In this video Amanda Austin talks through her stunning floral arrangement for British Flowers Week, which runs from 13th – 19th June, using campions, alliums, astrantias and sweet peas.
Amanda explains how to make her chosen blooms last longer.
“The best way to make sweet peas longer-lasting is to change the water every day. Anything that the sap is rising in, if you change the water the flowers will last longer – we keep sweet peas in the shop for 10 days.”
Amanda has created a stunning garden-themed display for British Flowers Week using hollowed out tree trunks as vases.
In another tip, she explains: “A hydranga will recover from anything if you stand it in water every day. Stand it in a bucket of water until the bubbles stop, take it out and wait for the water to drain away. Dunk its heads – they drink more from the head than the roots. It’s the same for cut flowers which is why we split them stems and take the innards out.”