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Friday, 27 January 2012

Silk Flowers (Red Tulips)

Hello there and welcome to another floral Friday. Today's display is one of my favourites but I might have said that about another display as I am obsessed with arranging silk flowers.

The arrangement below has 40 silk red tulips and 24 hypericum stems with bright red berries to match the frilly tulips.

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I have arranged my tulips and hypericum in a heavy glazed planter simply because I like the drippy, two-tone glazes used on Japanese garden pots.

Red tulips are fabulous and if you are not a silk flower fan, you can buy fresh in most supermarkets. I saw a bunch of 7 red tulips last week for £4. Change the water and trim the stems by half an inch every day and your fresh flowers will last a week.

However, if you wanted to create a similar display to mine, using all everlasting plants, you will need:

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40 silk Parrot tulips

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24 Hypericum stems

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A frost-proof garden pot is a good investment as they won't topple and you can always use them in the garden if you get bored with your display.

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Choose a garden planter, one which is an inch thick and glazed, if you like a heavy pot.

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Place all your stems together and trim the stems if needed. Some fake flowers come with a 30 inch stem so cut them back so they are one and a half times the height of your chosen planter.

*Tip: If your pot is 12 inches tall, trim your 30 inch stems to 18-24 inches. It is good to leave a few tall ones.

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Start your arrangement by adding one berry stem and then two tulips.

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Keep on building your display and just remember the one for you, two for me saying. Add one hypericum stem per two tulips and keep on layering.

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I have used hypericum berries to add dimension and they give the display a depth of texture. By adding a few very tall stems in between the nearly-finished display, you are able to add height but not heaviness.

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One of my finishing hints is to look down right above your display. The arrangement should look like a bouquet and have that 'just picked' feeling to it.

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Your finished planter should look something like this. I have left 7 of the hypericum stems a few inches longer than the rest as I like to add height using the chosen greenery. It reminds me of flag-planting in deep garden borders. Having taller plants in front of smaller shrubs draws the eye back and I love implementing that into my silk flower arrangements.

Have a lovely weekend and do please leave a comment if you love silk flowers. I am available for indoor commissions and I am happy to travel.

Lella  xx

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