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Zap winter blues with a burst of flower power

PUBLISHED: 13:53 21 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:54 20 February 2013

White phalaenopsis orchids massed in a glass bowl, planted with moss and bark

White phalaenopsis orchids massed in a glass bowl, planted with moss and bark

Don't wait for spring, instantly brighten up your home with these fabulous floral displays

Dont wait for spring, instantly brighten up your home with these designs




EVEN the most gorgeous of homes can look a little drab and lifeless when the glitz of Christmas is a distant memory and the promise of spring still weeks away.
What better to lift the spirits than fresh flowers.
Whether you go for a mass of simple, bright pink tulips or a handtied bouquet of deliciously-scented lilac, hyacinth and narcissi, real flowers bring a wonderful freshness and colour into our homes.
Danny Preston, one of the talented designers at Tudor Rose Florist, of Bury St Edmunds and Lavenham, has come up with four beautiful creations to do just that.
The florist says one of the secrets of spring flowers is their smell: Aside, perhaps, from fresh picked old English roses in the height of summer, the traditional spring flowers have the most amazing fragrances.
And a mass of hyacinth or narcissi can look particularly effective placed in a simple glass vase with the stems on show.
For a more sophisticated look, Danny says a glass bowl planted with white phalaenopsis orchids is a real statement display, which is both easy to look after and long lived.
And his stylish design of elegant cream calla lilies coupled with that classic harbinger of spring - the pussy willow - will wow the most difficult to impress of guests.

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