We could have filled the available spaces on the flower arranging workshop twice over. For those who did manage to get a place, the day began with a fortifying cup of coffee and a biscuit before everyone settled down to what turned out to be a remarkably professional presentation from two of our parishioners, Anna Jones and Freddie Quartley. However random flower arranging may appear to the uninitiated, in fact a great deal of planning is needed. First, suitable flowers have to be identified:
Then the shape of the display has to be planned :
Slowly, carefully, and piece by piece, the foliage is put in place. Not a bloom goes anywhere near the arrangement until the greenery is good enough to form a display all on its own:
Everyone then has a try at wiring the stems of some of the blooms :
before the flowers themselves begin to be placed, until eventually the display is completed:
Et voila! Four outstanding displays, two for the main sanctuary and two for St Philip’s chapel:
A huge thank-you to Anna and Freddie for all their hard work, and well done to everyone for producing beautiful arrangements!