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No doubt like many others you will be preparing to deck the halls with boughs of holly and puckering up for a quick kiss under the mistletoe over the next few weeks.

I thought I would take this opportunity of telling you a little of the back stories of these plants which have become synonymous with Christmas.

Mistletoe

Mistletoe is an unusual plant in that it is parasitic. Its seeds are spread by birds that eat its berries. The seeds can get stuck in the beaks of birds and are subsequently wiped off on a new plant, tree or shrub. The mistletoe attaches itself to its new host and proceeds to absorb water and nutrients from it.

I was extremely pleased that we were chosen to provide the flowers for last month’s wedding of England cricketer Ben Stokes and his long term partner Clare Ratcliffe.

The ceremony took place at the delightful 15th Century church of St Mary the Virgin in the village East Brent, where the bride grew up, near Weston Super Mare. The bride looked stunning wearing a white satin gown with sparkling beads and a low cut back and neck and was accompanied by seven bridesmaids and the couple’s two young children.

Incidentally, the church features a wonderfully apt stained glass window of a cricket glove and wicket in tribute to a former vicar, Archdale P Wickham, an unorthodox wicketkeeper for Somerset renowned for distracting opposing batsmen by loudly proclaiming Greek or Latin verse.

Last month I made some suggestions for choosing and preparing your flowers. This time I’ll move on to the arrangement itself.

To start your arrangement you will need a piece of floral foam or a flower frog which serves to keep the stems of your flowers in place. Flower frogs are especially useful if your container is shallow. It keeps the stems away from the edges of the container so that they do not damage your vase. If using floral foam be sure to water the arrangement every day or two.

You next need to consider what shape your arrangement is going to take. Basically it can be horizontal or vertical. Horizontal arrangements require a shallow container. For vertical arrangements ensure your flowers are at least one and a half times the height of your container.

This month in the last of our instalments I will be looking at different types of containers for your flower arrangements and consider how you can care for them.

The obvious vessel for a floral arrangement is a vase or pot and these are perfectly fine. However, you might like to think about something a little more unusual and striking.

Recycled or upcycled containers are very popular these days and suitable items can be sourced at jumble sales, car boot sales or charity shops. As well as vases look for unusual glasses, tins or pitchers. Do ensure they are thoroughly cleaned before you put a display in them, though, as bacteria can infect your flowers.

I love nothing more than seeing a lovely collection of flowers well arranged.  Actually, I might like knowing that I have created that arrangement myself a bit more!

It really is quite straightforward to create a stunning and vibrant display to brighten up your home.  In this serialised blog I will be showing you how it can be done and providing a few tips and tricks of the trade along the way.

Choosing Your Flowers.  A key here is to take your time over your selection.  Whatever time of year it is, there will be plenty of flowers available in varying sizes, shapes and colours.

Think about what would look good with your décor.  Also consider the fragrance of your selection and look to include some greenery for contrast.

 
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