‘Bringing Your Furniture to Life’ in the Floral Art Marquee at last year’s Southport Flower Show was designed by Angela Coulton of Petal & Twig.
Petal & Twig is a floral design company from Tartleton, Lancashire, that does amazing things with seasonal British flowers, many of which they’ve grown themselves.
A flower arrangement did its best to climb a skeleton style floor lamp. Succulents sprawled along a left-handed Chaise Longue. Test tubes of flowers made their way up a sheer curtain at the rear.
But the part I absolutely loved was the upright, knee to thigh high hedge of cut flowers running around two sides of the display in a beautiful, artful tangle.
Flowers that travel for hundred or thousands of miles dry packed in boxes before they even get to the florists’ shops have to be sturdy. In contrast, British-grown flowers often retain more of the natural softness and wildness of a garden.
Angela had chosen a lively colour palette: mainly shades of yellow, apricot, peach and orange with rich purple-black scabious and Dahlia.
Flowers used included:
Nigella seed heads
Succulents, berries and foliage
Regular readers may be thinking of The Giant Houseplant Takeover at this point, which is what reminded me to share this gallery of pictures. We ought to acknowledge that Southport got in there first!
To create the installation, Angela worked alongside Plumbs, a family owned, re-upholstery specialist based in Ashton-on-Ribble, Lancashire. Plumbs’ owners share a love of gardening and the display featured not just their upholstered furniture, but also flowers from their garden.
The eye danced along the hedge, picking out each new floral treasure against a changing backdrop of other flowers and foliage with an eagerness that a static camera shot can barely convey. Looking back, I wonder if I could have given a clearer impression if I had laid down and taken pictures of the ‘hedge’ sideways on. That is generally not encouraged at a flower show. It was certainly very tempting to find a way in so I could examine those test tubes and succulents more closely.
As you see, I behaved myself and stayed upright, and on the outside.