Flower school

Well folks this post is loooooong overdue.  Here are some highlights of our first foray into the world of teaching earlier in the season, our flower school started with a bang and we had more fun than we could have imagined.
Not only were our students game for foraging come rain or shine, they were a pretty damn talented lot and we ended up in helpless giggles more than once ("naughty Mr Fern!"- mentioning no names!).
Teaching is full of discoveries and surprises, not only can the most unlikely looking arrangement be the most inspiring (and make you rethink your own approach) but the greatest satisfaction is from getting the nervous, wary or downright sceptical students on-side and watching them leave beaming, metaphorically wearing hard earned  flower stripes.
We had a bit of a break from teaching whilst we disappeared into a wedding vortex but now we are beginning to come out the other side and we can't wait to get down to business and launch our Autumn classes.  Interested?  Get in touch or keep your eye out for updates; we promise you laughs, new friends, skills and of course, beautiful beautiful flowers. 

'Don't wear a tired, thirsty face'

We Pyrus girls have a bit of a clandestine crush on the king of all soft drinks, yes, Coke; we don't talk about it but find us in the studio on a long day making wedding flowers and more than likely you'll see a can or two of the red stuff next to the scissors.  So you can imagine that we were delighted when the boys from Colstoun told us that Coca-Cola were on their way for a corporate weekend on the estate.  Yes!  A chance to flex our flowery muscles and incorporate some Coca-Cola branding for the big wigs Pyrus style.    

As hawk eyed followers will notice, we've been inspired by the mossy goings-on with kokedama at goodstead and are bringing some contemporary Japanesey ideas to the beautiful antique table in the big house.  We think it works a treat, particularly with those incredible candle sticks. 
As an aside, you might want to check out this little golden nugget of a page that I came across looking for a Coca-Cola slogan for our post title.  Ours is from 1933, which is your favourite?

Our shiny new flower school is go!

Woohoo, after months of preparation and debate our flower school launches this week!  Go to the itison website and you can buy yourself, a friend or you mum (Mother's Day this weekend people) a half price masterclass at the beautiful Colstoun estate in East Lothian where you can learn the basics of wiring or make yourself a pretty little Spring arrangement to take home.  The lovely team at Colstoun house are even providing a delicious afternoon tea to keep those creative juices flowing.  After all, everybody knows that florists need cake.  And the best bit is that if you fancy a  wee jaunt with your pals and three of your friends buy the same voucher then you get your own class for free!  We look forward to seeing you all there.

Feasting and flowers

This post is a little late but we wanted to share with you some of Mary Overmeer's beautiful images of the flowers we put together for the launch of Colstoun's cookery school earlier this month.  Thanks Mary!  We had free reign to forage from the treasure trove that is the Colstoun estate and must thank our fellow gardener (and fast becoming guru) Alan for donating an incredible array of Dalhias from his own garden.  We were in our element choosing vases and filling every room in the cookery school cottages with flowers, the dining room is particularly special and we can't wait to do more events in there.  Special mention has to go to our new find, the magical spindle berry, which rocks this seasons colour blocking trend perfectly with it's vivid pink berries which burst open to reveal a clashing orange interior!  

Spindle berry we love you

Just one of Alan's amazing Dahlias

A legendary Colstoun pear from the walled garden

We had a great time at the launch night, showcasing Pyrus and mingling with the East Lothian community.  Head chef Fiona served up an incredible array of delicious canapes so if you haven't booked yourself in for a cookery course yet get in touch with Cameron or Freddy to brush up your skills and come and say hello to us in the garden.