Floral idea of the week (43)

Block of Buxus
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Classical Christmas Colours Red and Green

The combination of full, strong greens with dynamic reds is inseparably associated with Advent and Christmas time. A classic. The dark wintergreen of the pines provides the perfect contrast to the lively, animating red of the blossoms, fruit and accessories: Amaryllis and Poinsettia, apples and rosehip, candles and balls. The earthy browns of cones, cinnamon and co. harmoniously complement the scene. A little redder here, a little greyer here, they influence mood and atmosphere. The combination of full, strong greens with dynamic reds is inseparably associated with Advent and Christmas time. A classic.

The dark wintergreen of the pines provides the perfect contrast to the lively, animating red of the blossoms, fruit and accessories: Amaryllis and Poinsettia, apples and rosehip, candles and balls. The earthy browns of cones, cinnamon and co. harmoniously complement the scene. A little redder here, a little greyer here, they influence mood and atmosphere.

Green... Spruce, fir trees, pines... heavy dark greens. The grey-brown of their branches and twigs, cones and bark. The scent of resin and forest floor. Total detachment. Natural peace and contemplation. Deep breathing...

Red... An intake of breath. Pulse slowly increasing. The force of the colour comes at you in waves. Red! Stop! Halt! Santa Claus and Santa‘s little helper, reindeer and Father Christmas send their greetings. Oh happy Christmas time. Thoughts turn immediately to candles and candle light, balls and stars, apples and nuts, sweets and presents. Who does not remember with affection how it was when the bell rang on Christmas Eve and the little door into the ‘holiest of holy‘ opened? Finally gift giving! Red – the colour of the happiest moment of distribution of gifts. Highest emotion.

An example:

Block of Buxus

The mix of classical materials in traditional symmetry on the one hand, and the cubist display in
a contemporary grey Polystone bowl on the other, appears more contemporary or even futuristic rath-er than traditional. The mood is supported by the enormous volume of work, intended for a large rect-
angular table, a sideboard or a buffet.Densely and accurately placed Buxus tips are the hallmark of this arrangement, executed with perfect technical virtuosity. A matter of honour for every workshop and every designer in the field of floral culture.

Floral materials:
Buxus tips. Trachycarpus berries. Banksia fruit. Malus floribunda. Rosehip. Cinnamon sticks. Reed rods dyed red. Diplocyclos palmatus fruit. Moss.

Other materials:
Polystone bowl. Wet foam. Pinholder and Stickum. Dyed candles. Wax stars. Felt strips. 5 gauge wire. Hot wax. Wooden skewers. Cinnamon/aniseed powder.

Execution:
Stand the foam blocks vertically in the vessel, avoiding horizontal cuts so that the water can be soaked up properly. Fix with pinholders and Stickum. Insert Buxus tips all around, prepare them not by cutting them but only by breaking them over the blade of the knife. Work only the top third decoratively. Skewer fruit onto reed rods, wax it. Wire wax stars, cinnamon and felt into position and secure. Anchor the candles in the foam.

More informations?
You will find them in the book „Bound plus“! In his second book work about floral craftsmanship Gregor Lersch comprehensively covers the theme „tied arrangements“ and everything that evolved therefrom over the course of time: contemporary bridal bouquet techniques, hand-held bouquets for all seasons as well as free standing tied arrangements. Though it is the craft techniques that are given pre-eminence, design, thematic elements, and botanical and emotional aspects of the arrangements are not ignored. Contemporary examples of applications of techniques, as well as of their meaning within the design process are provided. It is afterall only in the execution that the chosen technique proves itself to be sensible and intelligent. 150 arrangements relevant to design practice are supported with a separate technical section and the obligatory pull out margin in order that each arrangement can be practically copied. If you want more about this theme... The aim of this study book is not only to introduce new ideas for Advent and Christmas floristry together with the techniques with which they can be translated into practice, but also to communicate some design ideas and the decisions behind them. Seven themes covering classical red-greens, respectable elegance, understated value, friendly freshness, trendy cool and Far Eastern fascination are presented. This is a craft and design book for attractive Advent and Christmas arrangements with detailed technical descriptions, including lists of floral and other materials, and many practical tips and explanations.