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Feb Workshop 2021 - 'Pancake Day'
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Conditioning of Ė Narcissus (Daffodils)

Daffodils produce a sap which is poisonous to all other flowers.

You will see daffodils sold, tied into bundles, placed in boxes and not in water. This is because when they are placed in water they produce a toxic sap in the stem. They must be kept separated at all times.

Ideally condition them for 24 hours, by placing the lower stems in water. Once conditioned, you will need to rinse the stems well, but carefully in fresh water. You can see the discolouration of the water once they have been taken out.

Keep them cool until required for your design.

Cocktail sticks inserted into the base of the stem can be inserted as support before adding to foam displays, where they can be mixed with other flowers.

N.B. Also the daffodil bulbs are very poisonous should never be consumed.


Pancake day


We donít usually have a workshop this month but as we canít meet for a demonstration, you might like to have a go at this seasonal arrangement.


Small frying pan or omelette pan.

Plastic dish

Pin holder if you have one,



A bunch of daffodils.

1 stem of gypsophila

Foliage such as euonymous and ivy



Place the pin holder in the dish secured with some oasis fix

Cut small pieces of soaked oasis and pack them around the pin holder in a ring.

Put the dish with the pin holder into the frying pan.

Arrange the daffodils on the pin holder (cut the stems straight at the ends and not on a slant so that they hold on to the pins.

Add the gypsophila to look like foam and cover the oasis with the foliage.

Arrange the lemons to give weight at the base, and add accessories like the spoon and the whisks.

Enjoy your pancakes!

Enjoy your display.

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