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How to arrange autumn flowers

October 10, 2016

autumn flowersDiscover how to arrange autumn flowers as craft journalist Clare Kelly attends the ‘Autumn Splendour’ floral design course at The Sussex Flower School (who are listed in our directory here) and learns how to create two stunning seasonal autumnal floral displays.


I love autumn flowers and I love autumn. I just can’t help myself. It’s the colours, the cosiness….all of it.

sussex flower school workshop

So on an early autumn day, I found myself heading to The Sussex Flower School in Laughton for the their autumn flowers course where I was promised a pumpkin. That is, a pumpkin to use as the basis for an autumnal floral arrangement.

Set up by florist Georgia Miles, the School itself is a purpose-built workshop in the grounds of Georgia’s own home, a picture-perfect cottage with its own cutting garden and interior touches straight off the pages of Country Living magazine.

Arriving for the course, I was told that the pumpkins had been sourced locally – the proud harvest of a schoolboy called Harry who I promised I would mention. Several pumpkins flanked the door of the workshop and inside there were plenty more, along with colourful buckets full of seasonal autumn flowers.

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Autumn flowers and pumpkin arrangement

There are two parts to this course. The first is the pumpkin floral arrangement and the second, which takes place in the afternoon teaches students how to make the perfect Autumnal hand tied bouquet.

But first things first, let’s get back to the pumpkins. Georgia demonstrated the technique we would need to employ to get our pumpkin ready. This required a sharp knife to lop off the top and then a big spoon to scoop out the flesh. I am not adept at using sharp tools so needed a bit of help with this!

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Pumpkins hollowed, Georgia then taught us how to correctly use oasis – the green foam-like stuff that florists use to secure their creations. Once this has been soaked in water, it was sliced with a florist’s knife and inserted into the hollowed pumpkin.

Any gaps left by the Oasis are then topped up with moss; this has an evocative scent that made me think of walking through woodland in the rain (it wouldn’t be autumn without a few showers, would it?)

If you’re indecisive, the next part of the course would have you dithering for hours as it is time to choose your autumn-hued flowers, many of which come from Georgia’s cutting garden and include dahlias, sedum and gerberas.

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I opted for orange gerberas to echo the shape and colour of my pumpkin, dark purple dahlias for a rich contrast of colour, lavender for fragrance and armfuls of greenery.

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Like an artist starting with a blank sheet of paper, placing the first flowers can be a bit daunting but I decided to just go for it and found that you soon get into a rhythm and  work almost instinctively, relaxing as you do.

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For me, time flew by and it wasn’t long before I’d finished my arrangement – a small, textured creation, which I was really pleased with. What do you think?

Creating a seasonal hand-tied bouquet

After an intimate lunch with the rest of the group in Georgia’s house (the main course, a fittingly autumnal butternut squash tart and for dessert one of Georgia’s homemade cakes) we set to work on the hand tied bouquet.

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It is quite fiddly to get the hang of, as you need to grip the flowers securely but not too tightly, a similar premise as getting the correct tension when knitting. Once again, we were given an enormous choice of autumn flowers and told to take our pick.

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The beauty of the hand tied bouquet is that it can be achieved with almost any seasonal flowers and foliage once you’ve mastered the basics. I did need quite a lot of help getting the hang of this but as with most craft techniques, it’s all about practice and not getting too het up by mistakes.

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Finally, we learned how to wrap our creations with coloured tissue and raffia. I know I’ll feel confident enough to give my own hand-tied bouquets as gifts now. Why don’t you get yourself a couple of pumpkins, some flowers you like and have a go yourself?

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Other creative Autumn flower ideas

love these faux autumn flowers by Philippa Craddock (listed in our directory here). Perfect for creating an everlasting seasonal autumn arrangement.

love these bright orange faux zinnia flowers by Philippa Craddock. Click through for details on where to buy them as well as other creative autumn flower arrangement ideas you'll love. #frombritainwithlove #mybritainwithlove #fauxflowers #autumnflowers #autumnflowerideas #fakeflowerslove these deep purple faux artichoke flower stems by Philippa Craddock. Click through for details on where to buy them as well as other creative autumn flower arrangement ideas you'll love. #frombritainwithlove #mybritainwithlove #fauxflowers #autumnflowers #autumnflowerideas #fakeflowerslove these bright orange faux chrysanthemum flowers by Philippa Craddock. Click through for details on where to buy them as well as other creative autumn flower arrangement ideas you'll love. #frombritainwithlove #mybritainwithlove #fauxflowers #autumnflowers #autumnflowerideas #fakeflowerslove these realistic seasonal faux mulberry berries on long stems by Philippa Craddock. Click through for details on where to buy them as well as other creative autumn flower arrangement ideas you'll love. #frombritainwithlove #mybritainwithlove #fauxflowers #autumnflowers #autumnflowerideas #fakeflowerslove these realistic seasonal faux mulberry berries on long stems by Philippa Craddock. Click through for details on where to buy them as well as other creative autumn flower arrangement ideas you'll love. #frombritainwithlove #mybritainwithlove #fauxflowers #autumnflowers #autumnflowerideas #fakeflowerslove these bright orange faux chrysanthemum flowers by Philippa Craddock. Click through for details on where to buy them as well as other creative autumn flower arrangement ideas you'll love. #frombritainwithlove #mybritainwithlove #fauxflowers #autumnflowers #autumnflowerideas #fakeflowerslove these bright orange faux chrysanthemum flowers by Philippa Craddock. Click through for details on where to buy them as well as other creative autumn flower arrangement ideas you'll love. #frombritainwithlove #mybritainwithlove #fauxflowers #autumnflowers #autumnflowerideas #fakeflowerslove this bunch of faux orange zinnia flowers by philippa craddock. Click through for beautiful autumn flower ideas you'll love to make love these seasonal autumn faux flowers in orange and red in simple glass jar by Philippa Craddock. Includes faux chrysanthemums, zinnias, natural greenery and blush dahlias. Click through for details on where to buy them as well as other creative autumn flower arrangement ideas you'll love. #frombritainwithlove #mybritainwithlove #fauxflowers #autumnflowers #autumnflowerideas #fakeflowers

