I was lucky enough to spend a morning with the talented florist and flower grower Polly Nicholson at Bayntun Flowers last week. Known for her original and seasonal floristry she weaves her floral wonders in a romantic Coach House in Wiltshire. It was here that she talked me through her creation of an autumnal bouquet.
The flowers used were:
Bells of Ireland (Molucella laevis) – Polly told me ‘They can be time consuming to prep so many florists don’t bother with these’ – shame!
Dried Allium nigrum and poppy heads
Dahlia Eveline – a white dahlia with a flush of pink and good straight stems.
Polly explained that the first petals to go on a dahlia are the base petals so check these before adding to your bunch. Apparently dark coloured Dahlias hold longer than the white ones so use whites for events or when you need a shorter vase life. ‘At this time of year cut more than a flower head for the sake of a good stem and pick and dead head every day’.
Acidanthera (Gladiolus murielae) – ‘These have the same strength as regular Gladioli and provide good height and structure in big arrangements but the heads have movement’ Polly says.
Crocosmia seed heads – to echo the shape of the Acidanthera heads. I haven’t seen these used before – so clever and provide real interest.
Polly worked on a round, looking to create layers of texture and colour to create the tapestry like effect that she so loves.