Floribunda is the most colourful of the Annie Sloan with Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Decoupage Papers. These exuberant, joyful, ostentatious blooms have been created by collaging the work of numerous painters; inparticular the illustrations of Caroline Maria Applebee (born inLondon in 1799) and Graham StuartThomas (1909 – 2003). Annie transposed various stems to create this concupiscent bouquet, which flourishes against a backdrop of Napoleonic Blue (available as both Chalk Paint® and Annie Sloan Wall Paint).
Caroline Maria Applebee appears to have been the daughter of a wealthy middle-class family who owned conservatories and greenhouses (thereby providing access to the plants and flowers Caroline painted). Graham Stuart Thomas was apartner at Sunningdale Nurseries in the mid1940s and Gardens Advisor to the NationalTrust from 1955. In the 1960s he wasawarded the RHS’s Veitch Memorial Medal and theVictoria Medal of Honour. Made an OBE in1975, Graham Stuart Thomas is recognisedas a horticulturist, rosarian, writer andartist.