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  • Vase
    Vase

    Keeping flowers fresh

    The key to keeping flowers fresh for as long as possible is clean water, and the water in your vases should be refreshed every two to three days. In place of flower food, dissolve a drop of bleach and a pinch of sugar in warm water in a small dish and add this to the water.

  • Arranging flowers in a vase
    Arranging flowers in a vase

    Arranging flowers in a vase

    Personalise your bouquets by adding extra foliage or wild flowers from your garden. Seasonal fruits, such as lychees and pears, are a lovely touch – simply stick them onto thin wire and tuck into the centre of the bouquet.

How to prepare the perfect floral display

  • Flower masterclass with Jamie Aston
    Flower masterclass with Jamie Aston

    Step 1

    Prepare your flowers by removing the lower leaves from the stems – it helps to have a bucket or bin handy at this stage.

  • Flower masterclass with Jamie Aston
    Flower masterclass with Jamie Aston

    Step 2

    Cut the stems to the right length, leaving them just higher than your vase. Cutting the stems at an angle can increase the life of the flowers. 

  • Flower masterclass with Jamie Aston
    Flower masterclass with Jamie Aston

    Step 3

    Lay the stems across your palm and spiral the flowers in the same direction. This creates a polished look and protects any softer stems.

  • Flower masterclass with Jamie Aston
    Flower masterclass with Jamie Aston

    Step 4

    Tie the bouquet using garden twine – this puts less pressure on the stems. For ease, cut a length of twine before you start so you have it to hand.

  • Flower masterclass with Jamie Aston
    Flower masterclass with Jamie Aston

    Step 5

    Arrange more than one bunch together in the same vase for maximum impact. If you’re using a transparent vase, you can use leftover or garden foliage to fill it.