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Christmas is Coming

Its beginning to feel a lot like christmas. As the year comes to an end I decided to kick off December with some Christmas cheer. On Sunday I held my first Botanical Christmas Wreath Workshop at the amazing new Creative Base Byron Bay. I was joined by a lovely group of ladies who enjoyed a morning of Christmas creativity and a pretty delicious brunch.

We started by creating a base wreath using a combination of Vines and moss. this determined our size and gave us our shape. We then chose from a selection of foliages, small wax flower, Christmas bush and natural goodies to continue to build layers of textual interest.

We then finished and personalised our Wreaths by adding in succulents, dried pine cones and Banksias, bark, ribbons and lots of natural bits and bobs. Each student was given the same instructions, the choice of the same products and the same time frame, yet each one walked away with a beautiful ad unique Christmas Wreath. 

2016 is going to be a huge year for workshops, stay up to date via Workshops and follow Poppy and Fern Flowers on social media.

Book in for the Christmas Table Arrangement workshop this Sunday and create a beautiful Floral master piece of your own.

Botanical Workshops

 

I LOVE teaching workshops!! Flowers and floral design is my life and I am so passionate about being able to share that. When I look back over all the amazing moments of 2015 the workshops I've held are a definite stand out. Weather its helping creatives find their confidence and follow there dream or just creating a space where others can come and "play with Flowers" and take time out from a crazy life. 

Playing with flowers is the perfect dose of creativity,relaxation and time out.

I focus workshops on floral design techniques that effortlessly showcases each flowers beauty. No two workshops I hold are the same. Each time we design and create something different using a mix of seasonal blooms from all over, including some snipped right out of my own garden. I Encourage students to explore their own style of design within the framework demonstrated and to ask lots questions. Workshops typically last about 2-4 hours and are intended to be enjoyable for all skill levels. Class sizes are small so there is plenty of time for hands-on practice and one-on-one focus.

This year I have been on the lookout, Ive hosted workshops in various venues, testing them out, seeing how it feels. Ive been looking for something special. Somewhere I can create a safe and inspirational space for people to come and create, play and dream. 

As soon as I walked into Creative Base I knew Id found exactly what I was looking for. The beautiful new Studio is amazing space and I can't wait to start working together.  

I am in the process of putting a 2016 workshop calendar together and my head is overflowing with ideas Valentines Day, Mothers Day, Winter and Spring, Bouquets, Arrangements, Flowers Crowns its truly unlimited. So I want to hear from you, What would you like to learn in 2016? Please let me know in the comments below or email workshops@poppyandfern.com.au

 

 

Flower Focus - Snapdragon

Snapdragons are not something I fell in love with when I first started floristry. To be honest I didn't really like them for a long long time. They reminded me of old school traditional floristry everything was arranged in the shape of a triangle, there were all these rules, use 3 of this 5 of that, so the snaps where always hiding in the back giving the arrangement height. 

It wasn't until I opened my shop front that I suddenly realised I don't have to live by the rules anymore. I don't have a boss looking over my shoulder, I stopped thinking about how I was arrangeing and just started creating. I decided that I would arrange flowers from the heart and in a way that made me happy and hope that it makes others happy (thank god people liked what I did or maybe Id now be a checkout chick) This is when I rediscovered Snapdragons. 

As a cut flower Snapdragons are available all year round and come in a beautiful array of colours.  White is my favourite, followed closely by softer pastel pinks, apricots. They also come in bright yellows, oranges and deep reds. They are one of the longer lasting cut flowers, if in fresh water they will easily last you 2 weeks in a vase. 

Snapdragons give that scooped fresh from the garden feel to wedding flowers. Their lovely tall stems add a different texture to the large round blooms usually used. Although you will often see them mixed in with other flowers its when they are given room to be the star that they really start to give to an arrangement. A big vase full of snapdragons standing tall is simple yet beautiful and the fragrance is amazing.

Growing you own Snapdragons can be an easy way to add colour to your garden. They can tolerate frost so can be planted towards the end of winter ready to give you beautiful tall stems in spring and summer. 

They need nutrient rich, well drained soil and like to be in full sun. Keep moist for the first few weeks after planting. Once they become established you won't need to worry to much, let soil dry out before watering. Cut down the top centre stem and any long side shoots to encourage a bushy plant with a higher number of flowering stems.

 Next week I will be focusing on everyones favourite wedding flower the Peony.

 

Photo credits:

www.sbchic.com

www.ruffledblog.com

www.placetobloom.blogspot.com

www.floretflowers.com

Behind the flowers - Boho Beauty @ the Grove

Styled photo shoots!! I LOVE them!!! Wedding Blog and Pinterest porn!! Scrolling through image after image of absolute Perfection. Gathering a selection of amazing vendors, catching up and working together to create magic.

People oftern say how they would love to be me, meeting up with friends and making things look pretty, like I just walked in, sneezed and flowers appeared. Don't get me wrong I love everything about what I do, photo shoots are heaps of fun and I do love being able to catch up with vendors who you normally only get to quickly say hi to, plus you end up with a file full of gorgeous photos showcasing your work, but theres a bit more to it then hanging out and making things look pretty. Today I'm going to take you behind the flowers of a recent shoot Boho Beauty @ the Grove. You can see the full shoot here

 

After copious amounts of emails back and forth, Style guides, design ideas and lots and lots of inspiration the day before the shoot arrived. I picked up the flowers from the airport and headed home. Once all flowers were unpacked, prepped and in water I did the garden walk around foraging foliages and extra special goodies ready to go. I washed all vessels being used and set everything out to put together a game plan.

