19 December 2012

Red Poinsettia Moodboard

What do we really think and feel about Poinsettia? 

The garden writer Sarah Raven wrote an article in The Daily Telegraph's Gardening section about poinsettias suggesting that they should "come in from the cold". She also say that they have a "fuddy-duddy" image and have been massively overused but felt that it was now time to reappraise them.

Some of these reasons were that it's an inexpensive plant and most of the plants sold in UK supermarkets are British grown.

Last month the Poinsettia International had a press party where several big names in the florist world like Paula Pryke, Rebel Rebel, Simon Lycett and Ian Lloyd created quite elaborate arrangements using almost exclusively poinsettia. They showed ways of using the plant in contemporary and creative ways both as potted plants and as cut flowers.

I found these miniature red poinsettia at my local DIY store and bought a few for very little money. They're only about 15 cm tall and came in little silver pots.

I thought they would look great down the centre of a table. They are low enough for people to see each other across the table and they don't take up a lot of space.

As the plants already came in their own little silver pots I didn't feel I needed to re-pot them. All I had to do was to add some more shiny silver bling; like the vintage baubles, some votive candles and a strand of Christmas lights.

I've used a wide red ribbon but you can use strips of red fabric instead or a red runner down the centre of the table.

I love the reflections of the red ribbons, the Christmas lights and the candles in all the shiny surfaces.

What do you think of poinsettias - love them or hate them?

Have a bright bling day!

Thank you for visiting and I'll see you soon.

xoxo Ingrid


martinealison said...

Ce sont des fleurs idéales en cette période de Noël... Des fleurs que le Père Noël pourrait offrir à Maman Noël !...
J'aime la manière qu'elle s'intègre sur votre table et se conjuguent avec les petits sujets argentés...
Très jolie publication.

Gros bisous et que la fête commence !

Frances said...

Poinsettias are not my favorite flowers, but in your hands I'm able to see some pleasing possibilities.

Your red and silver table is so very festive!


littlebigbell said...

So coincidental! I was actually queueing in the supermarket today and when I saw the poinsettias, all going cheaply for £2, I thought to myself how could its image be updated - love the transformation you've made Ingrid. Have a lovely Christmas and New Year :) x

Georgianna said...

Hi Ingrid, You've very successfully made the poinsettias look stylish and up to date! The silver is a wonderful touch.

I don't love them but I don't mind them either. I think they're getting a makeover of sorts here, too. And I've been seeing hybrids in pink and purple and other colors. So, maybe they have a future!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!
xo – g

Lisa Gordon said...

I just love Poinsettias! To me, they are just as much a part of Christmas as my Christmas tree is.

I love the way you've composed everything here. You always do that so well!

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