FRESH from their success at the Chelsea Flower Show, two talented Island florists are hoping to reach the finals of a national competition.

Jordan Knight and Kara Halford, who own J&K Floral Designs, an online and delivery business based in Gurnard, took part in the WorldSkills UK Floristry Competition earlier this month.

They came second in their qualifying event and are now awaiting the results of further qualifiers, due to be announced in September, to see if they have made the final.

The floral design competition challenged participants to make handbag corsages prior to the qualifying event.

They were then supplied with materials for two other tasks set on the day. Jordan and Kara were asked to design a floral arrangement for the foyer of an art exhibit, and create a hand-tied gift for the artist in residence.

Jordan said: "It was a tough competition. We were really put on the spot because we could only decide what to make after we find out what the materials were."

Kara, 21, and Jordan, 23, recently reigned victorious at both Chelsea and the Young Florist of the Year competition with their beautifully constructed floral crowns.

Kara, who decorated her crown with hypericums, chrysanthemums, and ageratums, won a gold medal, while Jordan was awarded a silver medal — despite it being her first show.

Her crown was made with orchids, kalanchoes, sedums and chincharies.