Flower Power

It’s Spring and all around us are a host of golden daffodils and delicious scented hyacinths with the promise of further spring blooms to come.

With a little knowledge and practice, flower arranging not only beautifies our surroundings, it improves manual dexterity, promotes sensory stimulation and can also reduce stress.

If you are interested in learning about flower arranging, live classes are not available at the moment, due to lockdown, but there are plenty of online opportunities.

You could try https://classbento.co.uk/flowers-and-plants-classes. You will find all kinds of arts and crafts classes here, many supplied with kits so you have all you need to proceed and learn.

Whilst flowers are available at supermarkets, albeit with some limited stock, florists are closed at the moment. Several local florists have online shops delivering ready-made bouquets and arrangements. They may be willing to provide a sheaf of loose stems if you have a word with them.

Two local suppliers are Pretty Petals www.pretty-petals.co.uk and Flower Sanctuary www.flowersanctuary.co.uk

Once lockdown is eased, keep an eye out for specialist flower arranging classes or ask your local florist if they know of any courses.

If you are just generally green-fingered and have an interest in plants and growing, then check in with or visit Streatham Community Garden, who run various events and also welcome volunteers www.streathamcommunitygarden.org. Also Railside Garden www.railsidegarden.org.uk