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The Flower Fix presents wild inspiration and modern arrangements by Swallows and Damsons florist Anna Potter, with beautiful photography by India Hobson.
Blousy blooms, speckled branches, rich foliage, and delicate petals; nature has the power to inspire and energize, calm and soothe, focus and still. Anna has harnessed this magic with 26 tailor-made combinations of flowers to bring a floral boost to your home, no matter what your mood.
With easy-to-find seasonal blooms, found items such as twigs and dried fruit, and any assortment of containers, discover how simple it is to bring a little bit of nature’s mystery into the everyday. Spanning all seasons and including both larger installations and smaller, simpler projects, there is something for anyone looking to play, experiment, and create atmosphere with flowers.
Get your daily flower fix with these and more inspiring arrangements:
- Inspire Playfulness is a spring arrangement to bring joy, featuring lilac, roses, ranunculus, poppy, narcissi, and forget-me-nots.
- Flowers for Gratitude is a mix of summer’s bounty to inspire thankfulness, including garden rose, daucus, echinacea, and chocolate sunflower.
- Find Beauty in the Everyday is a colorful arrangement to bring a fresh perspective, featuring autumn foliage, hydrangea, dahlia, crab apple, and rosehip.
- The Shape of Self-Expression is a circular wreath design to express individuality, with holly, lamb’s ear, yellow holly berries, twigs and dried seedheads, and ivy berries.
Each project lists the equipment, flowers, and foliage needed to start the project along with step-by-step instructions. You’ll also find a guide to basic flower arranging; notes on color palettes and how to use color; and a flower glossary listing the color, seasonal availability, and vase life of each flower.
Be led by the flowers, foliage, stems, follow their shapes and form, feel their weight and heft to create versions of these gorgeous arrangements that are uniquely your own.
Anna Potter is the florist behind the flower shop Swallows and Damsons, based in Sheffield and popular on Instagram (swallowsanddamsons). Her style of arranging has a luxe and wild feel that uses containers of all sorts and moves beyond the confines of blooms in her decoration—incorporating foliage, fruit and vegetables, sea shells, and most things that grow out of the ground.
India Hobson is a UK based editorial, lifestyle and still life photographer, and one half of Haarkon. Haarkon published their first book, Glasshouse Greenhouse, in 2018. India has enjoyed a creative partnership with Swallows & Damsons for a number of years, working with Anna Potter to develop their signature style.
"In her first, photograph-packed book, Sheffield, England flower-shop owner Potter teaches the how-to’s of what she calls “the slow flower movement,” gathering stems and posies to create more of a relaxed, subtle, Dutch Masters’ effect." - Booklist—ALA
"We’ve long admired Anna’s way with flowers (especially when she reminds us that even a staircase can be the perfect place to install something floral and dramatic) and we’re all just so happy to see her incredible style turned into something we can bring home." - Design*Sponge
“The new old way to relax” - The Irish Times
“Take time out from life’s daily chaos with a soothing dose of mindful flower arranging.” - Period Living
“Offers 26 floral projects to inspire wellbeing in the home.” - Real Homes
“Offering easy to follow tutorials on how to create a series of stunning bouquets.” - Gardens Illustrated
“Nature lovers will delight in Anna Potter’s new book, The Flower Fix, where the founder of Swallows and Damsons shows off her skills to great effect.” - Crafts Beautiful
“Captures the mood boosting power of flowers with ideas for nature-led displays, plus instructions on the mindful process of arranging the materials.” - Country Living
“A sumptuous guide to modern flower arranging, with 26 season spanning projects.” - House & Garden
“In this dreamy book, Potter shares 26 floral projects to invite wellbeing, calm and beauty into the home.” - Psychologies
"With stunning photography by India Hobson, the 26 projects may inspire you to try them yourself and bring the outside in for spring." - WI Life
“...the gorgeous, seemingly effortless aesthetic Potter lays out in her well-stocked compendium should appeal to design-minded, Instagram-savvy readers.” - Publisher's Weekly
"Hone your inner florist to create thoroughly modern arrangements and posies." - Wedding Ideas
"Details the wide range of benefits that come from filling your space with blossoms." - Healthista
"A study in living at a slower pace, Anna Potter’s gorgeous coffee table guide The Flower Fix uses floral arrangements to revive interiors and soothe the spirit." - Foreword Review