Amaris & Willow

Whimsical Floral Design by Becka Whelan

Flowers for Hermes & Flower Cakes

We had two very different days at the Academy this week, my favourite was creating flowers inspired by Hermes. I love all the beautiful colours in the Hermes scarves and really enjoyed creating a design that would be in the entrance to their shop. As you can see I used a lot of orange in the design, to replicate the beautiful orange Hermes boxes and packaging. I really like using brightly coloured vases that set off the flowers and this blue vase was a wonderful choice to do just that.

I wanted to keep the design quite fresh and spring-like as we approach warmer days and the spring flowers are arriving. I used some beautiful orange roses & tulips and then added some white touches to soften the design, mostly using white stock, white tulips and calla lilies.

I didn't use that much foliage in the design, the flowers were the focus and I just added a few pops of green to lift the arrangement. I used some palm leaves and a bit of eucalyptus, which added a nice softness and texture to the overall design.  It's a great idea to create designs that are inspired by a specific brand that you love.  It adds a focus and colour palette to your design.

This week we also made cakes from flowers. I have to admit, I didn't feel like I'd find this that inspiring as it seems a bit too twee for my taste. In the end though, I did quite enjoy making the cake seen above. In order to make a 'flower cake' you use two different sized rings of oasis and cover them both with flowers, cinnamon sticks, berries, and whatever else creates a 'cake -like' appearance.  my cake is mostly made of delicate pinky white roses, baby's breath and pink lemon-balm.  This design looks especially effective when you put a few cakes together on a table. It would make a lovely addition to a christening or a summer picnic.