Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
The holiday season is a wonderful opportunity for flower lovers. We can find lots of ways to use florals for holiday decorations.
First, letís look at some suitable flowers for Christmas decorations. Red and white tulips are just ideal. These fit in perfectly with a traditional Christmas color scheme. Pink ones work very well if youíre using them as an accent. This is particularly true if youíre using pastels in your other holiday decorations.
Red anemones make a gorgeous Christmas floral. The colors range from a scarlet to more of a rose-red.
Though amaryllis are traditionally used as a potted plant, these make great cut flowers for Christmas. As with the tulips, they come in a range of colors. For Christmas, the reds, whites, and pinks are preferred.
When considering Christmas florals, donít overlook the obvious. Poinsettias are a delightful cut flower. There are colors to fit every possible color scheme. For cut stems, youíll need to buy large premium quality plants. The cheaper ones from big box stores wonít have long enough stems.
When poinsettia stems are cut, they can release a sticky sap. To seal the cut end, use a candle just as soon as you cut them. Some people are allergic to the sap. For that reason, wear rubber gloves when youíre working with poinsettias. The cut stems can last for about ten days or so.
Cyclamen are a delightful cut flower for the holiday season. If you plan on using them in a vase, choose a tall growing variety. Otherwise, the stems wonít be long enough. Cyclamen stems look lovely when theyíre tucked into holiday wreaths. Just be sure and insert the cut end into a water reservoir. Otherwise, the flower will wilt very quickly.
There are many ways to use everlastings at Christmas. One of the most exquisite examples is pressed flower ornaments. Typically hung on Christmas trees, they can also be displayed in bowls and on mantles as well.
Craft stores sell glass ornaments that are ready to decorate. The pressed flowers and plants are then glued onto the ornament. To protect the flowers/plants, apply a coat of modge podge. If desired, glitter can also be added as well.
Dried flowers can also be used for decorating Christma