Some things I learned in my first year.......
- You are always going to be COLD.
- You learn how to 'feather' carnation petals until the cows come home.
- Wiring 100 ivy leaves is not funny and does not feel remotely creative with cold hands
- You need lashings of handcream after every lesson
- There are only so many things you can do with Leather Leaf to make it look attractive.
- You have to learn many Latin names for plants and flowers, and learn how to pronounce Tsuga Heterophylla like you know what it looks like, and what to do with it (especially as everyone says it differently!).
- Work experience as a 28 year old is no fun at all, especially when the Head Florist is younger than you!
- Making arrangements and hand ties in class is totally different when you do it at work as the customer is always waiting.
- Tool Boxes are best not left in the middle of the room, especially when you are carrying a bucket full of freezing water.
However, in my second year...
You learn how to design and construct wedding bouquets - funnily enough I said I was never going to get involved doing weddings, but it turned out, I was very good at them and now that's what I do the most of!
I don't do as much floristry as I did, with two children, a job as a Fundraiser and all my other projects on the go, it has taken a back seat (for now). I still do the odd bouquet, funeral arrangement and wedding....my sister-in-law is getting married next September so I will have to dig out my scissors and stem stripper!