That afternoon I created the bridal bouquet, some small arrangements in mixed silver and brass vessels and I organised and separated which flowers were going in each pieces being created on site the following day.

 

3.30am Bound stems of bouquet with tape and ribbons. Packaged up and boxed arrangements so they would stay upright in transit. Cut some more foliage and then packed the car.

6.30am Had a quick nap :)

8.30am Jumped in the car and headed over to The Grove. When I arrived I had a walk around and checked everything out. Discussed with Rachael and Shelly about plan for the day and finalised areas of venue to be styled and shot.

9.30am Started on table display. Had quick catch ups and checked out everyones goodies as they arrived.

10.30-11am Started on smaller pieces to be done. Constructed some foliage garlands ready to use later in the day. 

11.30-12.30 Shelly had started shooting. Rachael and myself started to get Tipi set up styled, we adding in the flowers to the other areas that were set and ready to be photographed. 

12.30 Everyone stopped what they were doing and came over to the coffee table which had been transformed into a delicious feasting area. We did some hand modelling (mine are bottom left) then we did something that NEVER happens, WE ATE!!!! We actually stopped, had a quick brake, enjoyed a glass of wine and ate the amazing food Leila had prepared. 

1.30pm Dragged myself away from the group and arranged the flowers on the mirror.

3pm Most of my arranging had been done by this point so I sat back for awhile watching others do their thing. I tweaked flowers or moved vases when needed.

4-5pm The last few shots of the day are always my favourite. Once we ran around like mad women getting pillows and rugs ready before the sun set,  everyone apart fro Shelly had finished the "work" part and so we watched and enjoyed the beauty we have created. 

5.30pm Packed down. Enjoyed some of Bre's stunning desert then said our goodbyes and headed home.

The dream team:

Venue: The Grove Planning/Styling: Peachey Pie Photography: Ivy Road
Tipi (Bell Tent): Byron Bay Tipi WeddingsFilm: Roost Hire: Hampton Event Hire                    Hair: Jarrah Hustler Hair Makeup: Pollyanna Bernhard                                                        Catering: Your Gourmet Dessert: The Cake That Ate Paris
Florals: Poppy & Fern Stationery: Bec Borradale
Dress & Headpiece: Spell Designs
Suit: Wil Valor



Flower Focus - DAHLIA

Dahlias are by far one of my favourite flowers. When I get a few acres to start my flower farm they are defiantly one of the first things I will grow in mass. The petals, colours and varieties everything about this bouncy bloom just makes my heart flutter. 

 

Although there seasons seam to be getting longer and longer ( not that I'm complaining) Dahlias are available as a cut flower from November - April. Perfect for Spring and summer weddings. If its colour impact your after, not many plants can compare with the huge variety. Bright and bold to soft and pastel, there medley of romantic shades complement most styling.  

Blooms size varies within the types of Dahlia. The cute and round Bambino starting at around 5cm across, through the Eye Popping and Cacti varieties and then up to the Dinner Plate Dahlia which grow up to 20cm across.

If your wanting to grow your own Dahlias, they grown quite well in most soils. Its ideal if you can give your soil a good dose of animal manure approx 2 weeks before planting, then follow up with another dose when flower buds start to appear. Animal manure is best as fertiliser with to much nitrogen encourages to much growth leaving you with less flowers. The general rule in Australia is to plant tubers around the first week on November. But as long as your aware of your local conditions, you can go earlier then that. As long as they are planted when soil temps are on the raise and there is no chance of frost. Im lucky here in Northern NSW as we can plant end of August Start of September which gives us flowers around 8 weeks after.  Dahlias like to be planted where they will get the morning sun and some shade in the afternoon. Larger varieties do best when staked like a tomato 

I hope you enjoyed my first Flower Focus. That you could relax for just a minute and drool over some beautiful photos, that you could fall in love with flowers and maybe even learn something. Next week I will be focussing on another flower that I will have at my flower farm, the Snapdragon. 

Photo credits: 

www.heygorgeousevents.com

www.weddingchicks.com

and of corse when I think flower farms I always think http://www.floretflowers.com

 

Finding my voice

Hello again, thanks for stopping by and welcome to my journal. This is a new project for me and it it way outside my comfort zone. Let me just start by saying I am I am not a writer. I am a hopeless speller, I have horrible punctuation and I already have writers block. So why on earth would I start a blog??

 I have been a florist for about 13 years and I still love flowers. I work bloody hard and stupidly long hours yet I couldn't imagine it any other way. I want to be able to share the mistakes I've made and the knowledge I have gained. I want to share my dreams and my journey and inspire you to do the same. This is my pledge to you, each week I will post at least 2 journal entries. I will get out my camera and put away the iPhone. I will include the inside scoop on being a florist and what I really get up to day to day, a behind the scene look at weddings and styled shoots,  I will discuss all about some of my favourite flowers, I will post videos, how-to and lots and lots of really beautiful inspiration. 

I hope you can join me along the way and help me find my voice xx

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