Rick. The delicious fare was prepared and coordinated by fellow "Bloomers" Kim and Mary. This fresh January floral outing could not have been more perfect! Really--if you do not belong to a garden club and think you may want to join one, call me--I have connections. Besides that, any and all garden clubs are always welcoming and looking for interested people eager to share and learn about the natural world of flora and fauna. It's worth your time, believe me.
|Rick and Arlene.|
|We also made simple yet elegant boutonnieres.|
|Showing off the boutonniere I made. Yes, I know it would look much better on the jacket lapel of a handsome groom (or perhaps my prom date?) but this is what I had to work with.|