A Hellebore, Fritillary, Muscari and Catkin Faux Flower Arrangements

The Ten Commandments of Faking It With Faux Florals

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In 2016 a veritable rash of rather supercilious (in some cases) articles appeared debating the merits or otherwise of artificial or faux flower arrangements. Some of these were highly complimentary and some as disdainful and dismissive as ever of fake flowers.
This post is partially to address some of the issues raised in the discussions and I shall enlarge upon some of the points in later posts.

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Tree in a Snowy Wood

The Last Day Of This Christmas Time For The Little White Horse

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Pulled up short by these most unexpected sights and feelings, he took great breaths of the light and pure air, realising that by some sort of miracle, he was no longer afraid at all, but happy in the light of the moon and he looked up to the glorious stars, snorting in the cold air so his breath formed clouds, he stamped his hooves and arched his little head back high under the heavens…and all around him there glowed a great light….
He began to walk slowly through the forest, revelling in each enchanted snowflake and the filigree of the frost and the way his breath held frozen in the air…celebrating in the divergence of the paths around him, as he picked his way through the forest, confident in his passage as it was lit by tiny fireflies and a curious light that moved with him.
And then suddenly all the nocturnal woodland folk came out to play by the light of the galleon moon, the rabbits, the stoats, the badgers, the bats, the voles, the owls, the deer and most important of all, the great White Stag.

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Woods Gleaming in the Snow

The Night Before Christmas and Not a Leaf Was Stirring…

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One day Stumpy stayed with his friends a little too long as they were all excited about Christmas and it was that most magical of nights: Christmas Eve.
The dusk began to entwine around his tired eyes and he began to worry about getting home safely through the dark…Stumpy had never been in the forest after dark and his eyes were not accustomed to the inky cloak of the oncoming night and it all seemed very murky and he could not see clearly at all; then on this cold dank night the fog began to creep in to make things worse and the little horse could not see at all…in fact Christmas Eve was turning out not to be magical at all…

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The Gate To Stumpy's Snowy Field

Of Evergreens, and Roses and Heavenly Beliefs

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Tonight, is really a big secret, for it is the REAL start of Christmas, not the 1st of Advent or the Holiday season but that season of suspension between the Winter Solstice, when the Yule Log is begun to be burnt and the Wild Hunt roams the midnight forest, and Christmas Day and its apotheosis – Epiphany and the arrival …

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