Fresh flowers, and silk ones – a comparison
Fresh flowers, and silk ones
I like to have fresh flowers in the house. Not many, just the odd bunch. Last year, I bought a lovely display from Bloom, which makes high quality silk flowers. They are so realistic, that, to start with, I felt compelled to say ‘you do know they aren’t real’, whenever anyone admired them!
This is the base, foliage display. I’m not that keen on the little bud type things, they look rather plastic. But I got it so that I can add single spray items suitable to the season
For the winter, I added 3 stems of white ranunculus
Then, a bit later on, I added three stems each of of three colours of lilac
It looks really good, I’m really pleased with it. I’ll get some stems of roses for the summer, taking out the lilac, and maybe dahlias for the autumn. Bearing in mind, I also have a lovely autum display tucked away in the loft, I might not do the dahlias.
Are they worth it?
I am aiming to have a display appropriate for the time of year. So at least 4 displays, 1 for each season. They are pretty expensive. The individual stems can usually be had, on offer, at 3 stems for £18 each. So that’s 3 ranunculus (£18) and 3 x 3 lilac (£18 x 3), plus the original foliage display, currently on sale for £79. That makes my arrangement a whopping £151
But I’ve worked out that if I buy this and display it for a 3 month season, for each of 4 years, before I get tired of looking at it, that works out to £3 a week. A modest bunch of flowers. So if I have got tired of a display, I won’t feel too bad about passing it on. I could even sell it on eBay and get some cash back.
Take care of your family and your budget
Before putting together the meal planners, Lesley surveyed what was needed. Of the existing 14 budget meal plans, most are cheap meals for 2 people so can be sized up or down. Others are cheap family meals for 4 people, or meals for one