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VIDEO: 4 ways to brighten up February

Updated: Feb 5

Watch this month’s video for three ways to brighten up your home using fresh flowers, plus a suggestion to add some colour to your grey and muddy garden right now.


Read on after the clip for more details and tips…





1. Embrace Anemones:

  • Anemones are in season right now, so seek them out at your local florist or wholesaler. They are much more interesting than commercially grown red roses. Anemones come in an array of candy pop colours as well as cool, icy white, so there is something to suit every taste.

  • Remember that anemones transform from tight buds to glorious blooms, so don’t be disappointed when you first pick them up and they’re not up to much!

  • Anemones are capricious flowers, so make sure they are plunged into water as quickly as possible and enjoy the show! If you place them in warm water the petals will open quickly.

White anemone
Image credit: flowerbx

2. Have fun with Mimosa:

  • If you’re lucky enough to have a mimosa tree in your garden, get snipping! If not, and you fancy having one at home, I found a reasonably priced one here.

  • The yellow pompoms of a mimosa tree are so cheering at this time of the year and they smell sweetly fragrant too.

  • Try bringing mimosa pom-poms into your home, arranging in a vase or have a go at creating a Mimosa wreath. I got inspiration from here.

Image credit: Design Soda

3. Make a spring bulb terrarium:

  • Lots of spring bulbs turn up in plastic pots, or unsightly ceramic ones that you probably don’t want to keep in the home. Terrariums improve the aesthetic, and they also give your bulbs better support to prevent collapsing stems.

You will need:

  • A vase with a narrow rim

  • Some pebbles

  • Spring bulbs e.g. daffodils, hyacinths, muscari etc., separated and shaken of excess soil

  • Floristry moss

Method

  • Assemble in layers (watch the vid)

  • Water well.

4. Create a temporary bed of flowers

  • We all need some colour in our gardens right now, but if space is an issue, you might not want to give up premium real estate on a bunch of bulbs that you will have to leave to die down and look ugly for a few months.

  • One workaround is to bulk buy small colourful bulbs in pots and position them in a flower bed still in their pots. Cover with soil so that no one will know that you haven't actually planted them!

  • Enjoy the blooms whilst they last. Once they die down, lift out the pots to reveal a clean flower bed with no tangled roots! You now have space for the next round of summer flowers e.g. sweet peas.

tete a tete daffodils
Tete a tete daffodils adding some much needed colour

I hope you find the tips helpful. Do send me pictures if you attempt any of the projects.


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