Floral Arranging 101 class I'm taking. The class has been really great and I feel like I've learned a lot already. We started off by learning about the proper way to condition flowers, the types of tools to use, how to hand tie a bouquet and then wrap it in a freezer paper aqua pack. We were then given the assignment to create our own hand tied bouquet.
When I signed up for the class I was hoping I would be able to use flowers from our yard. There is a pretty lilac bush, peonies and roses a plenty. Unfortunately, the lilac bloomed three weeks before the class began and the peonies and roses hadn't opened up in time for this project. This meant I was forced to search grocery stores and local flower shops. I live in a rural area and don't have access to a flower market so after going to 5 different places I finally purchased a mixed bouquet that wasn't too hideous from the grocery store for $24.99. I then went to a flower shop for 3 coral peonies and greenery that set me back an additional $23.00. I have a feeling I will be doing a bit of flower hunting for every assignment.
Overall I'm really happy with how the bouquet came together. Chelsea's instructions were so helpful and easy to follow. I loved receiving feedback from Chelsea after I uploaded my images in the class gallery. She suggested editing down the hydrangea so it wasn't such a large mass and I completely agree with her. One thing that makes the bouquet look a bit more polished is the spiraling stems. I was really surprised how simple it was and I think it adds such a nice, professional looking touch.
I ended up giving my mom the bouquet as a Mother's Day gift and she loved it. She's been texting me photos of it everyday so I can see how it's holding up. She's the sweetest.
Tomorrow my assignment is a wild english garden arrangement and I'm heading out right now to cut some roses. Have a lovely weekend, friends!