Some of our residents recently spent a lovely afternoon learning about flower arranging. We talked about the types of flowers used and why they were popular, some are best for scent and some for structure. The group also discussed some of the more technical aspects of flower arranging including the use of Oasis, how to cut it to fit pots and then keeping it moist so that arrangements last.
An arrangement was demonstrated to the residents. It went through what to do step by step, such as how to put the flowers in to the Oasis without breaking the stems and so on. Each resident then chose some favourite blooms and set about making wonderful floral creations.
It was great to be working with colour and texture and the conversation was really stimulating too, we talked about our favourite gardens to visit and decided that a day trip to one of them must be fitted into the Summer schedule for 2018. We also decided that we would apply our green fingers to pots for the garden in the spring time too. A trip to a local garden centre is also on the cards!
Many studies show that learning new skills later in life can really help with improved mental and physical health. Brain cells and nimble fingers were certainly involved with our flower arranging!
Pictures showing our fabulous floral displays are below. If you know someone who’d like to spend a day with us doing something like this then don’t forget we also offer Day Care at Highgrove House, just call to arrange a free taster visit.