Blooming Beautiful Flowers with M&S

A small posy of roses to welcome guests in the hallway

Styling Flowers and how to look after your blooms

Who can resist an evening of Prosecco, good company and masses of beautiful blooms? Not to mention some sound advice on looking after your cut flowers and a masterclass in how to arrange them? Not me, that’s for sure. Which is why I found myself one sunny, summers evening last month attending the M & S Flower Arranging Workshop with a chatty group of other flower fiends.

Use colourul flowers to decorate the table when entertaining

Colourful Tablescapes

The workshop was led by M&S Product Manager and flower expert, Simon Richards who shared with us his tips and tricks, before letting us loose on the most colourful selection of summer flowers I’ve ever seen. First we created our own summer dining arrangements, which was our chance to be as creative as we liked with flower heads, leaves, petals, and a selection of vivid tableware.

Hand tied roses in pink and white

Hand Tied Roses

Next, and this is where it got more technical, we were invited to try our hand at a hand tied bouquet of gorgeous roses. With varying results I might add. But not too bad in the end.

So what did we learn about looking after our flowers at home?

5 Essential Rules for Looking After Your Flowers

1.Do use the little sachets of flower food. They really will prolong the life of your flowers.

2.Cut the bottoms of the stems at an angle. This will increase the uptake of water.

3.Remove all leaves and thorns below the water line as this will introduce bacteria into the water and shorten the life of the flowers.

4.Don’t stand the flowers in direct sunlight. This will also shorten the life of the flowers.

5.If your flowers do wilt prematurely, try immersing them in water up to the flower head for several hours. It just might do the trick at reviving them.

With all this new found knowledge we then gathered up armfuls of blooming beautiful flowers and headed off home to put our skills into practice.

A small posy of roses to welcome guests in the hallway

Roses in the Hall

And what better way to spend a day than arranging flowers all over the house. Putting into practice everything we’d learnt and creating little pockets of loveliness in every single room. To be enjoyed for days and days to come.

Brighten up dark corners with a colourful display of flowers

Gerberas in the Living Room

Add some glamour to the dressing table with some deep pink roses

Roses on the Dressing Table

If you would like toΒ see step-by-step instructions on creating the hand-tied bouquet and how to re-create the table display, visit M&S.

You can see more images from all of the participants on the M&S Pinterest board.

This post was written in collaboration with M&S as part of their ‘Flower Design with M&S’ campaign. All photography is my own.



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    Karen Clough

    August 16, 2016

    Beautiful colours! And great advice πŸ™‚ I did a hand tied flower class not long ago and felt my thumbs got a real workout haha!

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      August 17, 2016

      It’s not easy is it! I couldn’t even work out if I was right or left handed πŸ™‚

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    Fresh Design Blog

    August 16, 2016

    Oh wow, that sounds fun! It looks like you had a good time. Your photos give a great glimpse into what you learnt and it looks like you’ve already put the tips into practice. Gorgeous, colourful gerberas. I’m off to check out the Pinterest board.

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      August 16, 2016

      It was fun Rachel. My house was a bit like a florists the next day too. x

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    Maxine Brady

    August 16, 2016

    I love love love flowers and try and fill my home with a bunch per week – and then do my own little thing to them to make them look less shop bought. I didn’t know the trick about immersing flowers in water up to their heads. That’s a really good one for when I’m trying to salvage flowers on a shoot.

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      August 16, 2016

      I didn’t know that tip either Maxine. Definitely worth trying. x

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    August 15, 2016

    It was lovely to meet you at the event Carole! I love the displays you’ve recreated at home, so fresh and bright xxx

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      August 16, 2016

      Thanks Cate. I love how our two posts are so different. No one would imagine we went to the same event πŸ™‚

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    Karen - Making Spaces

    August 15, 2016

    Love it. The colours are so so good.
    And that Cactus! WHERE is that from? It’s bloody lovely!x

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      August 15, 2016

      The cactus is from Abigail Ahern Karen. I love it. x