Liz Kirby from Jardiniere on Mersea Island deftly worked her way through three flower arrangements and stressed the importance of adding a conditioning plant food with the water in your oasis. She receives fresh flowers from Holland which are ordered online and then delivered the next day. As soon as they arrive they are treated with plant conditioner which is on tap in the florists. Each variety of flower is also treated with a different conditioner on the journey over in the transport from Holland to Norwich.
It was over sixteen years ago that Liz, who was then a hairdresser, was inspired to change direction and become a florist. Her inspiration came from watching the many expert flower arrangers who were demonstrating at the Peldon Village Flower Club. She took a two year course in Floristry at Otley College and then worked in a Colchester Florists for eighteen months. After a chance meeting ten years ago Liz then achieved her goal and started up her own business at Jardiniere on Mersea Island. She has never looked back and her enthusiasm and skill resulted in three striking arrangements for us to enjoy.
We were shown how to highlight the edges of rose petals using a brush dipped in liquid glue (child’s) and then dipped into glitter. Also using a gold aerosol spray on the leaves of foliage to highlight a Christmas arrangement. Another handy tip to remember, to revive drooping roses, just pop them into boiling water for a few minutes and they will soon stand up. The arrangements Liz expertly made for us were a beautiful table decoration with ruby roses and chrysants, a gorgeous hanging arrangement for the front door using a large spray of spruce as a base and a silver pot of white roses and Gerberas with silver strands. Liz very generously gave us the arrangements one for the Raffle and the others to be auctioned off for our charity. We wish you all the best Liz for the busy season ahead.
PAWS’ next meeting will be on Tuesday 9th January, 2018 when Mr Roger Hance will reveal “The Secret Life of a Wood”, PAWS welcomes visitors at a cost of £5.00 which includes refreshments.
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