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MAKE IT YOURSELF: How to make a pretty autumn arrangement

You, too, could create a centrepiece to be proud of by following these simple steps. (4252260)
You, too, could create a centrepiece to be proud of by following these simple steps. (4252260)

A monthly column by Flowers 'n' Things in Red Lion Street, Spalding

This month's ‘Make it’ has a real autumn feel about it.

You will need a clear glass vase, a small saucer or plastic florist tray that will just sit on top neatly and a small piece of oasis. You may well be able to find all of the other ‘ingredients’ in the garden, though it is always possible to buy single stems of foliage and flowers at a florist.

Cut some garden foliage and grasses and add in some miniature vibrant orange Chinese lanterns if you have them. Gather some crab apples - some may be attached to small pieces of fallen branch and these can be used as a stem in the arrangement.

You'll need some florist's oasis. (4252256)
You'll need some florist's oasis. (4252256)

Fill your glass vase with crab apples and then sit the saucer or dish on top. Secure a small cube of soaked oasis into the dish using pot tape if necessary.

To create your arrangement start with foliage to get the general shape and then add in grasses, the Chinese lanterns etc. and perhaps some crab apples.

Keep adding stems until you have the display you desire. The end result will make a lovely seasonal centrepiece.

Gather together your 'ingredients' for your display. (4252258)
Gather together your 'ingredients' for your display. (4252258)

If you lack the confidence to try this on your own why not book a place on one of our popular flower arranging workshops?

We hold our workshops every few week in our covered courtyard area adjoining our coffee shop. Sessions are fun and informal and our florist will design a seasonal arrangement and demonstrate how to achieve it.

You will then be provided with everything you need and whatever help and advice you’d like in order to create your own masterpiece.

Once you have done, sit back and relax and enjoy a well earned coffee and piece of home made cake which is all included in the workshop fee of £25.

Our next available date is Wednesday, October 31.

You can pop in to book or call us on 01775 769306. Our groups are small so book early to avoid disappointment.

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