Flower & Plants: Gifts That Keep Giving
From faux flowers that are forever in bloom to real plants that need a little TLC, our green stemmed friends make welcome presents at any time of the year. With the continuation of lockdowns and rules galore, being able to bring a touch of the outdoors into our homes is a welcome treat for our wellbeing, and there are so many options to choose from! Whether you’re buying a present for a friend, family member or yourself we have a few hints to help you on your way.
How to create a floral bouquet
Celebrating special occasions with the gift of flowers is a time-honoured tradition, but seeing those beautiful blooms go from extravagant to wilted is always a bit sad. Cue our obsession with faux flowers!
Artificial flowers are a great way to create the same gorgeous visual impact of a natural bouquet with a much longer lifespan and none of the mess, so we’re swapping our for-real flowers for faux instead. While we’re at it, we thought we’d learn how to create and wrap a bouquet too!
Whether it’s a rose-rich arrangement for Valentine’s Day, pretty peonies for Mother’s Day, lavish lilies to say good luck, or a twist of tulips to say thank you, knowing how to give your bunch a florist’s flourish will always stand you in good stead.
How to create a faux flower bouquet:
- Arrange the flowers into a bunch, adjusting the heights and shape until you’re happy with it from all angles.
- Trim the bottoms of the stems to a similar length using a pair of wire cutters.
- Secure the arrangement using a piece of string, and place to one side.
- Cut the paper into a rectangle and fold.
- Place the bouquet into the middle of the paper and wrap it around on both sides.
- Tie the paper in place with a piece of string.
- Cut another piece of paper and place the bouquet in the middle
- Wrap the paper around on both sides again, and secure this piece with a final piece of string.
And some final tips:
- If you’re not sure where to start, choose a flower for the centre and build the bouquet out from there.
- Faux flowers can sometimes be fused together in bunches or have foliage that sticks out in unwanted places, but they’re really easy to snip apart or remove with wire cutters.
- Vary your heights, and colours if you’re making a mixed bouquet.
- Turn the bouquet in your hand to see how the arrangement looks from all angles.
- Artificial flowers usually have a wire in the stem, so you can use this to bend the flower heads into position if needed. A few different angles will give your bouquet a more natural look.
- When wrapping your beautiful bouquet, why not try out recyclable wrapping paper for a fuss-free alternative?
Real plants, real benefits
Giving that someone special the gift of a leafy friend isn’t just a lovely way to show you care, but it’s also a pressie that comes with some hidden benefits you might not know about. To start with, they’re beautiful to look at, often only require a little TLC and can spruce up any surface in your home, but look closer and there’s more. Our clever green buddies help to purify the air, smart right? They also help to improve your mood, lower stress and anxiety and sharpen your focus. We’ve got a fantastic range of potted wonders that will be a gift that keeps giving.
The Snake Plant – also known as the mother in-law’s tongue - is particularly skilled at emitting oxygen and filtering toxins from the air. For a better state of mind, both fresh and dry jasmine not only smells delightfully sweet, but can also help you get better quality of sleep and calm your mood. If you’re looking to gift a plant that is easy to maintain, lovely to look at and safe for furry four-legged friends, the spider plant is the perfect choice. The lustrous Boston fern is thought to be one of the best plants for air purifying and also improves humidity by helping to naturally restore moisture - not only that, but it is also said to ease dry skin and irritated noses and throats. If you want to gift a leafy friend to first time plant-parent, the well-known rubber plant scores high for less green-fingered folk and has a resistance to pests and diseases which gets top marks for a fuss-free plant.