We love the warm summer weather. It's a chance to get our sandals out, relax under blue skies, chase fluffy white clouds and revel in the mood-boosting effects of vitamin D. The longed-for British summer is often fleeting, so we make the most of it by bringing seasonal flowers indoors and decorating our homes with vases full of fresh cut flowers.
The sunflower, gladiolus and allium are all familiar summer flowers, but there are many other stems that can be used in a seasonal arrangement. Luckily, you have all summer long to find your favourites. To start you off, we've pulled together this bouquet idea, using a few classic summer flowers.
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How to make it
Ask your favourite florist to make up a summer bouquet for you, or take a DIY approach and arrange the flowers yourself.
Make sure the vase is clean and the water is nice and fresh for your flowers. Trim the stems diagonally, and add some flower food to the water if needed. A summer bouquet looks best when the flowers are arranged playfully: let delphiniums peep over the top, stand a gerbera boldly at the front, and add delicacy with sweet pea.
To make the arrangement last for as long as possible, place the vase in a cool spot away from the fruit bowl, and avoid full sun. For more information read our tips on how to protect flowers from heat.