The flower fix Modern arrangements for a daily dose of nature

Anna Potter

Book - 2019

"Blousy blooms, speckled branches, rich foliage, and delicate petals; nature has the power to inspire and energise, calm and soothe, focus and still. Anna has harnessed this magic with 26 tailor-made combinations of flowers to bring a floral boost to your home, no matter what your mood." -- Back cover.

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Subjects
Genres
Handbooks and manuals
Published
London : White Lion Publishing 2019.
Language
English
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
207 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
ISBN
9781781317884
1781317887
Main Author
Anna Potter (author)
  • The arrangements
  • Basic skills.
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Don't expect bright bursts of Gerber daisies and snapdragons here, or, for that matter, out-of-alignment arrangements that might suggest tortured greenery. In her first, photograph-packed book, Sheffield, England flower-shop owner Potter teaches the how-to's of what she calls "the slow flower movement," gathering stems and posies to create more of a relaxed, subtle, Dutch Masters' effect. Mantels are littered with single blooms, stems, and found objects like porcelain hands, a stuffed bird, and a timepiece. Meadow lookalikes and small installations appear to take over a room, if not the whole house. Her 26 projects feature a field-to-vase approach that's dominated by in-season flowers; a step-by-step method using chicken wire and potters' tape (floral foam being a sustainability no-go); and an eye that forgoes symmetry to embrace the whims of nature. Following that drama come Potter's quieter teachings: choosing and buying flowers (according to the four tenets of focal flower, secondary flower, height and texture, and foliage filler); the appropriate way to forage; seven sets of instructions for creating wreaths and other forms; and a glossary of flowers. Along with the beautiful arrangements themselves, quotes throughout remind all to rethink the notion of beauty. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In this instructional, if slightly uneven, how-to guide, Potter, founder of U.K. flower shop Swallows & Damson, champions a "less controlled, flower-led approach" to flower arranging, promoting "sustainable and locally grown flowers that are ‘field-to-vase.'?" The 26 projects—for arrangements, wreaths, garlands, and larger-scale "installations"—are organized by color, with mood boards highlighting sources of inspiration (such as baskets, vintage clocks, and old Bakelite radios) to "approach flower arranging from a place of storytelling and creating feeling, rather than designs to suit certain occasions." Potter's instructions sometimes describe how her arrangements went awry and forced her to improvise, which she calls "a beautiful lesson in releasing expectations." The "Basic Skills" section covers choosing flowers, tools needed, and guidance on choosing a container (which Potter finds "surprisingly significant in determining the overall effect"), accompanied by rudimentary illustrations which seem larger than necessary and lack the elegance of India Hobson's desaturated photography. While some projects feel absurd (one arrangement uses 40 roses, among other flowers, and fills a whole bathtub), the gorgeous, seemingly effortless aesthetic Potter lays out in her well-stocked compendium should appeal to design-minded, Instagram-savvy readers. (June) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The Flower Fix presents wild inspiration and modern arrangements by Swallows and Damsons florist Anna Potter, with beautiful photography by India Hobson. Blousy blooms, speckled branches, rich foliage, and delicate petals; nature has the power to inspire and energize, calm and soothe, focus and still. Anna has harnessed this magic with 26 tailor-made combinations of flowers to bring a floral boost to your home, no matter what your mood. With easy-to-find seasonal blooms, found items such as twigs and dried fruit, and any assortment of containers, discover how simple it is to bring a little bit of nature’s mystery into the everyday. Spanning all seasons and including both larger installations and smaller, simpler projects, there is something for anyone looking to play, experiment, and create atmosphere with flowers. Get your daily flower fix with these and more inspiring arrangements:Inspire Playfulness is a spring arrangement to bring joy, featuring lilac, roses, ranunculus, poppy, narcissi, and forget-me-nots.Flowers for Gratitude is a mix of summer’s bounty to inspire thankfulness, including garden rose, daucus, echinacea, and chocolate sunflower.Find Beauty in the Everyday is a colorful arrangement to bring a fresh perspective, featuring autumn foliage, hydrangea, dahlia, crab apple, and rosehip.The Shape of Self-Expression is a circular wreath design to express individuality, with holly, lamb’s ear, yellow holly berries, twigs and dried seedheads, and ivy berries.Each project lists the equipment, flowers, and foliage needed to start the project along with step-by-step instructions. You’ll also find a guide to basic flower arranging; notes on color palettes and how to use color; and a flower glossary listing the color, seasonal availability, and vase life of each flower. Be led by the flowers, foliage, stems, follow their shapes and form, feel their weight and heft to create versions of these gorgeous arrangements that are uniquely your own.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The Flower Fix presents wild inspiration and modern arrangements by Swallows and Damsons florist Anna Potter, with beautiful photography by India Hobson. Blousy blooms, speckled branches, rich foliage, and delicate petals; nature has the power to inspire and energize, calm and soothe, focus and still. Anna has harnessed this magic with 26 tailor-made combinations of flowers to bring a floral boost to your home, no matter what your mood. With easy-to-find seasonal blooms, found items such as twigs and dried fruit, and any assortment of containers, discover how simple it is to bring a little bit of nature's mystery into the everyday. Spanning all seasons and including both larger installations and smaller, simpler projects, there is something for anyone looking to play, experiment, and create atmosphere with flowers. Get your daily flower fix with these and more inspiring arrangements:Inspire Playfulness is a spring arrangement to bring joy, featuring lilac, roses, ranunculus, poppy, narcissi, and forget-me-nots.Flowers for Gratitude is a mix of summer's bounty to inspire thankfulness, including garden rose, daucus, echinacea, and chocolate sunflower.Find Beauty in the Everyday is a colorful arrangement to bring a fresh perspective, featuring autumn foliage, hydrangea, dahlia, crab apple, and rosehip.The Shape of Self-Expression is a circular wreath design to express individuality, with holly, lamb's ear, yellow holly berries, twigs and dried seedheads, and ivy berries.Each project lists the equipment, flowers, and foliage needed to start the project along with step-by-step instructions. You'll also find a guide to basic flower arranging; notes on color palettes and how to use color; and a flower glossary listing the color, seasonal availability, and vase life of each flower. Be led by the flowers, foliage, stems, follow their shapes and form, feel their weight and heft to create versions of these gorgeous arrangements that are uniquely your own.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A refreshingly modern guide to creative floral arrangements that uplift and inspire.