Day Four | 3 Designs by Abigail MacNiven, Petal & Stalk

Lincolnshire based florist Abigail MacNiven of Petal & Stalk Floral Design revels in detailed, intricate floral designs. And reflecting her rural location, she has created three enchanting arrangements in her signature natural, wild style showcasing British flowers and foliage.

 

Showstopper Design | Magical Woodland

In Abigail’s magical woodland, set within a hexagonal honeycomb outline, a vintage wooden beehive takes centre stage. It’s embellished with a ‘swarm’ of bees, represented by sunflower seeds, in the shape of the British Isles. Sprouting from the top of the beehive are ferns, chive flowers, flowering nettles, poppy seed heads, flowering parsley and saxifraga.

Abigail says: “I wanted to create a hidden magical space which was full of detail and wild flowers, not too perfectly placed and as natural as possible… almost as if it had been self-seeded.”

Growing on the woodland floor are orlaya grandiflora, foxgloves, alliums, cornflowers, red valerian, dog roses, eremurus, lupins, cow parsley, honeysuckle, geraniums, flowering nettle, saxifraga, rosemary, honesty, flowering hebe, ivy, artichokes, hostas and lavender.

Silver birch trees, resplendent with bird nests, and even the odd bird or two (!), provide the perfect backdrop for this wonderful setting.

Abigail MacNiven, Petal & Stalk magical woodland for British Flowers Week 2017 by New Covent Garden Flower Market
Abigail MacNiven, Petal & Stalk magical woodland for British Flowers Week 2017 by New Covent Garden Flower Market
Abigail MacNiven, Petal & Stalk magical woodland for British Flowers Week 2017 by New Covent Garden Flower Market
Abigail MacNiven, Petal & Stalk magical woodland for British Flowers Week 2017 by New Covent Garden Flower Market
Abigail MacNiven, Petal & Stalk magical woodland for British Flowers Week 2017 by New Covent Garden Flower Market
 

Technical Design | Rustic Wreath

Created on a natural base of clematis, this rustic design adorned with physalis, hellebores, rosemary, honesty, seed heads and grasses sits perfectly within the woodland scene.

Abigail says: “I wanted to create something natural, which would dry and still look pretty. I actually have a lot of customers who have wreaths on their doors throughout the year and we refresh them every few months.”

Abigail MacNiven, Petal & Stalk rustic wreath for British Flowers Week 2017 by New Covent Garden Flower Market
Abigail MacNiven, Petal & Stalk rustic wreath for British Flowers Week 2017 by New Covent Garden Flower Market
 

Signature Design | Trailing Bridal Bouquet

White peonies contrast with burgundy cornflowers in this trailing bridal bouquet. These stunning blooms are complemented by accent flowers which include clematis, jasmine, honeysuckle and orlaya grandiflora. Silver birch and honesty provided the foliage element. And the design is finished off beautifully with coloured silk ribbons.

Abigail MacNiven, Petal & Stalk trailing bouquet for British Flowers Week 2017 by New Covent Garden Flower Market
Abigail MacNiven, Petal & Stalk trailing bouquet for British Flowers Week 2017 by New Covent Garden Flower Market
 

Abigail MacNiven, Petal & Stalk | www.petalandstalk.co.uk

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