Day Five - Designs using British Snapdragons by Charlotte Slade of Jane Packer Flowers

Jane Packer Flowers are famed internationally for the purity and apparent simplicity of their designs, honing their palette to a single flower type and colours from within a single colour group in a design. The result is to lay bare the essential beauty of the flower form.

The Snapdragon Bouquet

This is the snapdragon, but not as you know it. Charlotte has broken its form down such that you see a soft, delicate bouquet but can’t identify the flower. To achieve this fascinating effect, Charlotte removed 200 flowerheads from the snapdragon spires and wired them individually, before gathering them all into one exquisite, dreamy bouquet.

British Flowers Week 2015 Day 5 Design by Charlotte Slade of Jane Packer Flowers using British Snapdragons - Presented to you by New Covent Garden Flower Market
British Flowers Week 2015 Day 5 Design by Charlotte Slade of Jane Packer Flowers using British Snapdragons - Presented to you by New Covent Garden Flower Market

A Catherine Wheel of Flowers

A shallow black bowl holds a catherine wheel of colour, the snapdragons graduating from soft yellow through shades of orange and red to a deep pink. Charlotte observed that the flower tips of the snapdragon have a gentle curve and has skillfully used this characteristic to build the spiralling flow of this design.

British Flowers Week 2015 Day 5 Design by Charlotte Slade of Jane Packer Flowers using British Snapdragons - Presented to you by New Covent Garden Flower Market
British Flowers Week 2015 Day 5 Design by Charlotte Slade of Jane Packer Flowers using British Snapdragons - Presented to you by New Covent Garden Flower Market
British Flowers Week 2015 Day 5 Design by Charlotte Slade of Jane Packer Flowers using British Snapdragons - Presented to you by New Covent Garden Flower Market

Signature Jane Packer

The hatbox of flowers is the classic Jane Packer innovation, and turns the humble cottage flower into a luxurious gift item. Whereas flowers such as roses sit easily in a hatbox, more thought had to go into creating a hatbox of antirrhinums to ensure that the customer would see more than closed flowertips. Charlotte’s answer was to snap the Snapdragon! Charlotte expertly snipped the flower stems and mixed the flower tips with the colourful lower flowering stems. The resulting arrangement is stunning - and you don’t see the workings.

British Flowers Week 2015 Day 5 Design by Charlotte Slade of Jane Packer Flowers using British Snapdragons - Presented to you by New Covent Garden Flower Market
British Flowers Week 2015 Day 5 Design by Charlotte Slade of Jane Packer Flowers using British Snapdragons - Presented to you by New Covent Garden Flower Market
British Flowers Week 2015 Day 5 Design by Charlotte Slade of Jane Packer Flowers using British Snapdragons - Presented to you by New Covent Garden Flower Market

The Bee & The Snapdragon

In the middle of the photoshoot outside New Covent Garden Flower Market in London’s busy Vauxhall a bee alighted on Charlotte’s snapdragons!

British Flowers Week 2015 Day 5 Design by Charlotte Slade of Jane Packer Flowers using British Snapdragons - Presented to you by New Covent Garden Flower Market
British Flowers Week 2015 Day 5 Design by Charlotte Slade of Jane Packer Flowers using British Snapdragons - Presented to you by New Covent Garden Flower Market

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