Long and Low

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Today was week 5 in my floral design class at the adult education center in our town. And our arrangement was really exciting to construct. It's called a "long and low" arrangement. It is intended to be used as a centerpiece for a table or an arrangement for a buffet or sideboard. The candle adds a touch of elegance to it.

This week I bought my flowers myself and brought them to class. I had the option to have our instructor pick up flowers at the San Francisco Flower Mart, but I wanted the fun of picking out my own. Costco has a good assortment of fresh flowers, so I did my shopping there yesterday.

At Costco, I was able to find all the flowers I needed (and then some) but I couldn't find any filler. When I got home, I thought about what I might have growing in the garden that might be suitable. I decided to cut some branches of camellia greenery and also some fronds off a wonderful conically shaped fern I have beneath the camellia bushes. I was a bit nervous about bringing them to class, because I wasn't sure if our instructor would consider them appropriate. When I got to class, my instructor immediately recognized the camellia and then shared with us that it is a great filler to use for arrangements. I told her I was really happy I'd been brave enough to bring it. That taught me that I need to trust my gut instincts a bit more when it comes to this new venture of floral design.
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9 comments:

  1. It turned out great. Beautiful. I know you are enjoying these classes. They really helped me.

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  2. Good job! I love it when we trust our instincts!

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  3. That's gorgeous, Cindy. I love the deep burgundy colours and the greenery is perfect! I would think that any thing goes in a flower arrangement.

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  4. It's beautiful. I would not know where to start with flower arrangind. Your arrangements are always lovely.

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  5. That looks great. I can see that sort of arrangement working well on bench style tables like at a wedding reception where you want to see everything that is going on and talk to your neighbour opposite.

    Well done for following your instincts Cindy. Great colour combination too.

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  6. Wow, it's beautiful! You do such wonderfully beautiful things, Cindy. This is so cool.

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  7. Just beautiful. I love this color. The camellia leaves are just right for this, I love their waxy green leaves.
    Love you
    YLA

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  8. your class sounds like lots of fun, Cindy - and I love what you've posted!

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  9. You should always trust your gut instinct as you have a superb eye!
    It sure seems to be a fun class to take.
    The camelia leaves looked so pretty:)

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