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The Jewish Chronicle - JC Magazine - - Flowers -

F CHOOS­ING cream and white flow­ers, be sure to opt for the colour that matches your dress; white flow­ers make an ivory frock look dirty and vice versa. How­ever, a touch of green flow­ers or fo­liage can solve this. Cream also looks lovely against all skin tones, while white can be rather harsh. Pic­tured far left is a del­i­cate posy of lily-of-the-val­ley flow­ers and fo­liage, with a han­dle of satin rib­bon, se­cured with pearl-headed pins. The lovely broad, deep green leaf sets off the tiny white flow­ers to perfection. In­spired, per­haps, by Princess Grace and the Duchess of Cam­bridge, lily-ofthe-val­ley is one of the most re­quested flow­ers for brides’ bou­quets. How­ever, it is also one of the most ex­pen­sive. It has a very short sea­son in April and May, and its fragility makes it dif­fi­cult to use, so florists charge a pre­mium for it. How­ever, it is so pretty and fem­i­nine and it looks stun­ning with most styles of wed­ding dress, par­tic­u­larly lace. It also has a gor­geous fra­grance.

Shown right is a fully-wired shower bou­quet, con­tain­ing pur­ple lisianthus, Mi­lano roses, glo­riosa, deep pink Sin­ga­pore or­chids, plus soft rus­cus and eu­c­a­lyt­pus fo­liage. This sump­tu­ous com­bi­na­tion looks ex­otic and highly orig­i­nal. The colours work to­gether be­cause they are ad­ja­cent on the colour wheel, which means they har­monise (other ex­am­ples in­clude tints and shades of or­ange and red; yel­low and green; and blue and pur­ple). The flow­ers are avail­able all year, but or­chids are par­tic­u­larly ex­pen­sive in sum­mer. A fully-wired shower bou­quet is the most com­pli­cated de­sign to cre­ate — and there­fore one of the most ex­pen­sive. Each stem has been care­fully wired and sealed with tape, to en­sure that the flow­ers last as long as pos­si­ble. Wiring also helps cre­ate the per­fect shape and makes the bou­quet much lighter. We also teach stu­dents how to cre­ate semi-wired de­signs, which are eas­ier to make, be­cause they are held in foam. They are less ex­pen­sive, but not quite as se­cure.

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