I’m in my element. I’ve just taken part in the first Wedding Flower course at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. The course covered everything from the Bride’s bouquet to buttonholes, flowers for the cake and table decorations. I was like a child in a sweet shop.. there was such a huge range of flowers to choose from all picked that morning from the grounds of the Botanics. Some of the students had previous experience of preparing flowers for family weddings; there were Brides and their Mothers looking for inspiration and me. I don’t think I’ve ever been so serious in a classroom before, concentrating on everything I was being shown, desperately hoping I didn’t miss a stage in the instructions, but really I shouldn’t have worried, thanks to the wonderful tuition the bouquets came together perfectly. At the end of the day we proudly took home arm fulls of bouquets, which now adorn mine and my neighbour’s mantle pieces. The last photo is of a vase of flowers from my garden – there’s no stopping me now, I’ve got the flower arranging bug.
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