Floral Idea of the Week (04)

Spring floristry
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Spring in a Cornus Field

Spring wells forth in all its glory from between two Cornus blocks. Despite the 
compact block form, the light rise in height conveys verve and grace. Delicate, fresh, or alternately dry, tendrils playfully interlink the two contrasting areas. This need not only be a spring piece, but translates into a summer or autumn mood with suitable floral materials.

Oasis is cut into slabs of at least 2.5 cm in thickness, laid on a flat bowl, and
covered in finest sticking wire. A medium-size drainage hole remains in the middle, in which water collects and from whence it diffuses. A substantial quantity of 
Cornus rods is cut into tapering lengths, and all the side shoots are removed. The Cornus rods are stuck tightly on to the wires, and a massive body emerges.

It is also possible however to fill the inside of the form with a slab of Oasis, which is then 
covered with short, approx. 4 cm long Cornus pieces. The arrangement becomes much heavi-er like this though, as the Oasis is drenched in 
water; the Cornus rods suck up water in large quantities, and if dehydrated they become shaky and fall out. To counter this and preserve the piece, or if the same form is required for several new arrangements with new sets of floral materials, the rods should be glued together with hot-melt adhesive.

Plastic or glass pipes are filled to the brink with water to ensure good watering for the living material between the Cornus blocks. This is important especially for the young shoots used here, and the Helleborus blossoms.

Floral materials: Cornus alba sibirica, Helleborus corsicus viridissimus, Papaver nudicaule, Skimmia japonica.

More information about this theme you will find in the book „Floral Craftsmanship – Techniques. Constructions. Inspirations.“ by Gregor Lersch.
One of the sources of inspiration for Floral Design is technique, or craftsmanship. A designer who has professional techniques, processes and craft skills at the finger tips will always find ever more exciting new ways to present the beauty and variety of flowers and plants. This is the reason “Floral Craftsmanship“ provides a wide range of inspirations, systematically illustrating the processes involved in 60 activities and techniques of Floral Design, introducing each one in word and image and describing the concrete use of each one on the basis of 150 individual arrangements.

Several step-by-step photos and sketches provide a detailed explanation of the constructions and arrangements. Helpful supporting constructions are also described, as are several forms and shapes that can be used in various different ways, plus the most cost-effective floral materials and other components.