I’ve long loved flowers and flower arranging – using the term loosely as it mostly involved me sticking a shop-bought bouquet in a vase – and have always wondered if it’s something I enjoy doing ‘properly’. I’ve looked into floristry courses but they’ve all been incompatible with a full time worker, really expensive, or nowhere near where I live, so have given up before I’ve even got started on the idea.
Then a couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to give it a little try and I can confirm, I loved it as much as I thought I would.
As part of a hen weekend that I organised with another two bridesmaids-to-be, we took the bride off to a beautiful barn in the Cheshire countryside to spend a couple of hours creating a floral display with florist Chloe Robinson.
Chloe used to live in London working in PR, then deciding she didn’t like the industry she gave it all up, took an intensive floristry course and moved up North to be with her boyfriend and to set up her floristry business, which sounds like it’s blooming (sorry, that was too easy) as she’s always busy with workshops, private clients and market stalls around Cheshire.
When organising the afternoon she gave us the choice of what we’d like to create (we went for an arrangement for the house) and where we’d like to do it (we opted for her barn) and when we arrived we were greeted with a cheese and cured meat board, prosecco and a table full of flowers. Glorious! I would have been completely in my element if I’d been able to make the most of the food and drink, but was happy filling up on mozzarella and cheese sticks while I worked.
We had a jar each filled with all of the flowers we’d need, and a stone urn which we filled with oasis and under Chloe’s direction started building out our bouquets. Gorgeous smelling eucalyptus, hydrangeas, roses, lisianthus and a few other beauties which I forget the name of now, made up our wild and rustic arrangements which in the end all looked quite similar, as you’d expect, but it was interesting to see our own styles come to life in the way we worked.
I was literally in my element and was over the moon with my first proper attempt at a floral arrangement. The flowers started wilting after a week so I tried Chloe’s tip of dipping the end of the hydrangeas stem into boiling water for a few seconds to revive it, but I think they were a little too far gone. I’ll just have to buy some oasis and put that stone urn to good use and make my own creation!
So if you’re in the North West and are looking for a girlie afternoon or would like a little taste of floristry in a stunning location and with cheese, meats and prosecco (who wouldn’t) I’d highly recommend Chloe who is based in Knutsford, Cheshire. It’s worth it just for a drive through that countryside!