A TALENTED florist from Dorchester is enjoying the sweet smell of success again after coming up roses at the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Peter Hart enjoyed medal success at the event for a second year running, with his skills in the circus themed competition impressing the judges.

Competitors were selected for the competition after judges assessed their design sketches and Peter said he was ‘thrilled’ just to go through.

He had to create five pieces of floristry.

These included a wall hanging, a wired bouquet, a planted arrangement, a floral arrangement and a floral mask.

Peter said: “I was particularly pleased with the floral mask which received some really positive feedback from the RHS judges.”

Peter spent a full day preparing his designs and said he was pleasantly surprised to receive the silver gilt award given the incredibly high standard of the competition.

The announcement of the award came the day after the opening of the floristry marquee while Peter was actually taking his level four theory exam. He said it came as a ‘lovely surprise afterwards’.

Last year, Peter, who has been studying for his level four qualification at the Academy of Floristry based in Bournemouth, came away with the gold award after his combined effort with other students wowed the judges in a 1950s vintage themed competition.

There was no resting on his laurels though as Peter immediately had to turn his attention to his recently rebranded business with the busy wedding season in full flow.

He said: “There was no time to rest however, and it was back to my own business Peter Hart Floral Design, preparing for my practical exam the following week and planning for another competition in August against international designers, which the judges strongly urged me to enter.” To find out more, visit peterhartfloraldesign.