3 ideas for a summer flower feast

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Each summer I am full of good intentions of holding a garden party. This year I've had a good excuse for not getting round to it as we are currently in the middle of a garden redesign project and our garden, quite frankly isn't really up to it right now. But I'm looking forward to having friends and family over to enjoy our little outdoor living space once its all finished.

Here are three floral decorating ideas to inspire you to pretty up your outside space for a summer flower feast this month.

1. Create a garland

They aren't just for weddings and Christmas - a pretty garland will create a celebratory mood at any gathering. You can use pretty much whatever flowers and foliage you have to hand in your garden. Hydrangeas will look amazing if you are lucky enough to have a supply but, as their name suggests, they are very thirsty flowers so you'll want to keep them well watered. Spritzing the heads will help, but if you are planning to hang your garland outside in warm weather you'll need to ensure that any blooms have a water source. Using floral foam garland netting is probably the easiest way to do this.

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2. Group bud vases together for a quick and easy display

A single bloom placed in a bud vase is always a quick and easy way to create a display - grouped together they have added impact. I love these magnetic vases from Serax, but if you don't have a metal surface to attach them to you could use floristry wire to fix small bud vases to a wall, tree or table leg.

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3. Make edible flower ice lollies

Who could resist one of these delectable elderberry syrup ice lollies on a hot day? Made with edible flowers they are a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds. The how to is here and the Flower Council of Holland have lots more ideas and inspiration if you are tempted to organise your own flower feast.

PS - I'm also dying to try this courgette flower tempura.

In collaboration with the Flower Council of Holland.