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How to Make The Most of Your Blooms With Judith Blacklock Flower School

February 27, 2015


In celebration of our latest By Request launch ‘Petals From My Garden’, we caught up with renowned florist Judith Blacklock to get an insight into creating beautiful floral designs. Here she shares her guide to flower arranging and how you can make the most of your blooms at home.

1. What are the benefits of flower arranging?

There are no strict rules when it comes to arranging flowers although by applying the elements and principles of design, your arrangement will be balanced, have good proportions and be aesthetically pleasing. Flower arranging is an art and you want your work to be seen and appreciated by others.

2. Does the arrangement you design depend on which flowers are used?

Yes and vice-versa. For example spring flowers like being placed in shallow water in a vase not in foam.  But if you want an arrangement to last you choose flowers accordingly - roses, lilies, carnations - that you know will last a week. Iris and snowdrops will only last three days.

3. How many different colours do you suggest combining?

Colour is a very personal thing and there are no hard and fast rules. Monochromatic schemes using tints, tones and shades of one colour are safe. Complementary schemes using a range either side of the colour wheel are more exciting but more difficult. Polychromatic using every colour can be fantastic (or garish if you get it wrong). Any colour combination works best if you include a base of dark green foliage.

4. How do you create an impact using just one colour?

If you want to use just one colour in your design, ensure you have contrasting textures. Use tints, tones and shades of the one colour. For example, you could incorporate lemon into a design with yellow and gold flowers.

5. Are there any specific vases that should be used for different designs?

If you never want to go wrong choose a vase for your flowers that is half the height of the flowers you wish to arrange. For many bouquets this will be about 20 cm. Round and square vases are easier and take less plant material than those that are rectangular.

6. How can you prolong the life of cut flowers?

Yes, it is essential to cut down the risk of bacteria developing and shortening the life of flowers. This can be done by always having clean vases and clean water. Change the water daily if you do not use cut flower food (which really does make flowers last longer). You should cut the stems at an angle, removing the bottom 5 percent of the stem and placing immediately in water. Avoid using metal stem strippers as they damage the stem and thus enable bacteria to get going!

Visit the Judith Blacklock Flower School in Knightsbridge where you can take part in a variety of unique and inspiring floristry courses to suit all levels.

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