Make a door wreath
PUBLISHED: 13:13 11 December 2009 | UPDATED: 16:25 20 February 2013
Julie Bates, silk flower specialist, creates a decoration that will last all Christmas.
The festive season is a wonderful time of year in the floristry calendar, and the part that flowers can play at this magical time is substantial from dressing the table to decking the hall.
While holly, ivy, mistletoe and poinsettia are the traditional blooms which spring to mind at Christmas, something to consider perhaps for the first time is the concept of silk flowers. Not only economical and maintenance free, the art of artificial flowers is truly versatile and nowadays you will be pushed to spot a real bud from a fake. Julie Bates, founder of Peony, the family-run silk flower company based at Ruckley near Shifnal, draws inspiration from the businesss stunning surroundings to create lovely decorations.
She says: Christmas is a fantastic time of year but it is also manic for most people. The idea of having, for example, a beautiful dining room centre piece which requires no watering and doesnt shed leaves or petals is very appealing. Whats more, these displays can be used year after year and will remain as striking as ever. A wreath is an example of how to get crafty for Christmas. Here Julie shares her tips for creating an imaginative door decoration.
Julies mother Margaret Ashbourne illustrates her own passion for silk flowers with her book, Forever Flowers, published by Jacqui Small. www.peonydirect.co.uk