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Amaryllis

Amaryllis, the queen of flowers

Are you in desperate need of a pop of colour this winter? Or maybe you need an interesting flower that can hold its own in an arrangement? Look no further because the Amaryllis is here, and it is the typical flower for December.

Bulbs and baubles

Although this flower maybe a bit to heavy for your tree, the shape of the bulb reminds us of Christmas baubles. This flower grows out of a giant bulb and can very well survive on its own in a beautiful vase without water. The petals are beautiful and velvet-like and come in many different colours like white, red, pink, purple and orange. Dubbed ‘the naked lady’ in the US, this flower does not have any leaves, just a giant smooth stem. There are more than 150 different species of amaryllis, so you have enough to choose from. The also have different shaped petals, from round to narrow. Experiment with the amazing and versatile flower!

Symbolic

The amaryllis is symbol of rare beauty. Because they are so large and tower over the other flowers, they are sometimes the symbol of pride. In Victorian times they were the symbol for proud and beautiful ladies. They seem to say: if you got it, flaunt it!

Centrepiece of attention

To not draw away too much attention away from the Christmas tree, it is wise to keep the use of flowers to a minimum and just go for one amazing flower, like the amaryllis. It might sound a bit crazy, but the amaryllis is a flower that does very well, upside down! Because the stems are wide and hollow, you can fill the stem with water and they become their own vase. Why not create a beautiful centrepiece with upside down amaryllises attached to a branch?

Poisonous

Just be a little bit careful with these babies, because the flowers and bulbs are poisonous to people and humans, keep them away from curious paws!

Blooming Christmas

Wishing you a blooming good Christmas!

Christmas is almost here, and what a wonderful time it is! It is the time of lights and warm smells and Christmas trees and lots of snow. But did you know you can use flowers in your Christmas decorations as well? And we are not just talking about the good old Poinsettia! Read our holiday tips below.

Roses in your Tree

Why not put your favourite flower in your Christmas tree? You’ll need a lot of roses in your favourite colours and maybe some foliage to add to the tree as well, and iron wire, to attach the roses to the tree. Make sure you leave a little bit of stem to attach the roses with the wire to the tree and voila, beautiful, scented flowers and a Christmas tree people remember! Use glass tubes with water to attach to the tree if you want the roses to keep a bit longer.

Candy Cane vase

Is there anything that puts you in a more festive mood than candy canes? With their red and white stripes these peppermint snacks are the highlight of Christmas. And they make amazing decorations too! All you need is a few of these candies, a rubber band and a vase. Tie the rubber band around the vase and stick the candy canes in the rubber band, with the curve either at the top, or at the bottom. If you want to hide the rubber band you can tie a ribbon over it once you are done. Perfect for all your Christmas bouquets!

Happy Holly!

Looking for something festive but not too festive? Holly, or Ilex is the way to go. These wonderful bright red berries go well in a vase alone, or bring just that festive touch to your flower arrangements and bouquets. It is a real crowd-pleaser.

Follow your nose

Christmas is also a holiday of smells. Winter invokes the warmth of inside, the twinkling of the lights and crisp snowy mornings. But also, smells: the cinnamon smells of gluhwein and glögg, the citrus smells of the dinner table and of course the scent of pine tree and holly. Add these to your flower arrangements; cinnamon sticks, dried oranges, cloves and pine tree for a wonderful aroma of smells that say: Christmas is here!

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