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MAKE IT YOURSELF: How to create a charming arrangement using succulents




The team at Flowers 'n' Things in Red Lion Street, Spalding, show us how to make a spring centrepiece:

Succulents are very popular at the moment; they’re generally a great choice for people who struggle to keep house plants healthy. So this March, we’re going to show you how you can create a really fresh spring arrangement featuring succulents!

All you need for this one is: a large dish, gravel, compost, a couple of succulents, some flowers cut from the garden, a small block of oasis wrapped in cellophane, and some moss or pebbled for decoration.

First, it’s time to get into the garden and see what plants you want to use. (7516804)
First, it’s time to get into the garden and see what plants you want to use. (7516804)

First it’s time to get into the garden and see what plants you want to use. We’ve incorporated daffodils, rosemary, grape hyacinths, spray carnations, solidago and craspedia.

When cutting your flowers, it’s best to leave a nice long stem and try to take them in the morning when it’s not too warm. Pop the flowers straight into water while you prepare the pot. The next job is to prep your oasis: wet it through and wrap the underside in cellophane to help keep it moist.

Take your flowers from the garden and arrange them - be sure to trim the stems to the desired length. (7516808)
Take your flowers from the garden and arrange them - be sure to trim the stems to the desired length. (7516808)

You’ll need to ensure there is adequate drainage in your pot, so line the base with gravel before adding in a layer of compost.

You can then lay the oasis on top of the compost near the back. Next we need to add the plants in.

First up, you’ll need to place the succulents in front of the oasis, and then fill around them with more compost to secure them in. Now you can take your flowers from the garden and arrange them - be sure to trim the stems to the desired length, and gently push them into the oasis.

Now it's time to enjoy your creation. (7516817)
Now it's time to enjoy your creation. (7516817)

We’ve also covered over the exposed compost with moss for decoration, but you could also use gravel too. All that’s left to do is find a nice spot for it to sit in and enjoy!

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