Category Archives: Floral Arrangement

The Daffodil – Spring has Sprung

Tweet If you were to visit my home today you would find daffodils blooming in nearly every room. When I see them each morning I smile as they remind me of simpler times when as a child, in early spring I checked daily on the green spikes that grew out of the dark rich earth [...]
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Elegant Orchids

I used to be intimidated by orchids. Any flower that looked that fragile had to be difficult to care for, tricky to work with and expensive to purchase. My thinking was changed when I studied floral design at the Canadian Institute for Floral Design last spring where we used orchids for many types of arrangements.
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Spanish Splendor: An Arrangement of Carnations in Support of Darling House

The carnation is the national flower of Spain, so it was the obvious choice for the floral arrangements. This gala was beautiful and sophisticated, so my challenge was to create an elegant look befitting of such a chic affair, using the humble and unsophisticated carnation.
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Bonnie Heather – An Arrangement With Heather, Chinaberries and Pittosporum – Week 12

The heather flower colour influences its meaning. Purple represents admiration and beauty and pink is good luck. White heather is rare and much like a 4 leaf clover in celtic mythology, white heather represents exceptional good luck and protection from danger. One legend says that white heather grows only over the burial grounds of the fairy folk. I love the outcome of this arrangement. Great for home decor or as a gift. Make 3 and group them on a shelf, mantle or dining table.
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Two Bridal Bouquets: My Induction Into The Canadian Association of Floral Artists – CAFA

On October 19 I became a student member of the Canadian Academy of Floral Artists. In order to become a CAFA member, I had to complete a test where we were given a bucket of flowers, a few accessories , a theme and 2 hours to create an original, technically accurate floral design. I think that was the shortest, most intense and exhilarating 2 hours I have experienced in a long time. As a CAFA student member, I will be mentored by a full member for the next 2 years. What a fabulous opportunity to take my passion for floral design to the next stage.
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Alstromerias in a Monochromatic Autumn Arrangement – Week 11

I love alstromerias! It’s so much fun to work with a flower that has such versatility, colour and texture. I use them in elegant and classic centrepieces, compact posies, simple hand-tied bouquets and oversized, flowing arrangements. They are fabulous massed into a tall clear flute shaped vase where the stems become part of the design, and equally smashing when bordering brightly coloured gerbera daisies tucked into a funky striped bowl.
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Celosia – One Cool Looking Flower – Week 10

I used the “cockscomb” variety of celosia for this arrangement. I found it to be quite top heavy so decided to create a design that was tight and low. I love the combination of variegated spray roses and heavily textured celosia and the rugged stone container. Rustic, yet contemporary; you can find spray roses at supermarkets and floral shops. Celosia is available from a floral shop. If you can’t find pittosporum, ivy is a perfect substitute when cut into short sprigs.
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Chrysanthemum – The Queen of Fall Flowers – Week 9

Until recently I didn’t have much regard for chrysanthemums (or mums). I saw them as a cheap, boring, mainstream, unimaginative flower available everywhere and anywhere – corner stores, supermarkets, florist shops, street vendors. Then I took a workshop with the talented Scandinavian floral artist, Per Benjamin, who taught us how to make incredible, original floral designs using the cheapest, least respected flowers, namely chrysanthemums and carnations.
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The Calla Lily – Week 8

Tweet Simplicity and Beauty I favour minimalism. Stripped of all extraneous details there is only form, texture and hue, each of which must be meticulously executed because there is nowhere for flaws and imperfection to hide. The finished results look deceptively simple. The calla lily is the perfect flower to use when I want to [...]
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Something Blue – Flowers for an Intimate Wedding

Tweet The Wedding On August 21, 2010 my sister in law Patty Lant married the love of her life, Serge LaFleur. It was an intimate family affair, held in the gorgeous gardens of Patty’s parents, Shirley and Ron Lant. Patty’s favourite colour is blue, and when she asked me to do the wedding florals, I [...]
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