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ciao, bella!

ciao, bella!

i’m not someone who usually has flowers in the home, given my predisposition to kill any plant placed in my care within a matter of days, however i was recently sent two beautiful bella vases from dartington crystal and, feeling it unjust to deprive them of their proper adornment,  turned to my lovely friend rona – aka flowerona – for some much-needed floristry advice.

for those of you who don’t know her, rona is an inspirational and multi-award-winning flower blogger, freelance flower writer and social media trainer for florists. if you have any questions at all when it comes to floristy, rona is your gal! when i told her about my new vases she suggested that i would need quite tall flowers given their height, and suggested i take the vases in to my local florist to help me make my selection. she also told me it would be best to have an odd number of stems in each vase, whether i opted for flowers or flower ‘alternatives’.

she gave me a number of suggestions to consider; roses, dahlias, chrysanthemum blooms, delphiniums, lisianthus, agapanthus, alliums if i wanted blooms in my display, or alternatives such as kangaroo paw, poppy seed heads, snowberry, black dill or berries. in the end i chose a single pale vintage hydrangea flower for the shorter, stouter bella vase and five stems of blue monkshood for the taller indigo vase.

i don’t have a huge number of options for displaying vases in my home, so my best bet was to rearrange the mantel above the fireplace and position the vases together at one end, surrounded by a few new candles and holders – the københavn urban bliss candle i picked up on my recent trip to copenhagen, while the east wick no. 10 candle came from unlimited shop in brighton. i also balanced the display with a few sprigs of gypsophila in a small glass vase wrapped with black plaited leather (from life story in edinburgh) at the opposite end of the mantelpiece.

what do you think on my little display? i have to say i’m quite chuffed with it! all i have to do is keep the blooms alive for more than a few days – thankfully this little video has a handful of helpful tips to see me through…


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  1. vicki

    4 October

    So pretty! love the vases :) x

    • kate

      19 October

      Thanks so much Vicki xx

  2. Arianna

    19 October

    Gorgeous styling hun and love the vases! Of course the title was an instant winner for me ;) x

    • kate

      19 October

      Of course it was my blonde bella ;)

  3. Pippa Jameson

    19 October

    Loving the vases! Such pretty styling Kate and great choice of flowers. xx

    • kate

      19 October

      Ahh, thanks so much Pips – all down to Rona’s expert advice really :)

  4. Stacey Sheppard

    19 October

    Those vases are really nice and I love the display you created kate. I’m the same with flowers and plants, everything dies :-( x

    • kate

      19 October

      Thanks so much Stacey!

      I have to say I’m surprised that the hydrangeas have lasted so long in my home – 2 weeks and counting, must be some kind of record!! :)

  5. KAREN JONES

    19 October

    Lovely photographs and my favourite flower – the Hydrangea. I’m with you on the killing plants but I do love to flowers around the house x

  6. Stephanie

    19 October

    I think those vases are really pretty, you did great with your styling too. It looks really nice.

  7. Sue

    19 October

    Dried flowers are the way forward… You sound just like me in the green fingered department, I’ve hung some hydrangeas upside down in my hall to dry out. This way they last AGES!!

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