Simple Flower Arranging: Foraged Spring Wreath

I am so excited to share a new series of posts on Frolic! today about simple and natural flower arranging. All the posts will share tips for flower arranging using all natural techniques devoid of wire or foam or traditional floristry tools. Today’s project: a foraged spring wreath.

I was inspired by the meadows in Portugal full of apple blossoms and grasses and lovely soft materials right now. I made this wreath by braiding together vines, grasses, and any medium weight stems I could find, just like you would hair! You could also attach it on to a wreath base like this for more support. Add twine to support, where necessary but once you get the base going, start weaving materials in. Add lightweight, delicate flowers last. Sprtiz with water and store in the fridge in a plastic bag until ready to use! You could add more delicate flowers the morning of your event.

Thank you to Fifty Flowers for making this series possible!

Wisteria Dreams

wisteria sintra

The wisteria is blooming a month earlier than normal. Winding and dancing its way around fences, stonewalls, and abandoned villas and thickening the air with fragrance in the fairytale town of Sintra, forty minutes north of Lisbon. While I am normally quick to lose patience with masses of tourists, it outshines their presence and makes any visit to Sintra worthwhile. I’d come to see just the flowers, no need for a castle visit, as long as I can take in all the flowery goodness here! Stay away from the center, and you won’t have to fight the crowds. Wander down side streets and through tree-lined lanes, exploring old houses and forgotten estates. The unruly masses of wisteria abound at every corner, whether entangling themselves with pastel pink Cecil Brunner roses, or taking on an old house with masses of unkept geranium and pittosporum, for the most heady perfume imaginable! Having never lived in such a sunny place before, I’ve never known such fragrant air, or such an early explosion of spring flora. To have roses, and lilacs, and wisteria all at once is like some sort of heaven to me. In a year so full of turmoil on both a grand and small scale, these reminders of beauty are such tonics for the spirit!

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Flower News

lily of the valley

I’d love to share a bit of news with you today!

I have an in-person flower class here in Lisbon that I’ll be teaching as part of an event with Sanda Pagaimo, you can see more details, and sign up over here. In the class, we’ll be making a hand-tied bouquet with some foraged materials as well as locally grown flower stems. It should be fun! Be sure to check out the details of Sanda’s event as there’s a dinner, a pop-up shop, and a Lithuanian egg painting class which I’ve taken before and is truly wonderful!

There are two new sessions of my online flower classes beginning February 20th. More details here:

Flower Arranging 101

Feel free to email me, should you have any questions! Have a lovely day.

Lisbon Gardens: Scenes from Ajuda

If gardens juxtaposed with a city skyline are your thing, don’t miss Ajuda when you come to Lisbon! A walled garden with extensive acreage, an agriculture and engineering school, a grand glass house, and garden-strewn residences of the workers and students, Ajuda is a must-see for any horticulture-lover. Enjoy a visual tour here and I am sure I’ll be sharing more from this special place, very soon! Note: these were taken in January so cabbages, aloe, and “early spring” blossoms abound.

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