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9 ways to make fresh flowers last in a heatwave, according to royal florist Philippa Craddock

House Beautiful (UK) logo House Beautiful (UK) 10/07/2018 Emma-Louise Pritchard

© Provided by Getty Self-taught florist Philippa Craddock, who created the floral display for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding in May, is currently hosting a series of pop-up flower workshops showing people with any level of floristry experience how to create the perfect hand-tied bouquet.

Here, Philippa shares her top tips on how to make fresh cut flowers last as long as possible in the hot summer sun.

1. Always start with a clean vase

Clean your chosen vase with bleach before using to make sure there is no lingering bacteria that could infect the flowers.

2. Use fresh water

The temperature of the water can be anywhere between room and cold, but definitely not hot.

3. Add a tiny drop of bleach to the water

Philippa emphasises that this is, quite literally, a single drop. Add it after the water so as not to create foam.

a close up of a flower pot: Bouquet of wildflowers in glass jar on wooden table, summer concept © Ekaterina Smirnova - Getty Images Bouquet of wildflowers in glass jar on wooden table, summer concept 4. Change water every day

Or, if you are too busy, every other day at least.

5. Tidy the stems

Before adding the flowers to the water, make sure the stems don't have any leaves below the water line which will go limp. You should also cut the end of each stem on a diagonal angle to make a fresh tip, with a large surface area for absorbing water.

6. Position them right in your house

Fresh cut flowers should be kept in a cool place, ideally with a breeze, and never in direct sunlight.

7. Combine with faux flowers to make them look fuller

Faux flowers and foliage can be mixed with fresh cut flowers to make them look fuller without having to see so many fresh flowers go to waste after their shelf life expires.

Philippa suggests mixing fresh eucalyptus, which naturally lasts for a long time, with a couple of faux peonies or roses for a design with longevity.

8. Rotate from room to room

The same flowers can take on different guises when used in different spaces - for example in the bathroom, kitchen or bedroom. Philippa suggests moving designs around to really get everything you can from one bunch, particularly with part-faux designs.

a bouquet of flowers in a vase on a table: Beautiful fresh flowers in glass bottles on the wooden table © Sarsmis - Getty Images Beautiful fresh flowers in glass bottles on the wooden table 9. Don't stick to your favourite flowers

Mixing up your choice of flowers means they are always exciting, fresh and bring a room to life in a different way every time.

Philippa Craddock has launched a series of pop-up flower workshops across London this summer, from Hackney to Mayfair. The workshops range from one-day courses to week-long courses, catering to those with no floristry experience to experienced florists looking to take their business to the next level.

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Related: Philippa Craddock on creating the flowers for the royal wedding (Provided Country Living UK)

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