intensive floral workshop in Milan

 
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Last March I organised the intensive floral workshop in a new location “Le spezie gentili” in the heart of Milan. Spring was in the air as I strolled down on an unusually quiet tree line street showing the first signes of blossom on the trees. Once  arrived Valeria, the owner, gave us a warm welcome and looked after us very well throughout our stay.

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On Saturday we focused on how to create a basic bouquet. This was followed by the creation of a floral arrangement using a sponge base. I chose shades of pink to introduce the concept of colour. Pale pink scented “O’Hara” roses, radiant pink anemones were a perfect combination topped off with the dramatic purple-red ranunculus.

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On the second day we played around with a palette of spring colours. Deep red tulips, intense burgundy scabious were intertwined with romantic vintage “Garden” roses, lilac clematis and peach branches.

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For the floral arrangement in sponge the essence of spring was my inspiration.  Pastel tones of pink, light blue, delicate yellow were combined with a touch of vivid orange and red. Orange centred narcissus and bright red strawberries were perfect for this purpose.

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The next intensive floral course will be held in the beautiful hills of Custoza in Verona.

If you are interested please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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4 pink combinations for your Christmas table

 
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Last week on a grey cloudy morning I met  Manuela Piccoli to create an unusual and inspirational Christmas corner. As soon as I arrived Manuela took me to her deposit full of antiques, a real treat for my eyes. It was like opening a door and take a glimpse into the past.

I discovered an amazing 18th  century dresser where I created a magical winter wonderland. I used branches of rosehip, silver and green cypress, pine, moss, a magnificent Hellebore and masses of glowing candles. To make the atmosphere even cozier I  added a green velvet armchair and a pink  one, a crystal chandelier and  two white wrought iron lanterns.

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A sunlit corner filled with plants was a perfect location for the Christmas table. I wanted to create  a romantic and vintage look. So we used an embroidered white tablecloth, mismatched wrought iron with soft white  wollen white blankets. 19th century  Sheffield dinner  plates from 900, fine bone china dishes, antique silver French cutlery, Liberty green glasses and small 50’s style bowls adorned the table.

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For the flowers I chose the different shades of intense pink. This tone is perfect for its versatility and meaning. A few days back I read an article about pink which signifies  kindness, romanticism and gratitude.  I daresay “perfect” for this festive period.  Use this palette to surprise your guests this year!

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The flowers were: Ranunculus, Carnation, Cymbiudim, different types of berries from light pink to dark violet.

Here are 4 possible combinations with pink:

  • Pink/violet: violet Anemones and blue Hyacinth
  • Pink/red: intese red roses "Red Naomi" and pillar box Ilex
  • Pink/Bordeaux: bordeaux Ranunculus, Anemones, Carnation and Skimmia
  • Pink/silver: silver berries

Don’t forget to add seasonal greenery!

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Hope you are getting into the Christmas spirit.

Best wishes!

See you in January!

Send me some photos of your seasonal decorations!

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journal of a winter wedding

 
 

Today I want to tell you about Martina and Alessandro, a young sweet couple who got married in January. Their desire was to have an elegant, romantic wedding in the delicate tones of white and light pink. Light pink was the main colour of their day: from the invitation cards, the party favors, right dowun to the bride’s shoes...

THE CHURCH

The romanesque parish church of San Giorgio Ingannapoltron was chosen, which was located in the beautiful wine area of Valpolicella. From the little churchyard, there was a stunning view of Lake Garda. The church itself with its little cloister is built from local stone and has a clear cut design. The couple wanted the floral decorations to be soft and graceful. I suggested flowers with a roundish corolla. The traditional winter flowers anemones and ranunculus were perfectly matched with the elegance of white roses and the softness of baby’s wreath. Seeing als Christmas wasn’t very far away I decided to choose dark green buxus to use in all the creations.

THE BRIDAL BOUQUET

Martina, picked a very romantic wedding gown with an ample tulle skirt. The perfect choice of flower for her bridal bouquet was light pink cloni ranunculus. The cloni ranunculus started to become popular a few years ago and is an absolute must for a winter weddings. This particular flower has all the elegance of an English garden rose and the beauty of a peony. The older they get the more beautiful they become; the blossom opens up more and more to reveal their silken petals.

WINTER FLOWERS

Just another word about anemones and ranunculus. Anemones are effervescent flowers with their black centres and the their delicate silk like petals. You’ll be spoiled for choice by the vast array of colours to choose from. Pillar box red to deep burgundy and right down to every shade of purple. There is a lot to write about ranunculus check out my blog for more information about varieties and colours.

Which flower do you go for in winter? Drop me a line and let me know!

A special thanks to Martina and Alessandro and to Sergio Sarnicola the photographer for his outstanding work. (Some of the photos are mine which I took during the preparation)

 
 

Ranunculus

 
 

Ranunculus: pure poetry, a very feminine flower with layers upon layers of silky petals.

The latin name is “Ranuncolus Asiaticus”. This flower is also known as spring rose.

Ranunculus begin to appear in the flower markets in December through to the end of May. When you see them all together at the flower market, it’s really impressive and so awesome. It’s one of the few flowers that are still grown in Italy and exported.

There are so many hues and colors: from pure white to wine red, from pale pink to energetic fucsia from orange to soft cream and last but not least bright shades of yellow.

Let’s not forget about the many different types of ranunculus such as the classical, the pom–pom, the cappuccino and the magnificent cloni varieties.

The ranunculus cloni with its bigger than average head started to appear at the flower markets a few years ago. It’s produced in Sanremo where it was created.

The ranunculus is perfect for a bridal bouquet. The ranunculus cloni in particular has all the elegance of an English garden rose and the beauty of peonies.

The older they get the more beautiful they become; the blossom opens up more and more to reveal their silken petals.

This seemingly fragile and delicate flower is surprisingly hardy. The standard variety can last about 7 days while the cloni one up to 14 to 21 days. A tip: don’t put more than 5 fingers of water in the vase otherwise the stem will become rotten. When the blossom becomes very heavy, cut it very short and leave it floating in a glass so you can still enjoy it.

I took some pictures from Floret and Flowerona.