Distributed by Reed Books
if you have only a passing interest in floral design, this quality
new book by one of London's leading florists will have you out in
the garden, armed with a pair of secateurs, determined to recreate
these beautiful and innovative arrangements for yourself.
Living Colour is
packed with original and achievable ideas using all sorts of garden
produce as well as cut flowers. For example, who would have thought
of using fat, round summer squashes for vases? Or bundling baby
leeks around soft pink hippeastrums? Or adding apples, kale and
furry purple basil to a basket arrangement?
of Paula Pryke's ideas might seem a little way out at first, but
wait until you see the results. The reason they work is because
of her ingenious use of colour themes - which is what this new book
There are plant palettes
to suit each season, making for a useful reference guide. Plus,
each colour in her top 20 is covered in depth, with tips on how
to go about maximising the impact of a fresh bouquet, whether it
is a simple posy or a complicated table arrangement.
I fell in love with the
dusky black combinations of black callas, roses and berries.
Living Colour also
features truly stunning photos by David Loftus, one of the UK's
Gardener, Issue 90, January 17-30, 2002, Page 26
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH