One of the things I love about writing about interiors is that I get to meet such creative and innovative people. It was London Design Week a few weeks ago at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, a place I’d always wanted to visit. I booked myself on to Philippa Craddock’s workshop on flower arranging. I’ve put together some of her great tips to keep your flower arrangements looking fresh for longer.
Philippa’s choice of flowers and colour schemes are just so beautiful I can’t wait to see if I can re-create at least some of her styling ideas. I’ll start with her practical advice.
- Buy supermarket flowers as they are inexpensive and good quality and often fresher than you think.
- When you get your flowers home if you’ve got the time ideally it’s best to let the flowers rest for around five days before you need them for a special occasion to let them fully open.
- Prepare the flower stems by removing any foliage and leaves from the stems, allowing the flowers to breathe.
- Always cut the stems at an angle before you start arranging them. If the stems are cut an angle the flowers have more surface area to draw up water to keep them hydrated.
- I know it’s a bit of a pain but try to change the water in your vase everyday to keep the blooms fresh.
- Try adding a few drops of bleach to the vase of flowers. It will stop the bacteria building up that gives you the green slim that can build up especially in a glass vase.
- When any of your flowers start to wither take them out as soon as you spot them. They pull the life out of the other flowers around them.
- If you can keep your flower arrangements out of direct sunlight during the day but somewhere warm so the flowers can open up.
- And a night move them somewhere cooler, maybe a conservatory or utility room away from the central heating that drains the moisture.
- Lastly, keep an eye on the bottom of your stems and if you see them growing over snip the ends off again to allow the water up the stem.
Happy flower arranging.
Thanks to Philippa Craddock Flowers for her advice and use of her photographs.