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Anemone, Honesty and Old Man's Beard

by Paddi Clark


Practise your flower-making skills with this contemporary arrangement including Japanese anemone.

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The beautiful, striking Japanese anemone starts flowering in late summer and continues into the autumn. Its colours range from a gentle white to various shades of pink through to cerise. Here it is teamed with Honesty, which makes a wonderful display for the floral artist. Its seed heads are lovely, flat, silver discs which add lightness to the arrangement. Completing the ensemble is Clematis vitalba, also fondly known as Traveller’s Joy and Old Man’s Beard.


  1. Japanese Anemone
    Find out how to make the stamens from cotton as well as the seed heads, petals, leaves and buds then attach them to stems for a realistic look.
  2. Lunaria Annua ‘Honesty’
    Learn how to make the beautifully translucent Honesty seed heads using gelatine.
  3. Old Man’s Beard
    Use embroidery silk to create the characteristic tufts of this shrub, adding leaves and twisted branches.
  4. Arrangement
    Discover how to put the flowers together for an attractive arrangement.

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Featured in Autumn 2012 issue

Project by Paddi Clark

Paddi Clark

author of Anemone, Honesty and Old Man's Beard

Squires Kitchen’s Senior Tutor, Paddi Clark, is one of the UK’s leading figures in sugarcraft and is a proficient and qualified teacher. Paddi always strives to study, design and develop new techniques and skills, which enables her to continue to be creative at the top and forefront of her profession. She is a popular tutor and demonstrator both in the UK and overseas, and has won various medals and awards for her work. A qualified teacher, Paddi has taught all the certification courses of the governing bodies in the related sugarcraft and cake decoration areas. Paddi is a founder member of Taste of Art and is also the author of the popular books, Sugar Flowers for Beginners and More Sugar Flowers for Beginners (B. Dutton Publishing Ltd).