So to wrap up our last edition in the series of easy to execute ideas for you with “easily accessed” foliage and flowers, Lucy Houghton of Lu Diamond Flowers and I went for a wander round the block from her Ponsonby studio….armed with secateurs..
Like the other posts, I used product I scoped at Farmers as inspiration.
I am BIG on ramshackle, casual, “artfully” thrown together still lifes. I’m the sort of person that uses nice drinking glasses as vases more often then not – so with this in mind I trawled the aisles of Farmers looking for a collection of simple and detailed glassware in different but attractive shapes and forms. This then spurred on the resulting floral experimentation!
You can have a trawl through their huge range of vases and glassware here.
We stalked around, hawk eyes trained on anything of interest peeping around corners or draping over fences. With no real plan in mind of the vibe, it was more about what was available and obviously in season in terms of flowers!
Our haul was then dragged back to Lucy’s studio, cleaned up a little then lined up in front of our collection of glassware.
FORAGED STILL LIFE
Our first project was to create a still life using the majority of what we had found. I love big collections like this that look impressive taking up a sideboard, or clustered on top of a book shelf. They are definitely the type of set ups that enjoy having their “back to the wall”, particularly if you have a wayward larger branch that might need to lean on it!
We liked how this looked but there was scope for more!
Another of my favourites is getting SUPER MINIMAL on the actual arranging and instead stick with just one variety of flower or foliage, separating them among a few vessels or better yet, celebrating its form by simply popping it into its own vase with simply nothing else.
Beautiful , pared back and un-contrived.
Lastly we pulled all the finds back together and Lucy created a large, perfectly imperfect arrangement.
I LOVED how it looked rough and ready and totally decadent all at once!
Again – don’t be distracted by “what” plants we used, instead use this as a starting point to strike out and see what you can find near you!
ENJOY YOUR FLORAL ADVENTURES!
Assorted bottles, cups and glassware all available in store and online Farmers – Your Department Store
.…… Photography by Julia Atkinson for Studio Home
Floral genius by Lu Diamond Flowers This post was made in partnership with Farmers
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