Hooray Christmas is nearly here! So on this month tutorial with Emma from A Quiet Style we decorated her mantelpiece with Cyclamen plants, ivory church candles, gathered Ivy and some Rosemary for scent.
Christmas is a great excuse to do something big and lavish in your home with flowers, but ideally it needs to last over the whole festive period, my solution is flowering plants. There really are so many plants and bulbs to choose from over the winter months. From the flamboyant Amaryllis, the heady scented Hyacinths and Paperwights, also little potted Rosebushes which you can pick up from the dreaded petrol garage; to one of my favourite plants the Cyclamen.
Cyclamen always remind me of little dancing fairies. They are so delicate and fresh looking but with a little looking after (remember to always buy the indoor tolerant variety) they will flower for 6 to 8 weeks.
Care tips for Cyclamen:
Cyclamen don’t like too much water, so once a week pop them into a tray with 1cm of water and leave them for a good couple of hours or overnight to have a good drink. Let them drain off the excess water and pop them back into their container or saucer you’re displaying them in.
Position them in a nice light room but not in direct sunlight.
They’ll be happy at room temperature, but don’t like getting too hot or too cold. So don’t sit them above a radiator or in a chilly porch.
If you’re thinking about your upcoming party, Christmas or Wedding why not include some flowering plants in the event and remember to visit A Quiet Style blog to read about how we have created this lavish but simple Christmas mantelpiece arrangement.