Faking it is becoming extremely popular. Fresh off the wave of all the (allegedly) easy-to-care for cactus and succulents, we’re embracing the longevity of fake flowers. All you need to do is arrange your florals once and (other than a quick dust every so often) hey presto, a low-maintenance, constant floral display all year round.
Now to fool all my guests I put my faux stems in water. Obviously they don’t need the H2O, they are artificial after all but a vase of empty liquid is a sure-fire way for people to guess you are faking it. I’m not necessarily advocating you choose to go down this route. Artificial florals often have wires inside to add structure which can corrode in the water so do change regularly or alternatively opt for an opaque vessel rather than clear.
Let’s face it, silk flowers used to be a bit naff, but these days they are getting so realistic. When I’m choosing my own fake stems I always have a good old gander at the leaves as sometimes they are huge and completely at odds with Mother Nature’s real-life version. If you fancy getting your hands on your own then below I’ve listed a few stores to help you on your way.
The hydrangeas in the image above from HomeSense and were such a bargain at £2.99 a stem. My local store has oodles and oodles of artificial stems on display ranging from orchids right through to roses.
Abigail’s faux blooms are for those who embrace a ‘free form style with a just picked from the hedgerow softness.’
You can have ranunculus in autumn and peonies in winter if you pick from Abigail Ahern’s large range. I was in a local interiors shop recently and they had a large stock of these flowers and I can vouch they were extremely lifelike.
Not on the High Street
To keep cherry blossom in bloom all year round then do take a look at Not On The High Street. There’s a wide selection of stems available from various sellers, however I’m a big fan of Mia Fleur’s Pussy Willow and my eye was also drawn to the cherry blossom sprig from Forest & Co.
Cox and Cox
Cox and Cox have really increased their faux offering recently. They have a lot of plants too and I’m considering ordering their concrete potted fern as I can’t manage to keep my own alive.
Are you faking it too? Any places you’d like to suggest for picking up artificial flowers?