One of the things Natalie really wants to learn about is bouquet making; we're concentrating on holding the bouquet loose. So many students grip it so tight, there's no room for the flowers to unfurl and do their thing. I think a good way to practice is to start making the bouquet with a loose hand, and then make your hand so loose you drop the flowers. Seems silly maybe, but I like to think of our next lesson in bouquets going something like this:
Natalie is at the work table making a bouquet. I am in a lawn chair sipping champagne in a leisure suit smoking a long cigarette and petting my favorite chicken, Cruella. Just as she is about to tie off a bouquet I shout DROP EM! and make her start over. Just kidding.
But it does help to practice over and over again.
We're working hard every day planting stuff in the field, prepping new beds, ect. Notice I'm not showing you pictures of that because it's a mess and I'm afraid other farmers will laugh at me. Natalie has been so patient with me. There's lots of indecision and frustration in the field and ... rocks. I don't really know what I'm doing, just trying things out. Lots of "evolving thoughts" and "changing directions" and "let's leave this for a while."
I like our flower lessons more after a day of field work -- with the flowers I feel a sense of control and ease. Our little foxglove crop has proved quite handy this week.