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Christmas wreath by Richard Haslam.

Christmas wreath by Richard Haslam.

I love flowers.  All kinds, all colors, all seasons.  So I absolutely loved watching Richard Haslam creating his “contemporary floral arrangements with a twist” last week.  Back a few years ago when I wasn’t completely swamped with my three kids’ activities, I was a member of a garden club.  I had so much fun learning how to create floral arrangements! (Thank you Spade & Trowel Garden Club of Manlius, NY!)  I guess I haven’t created any arrangements in a very long time, because I miss it.  The local garden club in Ardee hosted Irishman Richard Haslam for their Christmas arrangements demonstration.  What an enjoyable evening!  He has won two gold medals at the Chelsea Flower show, among other honors.  What I really enjoyed was how he spoke to the audience, and how personable he seemed.  His arrangements were fabulous.  I was really hoping to win one in the raffle at the end of the night, but no luck.  I’ll have to make my own!

Richard Haslam's Christmas wreath.

Richard Haslam’s Christmas wreath.

I liked his idea of first putting silver garland around the wreath, and then adding baby’s breath (lots of it).  Who doesn’t like orchids?  I think it is a lovely alternative to the traditional Christmas wreath!  I’m afraid I don’t know the exact names of a lot of the flowers, he went too quickly for me to get that information.

Richard Haslam's pink Christmas arrangement.

Richard Haslam’s pink Christmas arrangement.

This pink arrangement had a few levels. I think it looks completely different depending on the angle.  Definitely not your standard Christmas arrangement.

Richard Haslam's pink Christmas arrangement.

Richard Haslam’s pink Christmas arrangement.

Richard Haslam's Christmas arrangement using cane.

Richard Haslam’s Christmas arrangement using cane.

I loved this black, red, and green arrangement!  He said the fanned material was cane.  He opened it up and tied it (perfectly, of course) in front of us.  I love the unusual look it gives!

Richard Haslam's floral demonstration with cane.

Richard Haslam’s floral demonstration with cane.

It doesn’t look like much in the picture above, does it?  But quick enough, he had it up and lovely! The flowers had their own tubes of water, which he had painted black.

Richard Haslam's creations.

Richard Haslam’s creations.

His table arrangement was surprisingly tall.  He explained that you usually only spoke to the people next to you anyway!

Richard Haslam's carnation table arrangement.

Richard Haslam’s carnation table arrangement.

That red stuff looks fabulous.  It is hiding his oasis.

Close-up of Richard Haslam's carnation table arrangement.

Close-up of Richard Haslam’s carnation table arrangement.

Yeah, a little different, right?  Even as he was creating them, I was wondering how they’d turn out.  But I think I like them more for being that bit different. (ok, maybe I’d have left out the red cane sticks here and just stuck with the carnations?)

Keeping with the red theme, here is a great way to display roses!

Richard Haslam's roses.

Richard Haslam’s roses.

I loved this one!  I’m allowed to say that more than once, right?  He lined the roses up on a table and then cut them accordingly.  It was such a “duh” moment for me, as I usually cut the flowers while holding them, put them in the vase, adjust, try again, and again!  How simple it really is once you learn the tricks.

Close-up of Richard Haslam's red rose arrangement.

Close-up of Richard Haslam’s red rose arrangement.

Hey, that’s the ivy I’m pulling off of my Hawthorne trees! It looks lovely here.

Roses by Richard Haslam.

Roses by Richard Haslam.

Behind the roses, you can see the next arrangement. It has white roses, silver painted leaves, and is massive!

White roses Christmas arrangement by Richard Haslam.

White roses Christmas arrangement by Richard Haslam.

Close-up of white roses arrangement by Richard Haslam.

Close-up of white roses arrangement by Richard Haslam.

Three arrangements by Richard Haslam.

Three arrangements by Richard Haslam.

Purple and pink mantel piece arrangement with candles.  All I can say is that it worked!  It is beautiful.

Mantel piece arrangement with candles.

Mantel piece arrangement with candles.

Pink & purple mantel piece arrangement with candles by Richard Haslam.

Pink & purple mantel piece arrangement with candles by Richard Haslam.

I love those colors!

Pink & purple mantel piece arrangement with candles (and ornaments).

Pink & purple mantel piece arrangement with candles (and ornaments).

Multi leveled Christmas arrangement by Richard Haslam.

Multi leveled Christmas arrangement by Richard Haslam.

This arrangement was really nice as individual arrangements.  The finished product was quite impressive, but I’d prefer just one level.

Close-up of Richard Haslam's arrangement.

Close-up of Richard Haslam’s arrangement.

Gorgeous Christmas flowers.

Gorgeous Christmas flowers.

Some of the final arrangements by Richard Haslam.

Some of the final arrangements by Richard Haslam.

It was nice to get out and see some creative arranging to get some new ideas!  My friend from book club invited me to go, and I’m so glad I did. Thanks Ciara!

Do you make your own Christmas arrangements? If so, happy creating!  🙂
Dana

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