It’s easy to create a rustic scene in your home, using plants and accessories to evoke the sense of rural life.
Country garden look Many flowering house plants bring indoors the shapes, scents and colours of a country garden. Arrange a group of these in a china— a bowl, jug or teapot— and place them on a table covered in a flower- or lace-patterned cloth. A length of fabric could also be used as the base for your . Add dried or fresh to the arrangement, depending on the season, and a dish of sweet-smelling potpourri.
The bounty of the countryside can be evoked by, cones grasses and objects made from natural materials such as wood, cane or terracotta. These items can be used with countryside plants to make an effective arrangement against plain white or colour-washed walls.
plants massed in an openweave basket can be been placed on a polished wood windowseat with a bird’s nest rescued from a fallen tree (please don’t remove a nest which might be used again). Pine cones and some sprigs of ripening blackberries add an autumnal touch.
Terracottacan be used to hold a Bulrush and Mind-your-own-business. A second lower, table allows the graceful arching of the Bulrush to fall naturally. The golden squash adds a sunny note.
Keep a box of country bits and pieces to use in your, and add china, or baskets.
- Cones in varying colours, shapes and sizes
- Baskets: all shapes and sizes
- Earth-coloured casseroles Terracotta pots
- Gnarled lengths of wood
- Country garden Flowery fabric offcuts
- Flower-patterned china (cracked items can be lined with plastic)
- Old flower strewn tiles
- Country style plants
- Ferns of all types
- Herb plants
- Miniature Club Mosses
- Country garden Hydrangeas
- White or
Using dried flowers
Add country garden colour to your plant arrangements in winter by incorporating dried flowers and grasses. Dry spare blooms from your indoor plants or from your garden, or beg flowers from friends with gardens.
You can, of course, buy dried flowers too. Build up a collection gradually, sticking to a colour theme — perhaps soft pinks and lilacs or golden colours — and store them in boxes or plastic bags in a dry place when not in use.
This is a chance to use containers that are not waterproof, and to brighten up dark corners where living plants would not thrive. Dried leaves, fruits and berries can also be included.
Drying flowers yourself
Most flowers,heads and grasses can be successfully preserved by air drying. This is done in one of three ways: by hanging upside down, by drying upright, or by laying flat.
Hanging: Strip leaves off theand make up into small bunches, using an elastic band which will keep the bunch together as stems contract. Arrange in bunches alone type and hang from strings attached to the ceiling in a warm, dry place.
Upright: Strip leaves then put in a vase with a little water. Allow stems to take up the water and leave till flowers become dry to the touch. This method is ideal for large or delicate flowers like Hydrangeas.
Flat: This is the best method forheads and pods. Lie them flat on newspaper or brown paper or in open boxes until they are dry and crisp.
Collecting: Pick flowers on dry days only and begin the drying process as soon as you can after picking. Don’t place in sunlight or colours will fade.