Inspirational Christmas flower arrangement by florist Simon Lycett

Simon_Lycett_Spirit_of_Christmas I hope you enjoyed last week's blog post where florist Simon Lycett created a beautiful Christmas door wreath. 

Today's post features him making an inspirational Christmas flower arrangement at the Spirit of Christmas Fair.

He started off with four soaked blocks of floral foam in a dish.  On top, he secured two inch chicken wire mesh to prevent the foam from breaking up when the flowers and foliage were inserted.

He then added berried ivy, plus black tie leaves which had been bent over into a loop and secured with wire.

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Next, he added ilex and burgundy carnations, plus Grand Prix and Black Baccara roses. 

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To add an alternative texture and a little kick of green, he inserted amaranthus, also known as love-lies-bleeding. 

A ripple of laughter went through the audience when he described it as 'floral dreadlocks'.  A perfect description!

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Then, into the centre of the design, he placed black, sparkly birch twigs.

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Beautiful gloriosa lilies were then inserted to add softness...

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Followed by sparkly purple polystyrene baubles on sticks and vibrant pink phalaenopsis orchids.

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Simon said that it's very important to him how his arrangements are staged.

So, the whole design was then lifted on top of a black vase, which was on top of a perspex cube.  Black tea lights were placed around the base and black beaded 'pendulum' decorations were also added.

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I'm sure you'll agree that it's a floral arrangement with a real 'wow' factor.  Simon suggested that it would be the perfect addition to a big buffet table this Christmas.

(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)