I had two really fun things happen on Saturday. The first was a pop-up shop/demo at RE in Corbridge by freelance florist extraordinaire Adam Prest. The second was that in the midst of snapping photos on my phone, I discovered it can add different filters. Yes, sometimes I do feel like I am late to the party. Never mind...better late than never!
First of all more about RE's Saturday Store in their own words: "We have lovingly refurbished the old petrol pump attendants kiosk which originally came from the garage forecourt next to our store. Each Saturday our lovely little post war shop on wheels will be rolled into position outside our Corbridge store and will play host to invited experts and artisans showcasing their wares from home-made food to flowers, books, jewellery and much more…"
I've missed the first few (vintage tea party and dogtography), but managed to get to Adam's Saturday Store. Adam creates beautiful informal floral arrangements with a stunning array of different blooms, many of which he grows himself. No wonder he is in such demand that he only had two Saturdays off the whole of 2014. The idea was to bring unusual containers for Adam to work his floral magic with or just watch him create relaxed yet sumptuous bouquets and learn tricks of the trade.
I brought along two small swan vases from my vast wedding collection. Sometimes it is the small containers that are most challenging to fill with flowers, at least for me. So I was keen to see how best to make use of these vases without losing the shape.
First of all Adam filled them with loose scrunched up balls of copper wire (beautiful in themselves) as an alternative to oasis foam. Then with the addition of a few dahlias and some foliage, they were done. The key is not to overfill them so that you don't lose sight of the swan aspect. Pale white dahlias tinged with pink were used in the white vase
and a stronger pink with wisps of yellow were used in a blue vase.
Yet again, I was inspired by the array of colours in flowers and how well they work together even when spanning ends of the spectrum. Bright can go with subtle, or with more bright. Colours can clash. It was all just so fab to look at and so inspiring.
I can only recommend that you take a look at Adam's website where he has a huge gallery of photos of his fantastic work.
And check out RE's website for forthcoming Saturday Store events. Each one promises to be inspiring and interesting.