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We have been lucky to steal 5 minutes with Mel from Bloom Social this week.
If you're not familiar with Bloom Social and their subscriptions then you should check them out. Mel has revolutionised the way we supply our homes with flowers, and she's a super stylist too as her (other) business All The Frills can attest.
You can subscribe to Bloom Social and have your flowers delivered to you or you can stop by Father Rabbit (The Bloc or Herne Bay) to pick up a bunch after they have been delivered fresh on Thursday afternoon.
Thanks Mel for taking the time to chat with us.

BLOOM SOCIAL:

1. What is the best way to stretch your budget?

Use different types of foliage as a filler, maybe even raid the garden, choose a flowers that fill an arrangement such as Hydrangea you only need a few stems and you have a decent size arrangement. Also choosing flower varieties that last a little longer, such as a kale, proteas and stock avoid flowers such as tulips and hellebores that just don't last.

2. What's the easiest way to create a high impact arrangement?

Well I guess this is a little subjective I personally like a floral arrangements that works within the space not take over, so high impact isn't really what I go for, so for me I like simplicity on mass, one style of flower in a large vase on mass makes me happy.

3. What should you look for when buying flowers or indoor plants?

100% freshness and quality, no brusing if buying roses, are they firm. Does the styled of flower or foliage work with the look you are going for? How long will it last, will it work with the vessel you have? So a lineal flower works well in a cylinder vase where a hydrangea would work better in a bowl style vase. For indoor plants its a little different, these are going to stick around so you really need to make sure you get it right, where are you going to place the plant, what space does it need, is it going to be in direct sunlight and again the pot need to suit the plant and the look of your home.

4. What's the best way to make an arrangement last?

When you get your flowers home you need to condition them, to do this you need to remove any leaves that will end up underwater in the vase. Cut at least 1 inch from the base of the stem at a 45-degree angle with a sharp pair of garden shears, place flowers in a clean bucket of water as soon as the stems have been cut. Leave in the bucket for several hours out of direct sunlight and away from fruit and vegetables. Once they have had a good drink you can arrange your flowers into the vase. Try to keep in a cool place out of direct sunlight. Change the water everyday with cold water, in hot weather you can even use a few ice cubes.

5. Indoor plants are really big right now, do you have any favourites?

Gosh I have so many indoor plants, I have fully embraced this trend it brings my home to life. My favourite would be a cacti that I guess is more sentimental than a favourite, I have had it for 14 plus years. I also love anything that drapes and hangs so string of pearls and lovely green lush ferns in my plant stands.