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Follow these step by step instructions to make a simple flower wreath.   The cow parsley and ivy leaves were foraged from the unkept pathways of Se19.  But the principles will work well with most flowers and foliage, no matter how grand or humble their origins.

So you will need – wire, firm enough to make a frame.  A fine wire or florist’s tape to bind the stems to the frame. A piece of ribbon and of course your flowers.

step 1 –  The length of wire depends on the size of the wreath you want to make.  Make a circle to the desired size and  any excess can be wrapped around the frame.  It is also good to loop a section over to make a, well a loop which you can use to hang it or to tie the ribbon.

step 2  –   cut a selection of your flower and foliage stems to 3″-4″

step 3  – bundle together in little posy your flowers and foliage.  When you are happy with the look and size hold it firmly and using the wire or tape,  bind the posy of flowers and foliage to the wire frame.

step 4 – repeat step 3 – repeat step 3  – repeat step 3.  I am sure you are now getting the idea!  Continue doing this until you have completely covered the frame. Cheats tip…  if you run out of flowers you can double back the frame to close the gap

step 5  – finish with ribbon or twine and hang.

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These are my Columbia Road market spoils…. pink peonies, ranunculus, sweet peas and a hydrangea.  Albeit that the hydrangea barely made the trip home in the overwhelming bank holiday heat.

The graffiti shot is to take the edge off the bubblegum sweetness of bouquet with peonies and ranunculus.  The symbolic meaning of peonies, a much requested bridal bloom,   varies from east to west.  In Japanese and Eastern mythologies they hold a meaning of good fortune and riches.   However to Victorians, peonies meant anger, thankfully countered by the meaning of  ranunculus which is ‘you are radiant with charms’.

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On Sunday’s from 8 am hoards of young and old, the hipster and the hippy, descend on Columbia Road flower market in EC2 this fairly narrow street lined with flower traders.  This is a “3 bunches for a tenner” type of market in easy walking distance from Hoxton and Shoreditch High Street Stations.

The stock is largely seasonal; peonies are the current flower of choice as it is May.   There is a fantastic range of herbs, plants, shrubs and trees too. It isn’t a wholesale market like New Covent Garden but plenty of inspiration abounds.  I am sure that many a vase will  be dusted off and many a bunch of flowers given – as a result of the morning’s excursion.

Tired of flowers? Behind the traders are some quirky shops; generally fuelling the economy for anything vintage but cute nonetheless.

Once you’ve fought your way though all the Ikea bags filled with bedding plants the weary on a sunny day head to the Courtyard on Ezra Street.  Don’t worry about trying to find a seat in a cafe, as the pavement seats the masses.  Sunday flower hunters rest up with a coffee a bagel or a jam doughnut from Jones Dairy and if you are lucky enough enjoy the band.


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