Before Christmas I got up at the crack of sparrows and headed off to New Covent Garden Market when it was still very much the night before. If you’ve never been its worth the trip and getting up well before dawn. The place was buzzing as florists were in full Christmas swing. My agenda was to make my house smell nice, to buy some pine wreaths and get some floristry supplies. Two hours later after a cuppa and a bacon buttie I was laden down and ready to head home.
I wouldn’t call myself a florist in fact I do not have any particular skill in that department but it is so easy to have a go – and with good results. In the run up to Christmas I had visitors coming so wanted my house to smell nice and wintry. This is so easily achieved with fresh pine (branches, wreaths, trees) and also with eucalyptus (a personal fave). I bought armfuls of eucalyptus to have in practically every room.
I made the pine wreaths up for doors and tables and they lasted all the way through to New Year. The Hydrangea’s though just couldn’t be left behind – didn’t necessarily need them but they looked so wonderful. They are one of my favourite flowers particularly in the dusty purple, plum and red colour ways.
When it comes to plants in the home though, I’m personally not a big fan. I’ve seen it work well but for me, it’s best done by others. But there were some wonderful examples at NCGM. Equally if you are more dextrous at flower arranging than I am there was an abundance of choice from the simple to the very exotic. I’m an advocate of the single “type” arrangement (just tulips being a fav) – mostly as its impossible to make it look rubbish.