Have you noticed the crocuses are starting to raise their little heads? Spring is definitely on its way and soon our homes will be full of the heady scent of beautiful flowers. If you’re looking for inspirational and original ways to display your blooms then look no further than floral artist Jane Packer’s latest book ‘At home with Flowers’ (Ryland Peters & Small: Photographs; Catherine Gratwicke).
I met Jane Packer, the world-renowned florist, at a flower arranging master class a few years back before her untimely passing away last year. She was so friendly and could shape a display in minutes. She make it look so easy. My attempt at flower arranging didn’t look quite so good.
Jane had an artistic and modern approach to creating displays with flowers that I could only dream of. That’s why this book is such a great find. It’s bursting with gorgeous arrangements for your whole home from bathroom and bedroom to hallways and kitchens. Here’s just a few to whet your appetite…
1. Keep it simple. Fill a fishbowl vase with white hydrangea for a basic yet strong display. It may look like just one or two stems inside, but Jane actually used 10 stems to create the rounded look. [Above]
2. Table centre. Lime and yellow button Dahlias have been cut to different heights and used to fill a cluster of exotic brass vases on a low table for a modern look. Simply stunning. [Below]
3. Make an entrance. Hallways are often the last place to get a floral touch. Why not follow Jane’s lead and create a real masterpiece with an oversized vase and tall stems of Gladioli?
4. Roses are red. Densely petaled, rich, red garden roses look great arranged casually in this modern way for a relaxed, contemporary living room.
5. Perfect pastels. A few stems of pink snowberry, sweet Avalanche roses and sage green berried eucalyptus have been placed sparingly among this collection of pastel-coloured vases. This is a great way to make the vases stand out as much as just a few pretty stems.
6. Undercover. Hydrangeas are perfect for creating a display under a glass cloche as they will eventually dry out and still look great.
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Emma Morton Turner, Guest Editor