Tsue ~ That's What She Said: My Adventures In Floral Design ~ Monochromatic Arrangements

Thursday, July 12, 2012

My Adventures In Floral Design ~ Monochromatic Arrangements

Doesn't every little girl dream of being a florist at some point?  I certainly did.

Of course, among my dreamy childhood career plans were also the careers of flight attendant, veterinarian, writer, missionary and psychologist.  While these passions from my younger years have lingered, impacting some of my choices later in life, both in my choice of avenues to pursue in college and my efforts volunteering in my community, I did have an opportunity to work with a team of skilled florists before starting a family.  What a fantastic experience!

Of the many career hats I've worn thus far in my life, my days at the florists were by far some of the most enjoyable.  As one with an impassioned appreciation of the arts and those with gifted artistic ability, yet hindered by my own lack of skill, I crave opportunity to explore fine works, even if a bit from the outside.  What a treat to discover I did possess some talent in the realm of flower artistry!

Monochromatic Floral Arrangements, Interflora, Ordering Flowers Online
Delicate Tea Cup Arrangement ~ Rose, Alstroemeria, Lisianthus, Freesia
Simply stepping into the shop was an inspiration. With scents mingling in a perfect olfactory bouquet of the live, blooming plants and the chilled, fresh cut blooms, with subtle notes of gracefully scented candles, the effect both calming and invigorating at the same time.  

My education in floral design began simply.  Watching, observing and assisting.  With no small amount of excitement, I was thrilled to begin creating fresh cut bouquets, both for customers with a specific look in mind and those who required my new found eye and recommendations.  As my eye improved along with my skill, I was given an opportunity to work with the Master Florists, creating smaller arrangements and assisting with their preparation and selections, gradually moving into more grandiose arrangements, creating bouquets in vase and eventually training in wedding arrangements.

Interflora, Cream Flower Bouquet, Gerbera Daisies
Graceful Arrangement ~ Rose, Lily, Gerbera, Spray Crysanthemums, Lisianthus

I observed the Master Florists working bright, bold colors with ease, mixing vibrant reds, purples and yellows.  Over time, I found my own taste and style in creating monochromatic arrangements.  I love the grace, subtlety and textures of complimentary hues in a basket, vase or bouquet.  Although floral arrangements featuring roses were always in high demand, I preferred to work with longer lasting blooms and developed a love affair with the hearty, yet delicate Alstroemeria flowers.

Likely due to this delightful chapter in my life, my instinctual choice in sending gifts for nearly any occasion it to reach out to an online florist.  Although I would love to create my own arrangements, ordering flowers from  Interflora is an excellent alternative.  However, I rarely shy away from an opportunity to grace my own foyer or dining room with fresh blooms, granting myself an opportunity to remember my floral training fondly.

The opinions above are both honest and of my own experiences.  Floral Arrangement Photos.  Please find my disclosure policy.

14 comments:

OneMommaSavingMoney said...

Those are some gorgeous arrangements! I have always wanted to learn flower arranging! it does sound relaxing and enjoyable

Jai M. said...

Very nice pictures! I have a wedding coming up in my not-so-distant future so this is good stuff to know about.

Crystal said...

I love flowers. I always thought it would be fun to learn flower arranging. I settled for just grooming my garden though ;)

Debi@The Spring Mount 6 Pack said...

So pretty.

Daisy TrendyMomReviews said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Pam said...

Good luck on developing your flower arranging skills. When you are through, you can come to my house and fix arrangements for me too!

Samantha said...

flowers do amazing things for a room :)

Emmi said...

wow those are awesome! I wish I had that talent but I have enough problems keeping plants alive!

Tammy said...

I have never been good at arranging flowers, or even keeping plants alive for that matter! My mom though is a master at it, she only does it as a hobby but she could easily be a professional.

Closer to Lucy said...

Gorgeous arrangements! My skills could use some work...Why don't you practice and then send me your work for feedback :)

rj7777 said...

These flowers you are showing are gorgeous. I love flowers. It sounds fun what you are doing. It takes a lot to grown those for sure, too. Thanks for sharing. Rita Spratlen rjspratlen@gmail.com

Grace Hodgin said...

You are very multi talented and I loved these designs. Great job and flowers do add such a lovely touch to the area.

Maryann D. said...

I do love flower and I still would love to work in a flower shop arranging and smelling all the pretty flower and plants! These are beautiful pictures of lovely arrangements. I do enjoy getting flowers and picking out some for others!
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Samit said...

My chilhood dream was never to become a florist. But Destiny have something else for you and i landed up becoming a florist and today an online florist. But today i really love my profession and knows what satisfaction this profession provides which no other profession can give.

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