A bouquet for Mother’s Day

Today is Mothering Sunday (in Ireland, Britain and Nigeria), a time to celebrate the role of mothers, and what better way to celebrate it than by a good country walk followed by exquisite flower arrangements in the setting of an 18th century castle by the sea.

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This was the Spring Flower Show by Naul Gardening and Flower Club, a tiny village in north Co Dublin, whose leading light is florist Christopher White. The arrangements were displayed in the beautiful formal rooms of Ardgillan Castle.

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Above us shone the lovely chandeliers, with ceiling roses reflecting the floral abundance below.

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There were various classes – succulents, vegetables, pot plants, simple spring flowers.

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But of course the most exquisite were in the Flower arranging section.

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The scent of Spring flowers was intense.

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I love flowers in the house but I’m sometimes disappointed with my efforts – don’t have the right vessels, oases etc – so increasingly I like to study others’ superior displays.

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The principles of successful flower arranging are similar to those of garden design :

  • Balance
  • Contrast
  • Colour
  • Proportion

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The lovely ladies who manned the Show confided that this was just a small outing for the Club – they have won medals at Chelsea – and their major Show is in September. Can’t wait.

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Meanwhile, Ireland will be hosting the World Flower Show, ‘A Floral Odyssey’, in Dublin in June… and I can’t wait for that either.

 

6 thoughts on “A bouquet for Mother’s Day

  1. Thank you for taking the time to share the posts – seeing beautiful spring arrangements in your part of the world as we experience heavy rain this week in Connecticut, I think this is a super-treat. The bicycle wheel is cute too.

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  2. Pingback: A Floral Odyssey. | Jardin

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