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Christmas special Issue 27

Come to France through the pages of The Good Life France Magazine... Discover: Provence, the hidden gems and most beautiful villages, French Alps, UNESCO listed Rocamadour... recipes and giveways, guides and an interview with international best-selling Kate Mosse who shares her favourite places in France...

Christmas bouquet Chenonceau

Above: Jean-Francois and Aurelie, the fabulous floral team at the Chateau de Chenonceau; left how to create a ribbon corsage What you need: Flowers and foliage Ribbon String to tie the bouquet, wire to hold the Tartan style ribbon or other pretty ribbon. Flowers used by Chenonceau Ruscus aculeatus – known as Butchers broom. Perfect for its dark green leaves and red berries Rose hips, for an extra colour zing Skimmia or other ornamental shrub with small berries Roses Select your roses and foliage and lay them out so you can see the colours together. Choose your vase first so you can cut the stems of the finished bouquet to fit. Make 8 loops with the ribbon to create a loose bow look (corsage style). Make the first loop, pinch and twist, then start another loop, pinch and twist until you have them all, then hold it together with wire in the centre. Alternate the flowers and foliage until you’re happy with the arrangement. Try to form a round shape by squeezing the flowers together. Tie them together and insert the wired bows to the arrangement and fluff up the loops. Create a large bouquet for your Christmas table or several little round bouquet for a long table. Read about the Chateau of Chenonceau - the castle of flowers... Readers in UK can really up their Christmas wreath-making game with the fun and fabulous online tutorials - including craft boxes sent to you - at

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