3 Sundays ago I went to another marvellous Martin and the Magpie workshop. Last time it was to recreate a Dutch Still Life, this time was a Vintage Spring Planting Party. We were to take along our own vintage containers to fill with bulbs, fresh flowers and plants all topped off with moss.
After an informative and fun demonstration by Martin we were let loose on a table of ingredients for our containers.......oh what fun we had. My cream 1930s container had been found in a charity shop just the day before and I filled it with a gold edged primula, tete a tete daffodil bulbs, twisted willow stems and fresh flowers that looked just like yellow drumsticks.......and I can't remember their name!
Any gaps between the plants were covered in moss......the daffodils have just finished flowering 3 weeks later.
We also learnt that bulbs have everything they need to survive and flower contained in the bulb itself, the roots really only used as anchors in the soil. So it is possible to remove most of the soil and the roots and cram them in really tiny containers. Moss dampened regularly gives them enough moisture. To prove the point miniature Iris bulbs were stuffed into these small showjumping cups. And they bloomed beautifully!!
So not only did we have a lovely afternoon with bulbs, moss and flowers but there were a wonderful assortment of cakes for tea.
I've booked onto another two courses........I can't wait, and promise to share the results.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend