I’ll admit it upfront: the very thought of fake flowers has always brought me out in a bit of a rash, conjuring up images of lurid, plasticky pound-shop displays or dusty, frayed polyester lilies in the corner of dentists’ waiting rooms.
But like it or not, faux blooms are having a bit of a moment. The new breed of silk flowers is more convincing than ever, not to mention low maintenance (and God knows, I’d be happy if I never had to change another vase of stinky flower water). OK, you don’t get the fragrance of the real thing, nor the tiny variations and transience that make real flowers so special, but then you’ll never waste another hour trying to get pollen stains out of your favourite top either.
So is it time to start faking it or should we keep it real?
Gaudy colours? Check. Crumpled petals? Check. These are the bogus blooms I know and hate, and they aren’t fooling anyone.
A bridal bouquet that looks as good on your ruby anniversary as it did on your wedding day is an idea I can get behind. Although once you’ve forked out for decent silk flowers, there’s no way you’d want to lob them into a gaggle of your single girlfriends.
Bloom is a good place to find impressively realistic arrangements. I can’t help thinking it might get a bit boring having the same flowers on display the whole time, but when they look as good as these, would you really mind?
You can always trust Abigail Ahern to come up with the goods – her website is full of gorgeous displays that could definitely pass for the real deal. Plus Ms Ahern has supplied flowers for Robbie Williams, Emma Thompson and the Vatican, and if they’re good enough for the Pope…
What do you think? Are faux flowers blooming lovely or a shabby substitute for the real thing?