The Little Branch Ombre Design Class

Have some fun pics to share from the Ombre design class at the Little Branch’s brand new studio from last weekend!  The class is part of a monthly series they’re putting on, and they’ve all been great so far.  Also, their studio, which is very convenient to the Downtown Flower Mart, is going to occasionally be for rent to other designers needing space for wedding prep, which I’m really excited about.  It’s a great space!

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And I couldn’t resist posting a shot of their fun vintage bottle collection in its new home!

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For the design itself, we started by lining up all of our flowers in gradient order.  The hardest thing about this design was doing the math – since you want each color space to be roughly equally sized, I had to really think about whether I was spacing out the arrangement properly.  Annie said that sometimes she starts on each end, and alternates sides until she gets to the middle, rather than going side to side, which seems like a great tip! After you do one of these though, you will have a much easier time with quantities and spacing on the rest!

We didn’t follow a set recipe / stem count for this arrangement, but had a host of ivory to pink to fuchsia toned flowers to choose from.  I used:

Ivory spray roses

Peachy hypericum berries

My beloved Lizzie carnations

3 different shades of pink carnations

Medium pink spray roses

Deep pink sweet peas

Magenta spray roses

Fuchsia coxcomb, and

Deep pink Sweet William

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These arrangements were done in plastic lined foam in paper liner style containers, which I really liked with the Ombre:

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And as always, some redundant shots of my finished arrangement:

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I forget what this stuff (below) is called! It looked almost like Heather but was something different, that none of us had worked with before.  It was awesome texture, but went limp in the foam pretty quickly:

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July 6, 2012 - 7:24 am

Laurie (Fleurie) - Beautiful pictures, beautiful results! The plant in question is Polygonum orientale- I grow it but I have not found the secret to keeping it from wilting, and I’ve been trying for years! Grows like a weed, about 3 1/2′ tall.

July 10, 2012 - 8:27 am

Home and Garden Blogger - Lovely pictures and excellent arrangements. I wish I could grow flowers like that in my garden but the British climate is proving to be a problem unfortunately.

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