5 ways to be festive with flowers on Christmas Day
This Christmas, take a break from the expected and adorn your home with fresh blooms used in fresh ways. They'll make your home smell delicious, and inject some bright, summery hues.
ON THE DOOR
Do you have guests coming around Christmas morning? Welcome them with colourful floral wreath on the door made that morning from freshly picked blooms.
To make the wreath, start with fresh twigs twisted into a circle. Add foliage first and then flowers attached to tiny balls of floral foam (to keep them fresh) and wired onto the base (to keep them in place).
Garden picked flowers and foliage will have more life to them. Don't try to make it perfect: a fresh casual display says "welcome" more than a rigidly uniform one.
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ON THE CHRISTMAS TREE
If you bought your tree early in December, odds are that it's looking a little droopy now.
Some fresh flowers, ideally placed in small test tubes with water for prolonged freshness, inserted in between the branches will give your tree an instant up-lift.
ON THE PLATE
Stuck for a decorating idea to put on your Christmas table? Make these mini wreaths to place on each plate.
To make, simply twist twigs into a circle, and then put them in a bowl or bucket to hold their shape. Once they're dry, place on the plate and tuck flowers and foliage in between the twigs.
FREEZE IN ICE
Why not make your Christmas Day tipple extra pretty: edible flowers or herbs frozen in ice cubes are a sweet addition to any drink, or as a centrepiece in an ice-bucket.
To make, place one or two flowers with water in ice-cube trays and allow to freeze.
MIX FLOWERS WITH FRUIT
A large floral arrangement is a beautiful centrepiece for your Christmas table.
To achieve, simply place some floral foam in a shallow vase, add foliage from the garden first and cover the entire base with it, then add flowers.
For something a little bit different and interesting add fruit on wire or skewers into the arrangement. Citrus will also add some fragrance.