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Fill your home with festive floral cheer

By Sarah
12th December 2016

I was shocked to read the Poinsettia - one of THE symbols of Christmas - had fallen out of favour last year, overtaken by hyacinths and orchids. So let’s get it back in our homes for the festivities! For a striking mantelpiece display, pop a single Poinsettia bract into a coloured-glass Mason jar or some glitzy gold Mason jars and it will look perfectly festive. Or go vintage with one or two flowers in a teacup and saucer - you can usually pick up pretty bargains in charity shops for an attractive table decoration.

If you want to keep your Poinsettia as a plant, Yours magazine suggests wrapping an old scarf secured with coloured string around your pot and add pine cones and wooden stars to the arrangement. For a challenge, why not try keeping it going until next Christmas. take a look at our gorgeously Festive Poinsettia.

If you want to keep your Poinsettia as a plant, Yours magazine suggests wrapping an old scarf secured with coloured string around your pot and add pine cones and wooden stars to the arrangement. For a challenge, why not try keeping it going until next Christmas - take a look at our gorgeously Festive Poinsettia.

The Christmas cactus is apparently enjoying a resurgence after being out in the festive desert for the past few years. I picked up this trend after spotting a display of these in my local garden centre last year. And unlike some plants, it’s not just for Christmas - it will happily flower year after year.

Another favourite is the Amaryllis heralding Christmas with its scarlet, white, or stripy trumpets. I love that you never fail with this bulb (as I do with other pot plants!). Simply pop it in compost and nature does the rest. Get it growing as soon as possible so it flowers over the festive period.

For an easy but eye-catching centrepiece, float red Gerbera flower heads or Christmas rose petals in a bowl with floating candles. You can get also get creative with our Prima Create at Home Christmas Kit. You get the flowers, cones, berries, ribbon and basket and simple step-by-step instructions - and a beautiful arrangement in next to no time! Take a look at this gorgeous centrepiece being created by our talented designer and Gaby, the editor of Prima magazine.

For an easy but eye-catching centrepiece, float red Gerbera flower heads or Christmas rose petals in a bowl with floating candles. You can get also get creative with our Prima Create at Home Christmas Kit. You get the flowers, cones, berries, ribbon and basket and simple step-by-step instructions - and a beautiful arrangement in next to no time! Take a look at this gorgeous centrepiece being created by our talented designer and Gaby, the editor of Prima magazine.

Ivy is ideal for stringing up indoors. Drape it over mantelpieces, picture frames and mirrors for a simple, but effective festive look. Another decor idea is to pop some berry branches from the garden into vases and recycled wine bottles. I noticed on a recent visit to Norfolk that old-fashioned school milk bottles are in most gift shops and you can pick up a carry crate from most good household stores.

For a rustic door wreath I love Kirstie Allsop’s idea of gathering branches of heady rosemary and lavender bound together with rose hips, wire and a striking ribbon. If you want to go traditional, pick up an artificial Christmas Frost Wreath which can be hung on your door or add a candle for a table decoration. And Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a kiss under the mistletoe, so pin up a bunch and pucker up!

For a rustic door wreath I love Kirstie Allsop’s idea of gathering branches of heady rosemary and lavender bound together with rose hips, wire and a striking ribbon. If you want to go traditional, pick up an artificial Christmas Frost Wreath which can be hung on your door or add a candle for a table decoration. And Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a kiss under the mistletoe, so pin up a bunch and pucker up!

One thing to be aware of is that Christmas plants like mistletoe, amaryllis and holly may look pretty, but they are poisonous to cats and dogs - so keep them out of reach of your four-legged friends! Happy Flower Power Christmas!

Sources: Kirstie’s Handmade Home, Pets at Home, Yours.co.uk

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