Last week I got to do something I have wanted to do for years – attend a flower arranging class. In a rather random decision I signed up for an evening at Narcissus Flower School to learn how to do a winter hand tie.
I have always had the thought that you go big or go home so if I was finally going to learn the wonders of flower arranging then it was going to be with the best. Narcissus is a beautiful Edinburgh flower shop that about a year ago found premises off London Road to start its flower school. So on a cold and wet Thursday evening I headed off to what turned out to be finding ‘my happy place’.
We met in their lovely premises and were greeted with smiles, mulled wine and biscuits – ok so already they had me at hello! After introductions there was demonstrations on how to make a medium hand-tie the absolute standard techniques that you must learn to master before going any further in the flower world.
They showed us how to ‘condition’ the stems. To you and i.e. this means clean them up and take leaves off. We were introduced to spiralling and then sent off to pick foliage to go with our flowers and then it was time to create.
As you can see from my finished hand-tie I really liked the idea of mine being a bit wild. I felt it went with the season. It was so lovely making something beautiful and with a mixture of newbies like myself and those who were super seasoned we all agreed that any flowers together look pretty. We stopped for a cuppa, mulled wine, cheese and biscuits and choccies and a chatter about life as a florist.
Refueled we then were given demonstrations to make a posy or a wild large bouquet. Both were arranged with such ease but I settled on trying my hand at a little posy.
My posy had a mixture of red chillies, eucalyptus branches which smelled amazing and my new favourite discovery ‘chocolate cosmos’ I mean come on! And some ferns for added texture.
This is what the posy looked like without wrapping around it. We were taught that technique too. And also how to make the hand wrap which is often used for bridesmaids bouquets.
At then end of a wonderful evening we were presented with little goodie bags. As if the night couldn’t get any better!
In my little bundle was twine, berries, cards about Narcissus and a cute tote bag. The greenery was given to me to practice at home doing button pins for weddings.
Simply put it was such a lovely evening and absolutely worth the £95 fee. I got to spend a wonderful evening with lovely ladies learning to be creative. Seriously what more can you ask from a cold and wet November.
Be sure to check out there website if this interests you. Honestly you won’t meet more friendly and passionate people who know there flowers in Edinburgh.
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