Green and Gorgeous flowers (listed in our directory here) also has some great ideas.

Love the simplicity of autumnal dahlias added to jars, jugs even tea cups… And although natural wreaths are more usual at Christmas, how lovely is this rosehip and viburnum version for Halloween?

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Always love to see what the very lovely Sarah Diligent of Floribunda Rose (listed in our directory here) is creating. She runs workshops throughout the year as well as creating the most beautiful British flower arrangements for weddings, magazines and events. Here’s a selection of lovely Autumnal images of her creations…

love this autumn flower arrangement by Sarah Diligent of Floribunda Rose using british flowers including chrysanthemum, dahlias, autumn leaves, foraged foliage and seasonal berries and greenery. Click through for more autumn flower arrangement ideas you'll love to make #frombritainwithlove #mybritainwithlove #britishflowers #autumnflowerideas #autumnleaveslove this autumn flower arrangement using chrysanthemums and seasonal autumnal foliage, foraged greenery for autumn flower arrangements. Click through for autumn flower arrangement ideas you'll love to make #frombritainwithlove #mybritainwithlove #britishflowers #autumnflowerideas #autumnleaveslove this autumn flower arrangement by Sarah Diligent of Floribunda Rose using british flowers including jewel shade ranunculus, tulips, anemone, blackberries, seed heads, ferns, autumn leaves, foraged foliage and seasonal berries and greenery. Click through for more autumn flower arrangement ideas you'll love to make #frombritainwithlove #mybritainwithlove #britishflowers #autumnflowerideas #autumnleaveslove the british flowers created by florist Sarah Diligent of Florbunda Rose. Click through for utterly beautiful seasonal autumn flower arrangement ideas you'll love to makelove this seasonal autumn flower arrangement on vintage metal chair using berries, autumn leaves, foraged greenery and flowers. #frombritainwithlove #mybritainwithlove #britishflowers #autumnflowerideas #autumnleaves

And how lovely are these autumn flower bouquets hand-created and homegrown by The Real Flower Company (listed in our directory here)?

love these bright dahlias and seasonal autumn foliage and herbs by The Real Flower Company. click through for more utterly beautiful seasonal autumn flower arrangement ideas you'll love to makelove this seasonal autumn flower arrangement of bright roses with foliage and seasonal berries. Click through for more utterly beautiful autumn flower arrangement ideas you'll love to makelove this seasonal autumn flower arrangement of bright roses, chinese lanterns, grasses, chrysanthemums with foliage and seasonal berries. Click through for more utterly beautiful autumn flower arrangement ideas you'll love to make #frombritainwithlove #mybritainwithlove #britishflowers #autumnflowerideas #dahlias #scentedroseslove this seasonal autumn flower arrangement of red and yellow scented roses with seasonal autumn foliage and seasonal berries. Click through for more utterly beautiful autumn flower arrangement ideas you'll love to make #frombritainwithlove #mybritainwithlove #britishflowers #autumnflowerideas #dahlias #scentedroses

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how to make a hand tied seasonal flower autumn bouquet and how to arrange stunning autumn flowers and halloween pumpkin decorations

 


Resources:

The Sussex Flower School is listed in the From Britain with Love Directory

Find out more about what’s on offer at The Sussex Flower School; by checking out their listing here>>

Philippa Craddock is listed in our directory here

Green and Gorgeous flowers is listed in our directory here

Floribunda Rose is listed in our directory here

The Real Flower Company is listed in our directory here

Feeling inspired? Take a look at the Creative Workshops category in our Directory, where you’ll find a variety of inspiring courses, from art and crafts to fashion and beautyinteriorscooking and flower & gardening.

Clare Kelly is a freelance craft journalist, photographer. All images courtesy of Clare Kelly.

If you run a creative course that you think our readers would be interested in reading about, do get in touch by emailing editor@frombritainwithlove.com.

 


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