Artificial Flowers these days are made from all kinds of material, from silk to polyester, paper and plastic. The most realistic are 'Real Touch' and 'Fresh Touch' where they even feel like real flowers. They also have a covering on them to replicate the look and feel of fresh real flowers. The artificial flowers we stock are of high quality, resist fading and do not attract dust.
The stems of artificial flowers are made from coloured plastic, with wire inside so that they can be bent and arranged to suit any requirement. The plastic on the stems too are made to replicate fresh flowers, roses have thorns (which do not cut or hurt) other artificial flowers and plants have stems with buds, bark effect and are made to replicate nature and the natural growth of the plant.
Pure Silk Flowers are fairly rare these days, most artificial flowers are made of silk and polyester or other fabrics. Pure silk flowers also do not look quite as realistic, today's artificial flowers are made to look and feel as close to real plants and flowers as possible.
Silk flowers originated in the far east where whole gardens were created using silk for the petals and leaves, using thin wire to make the flower and then grafted onto wood to create plants and trees.
Generally artificial flowers are bought for the home and in our experience are used in place of fresh real flowers, also in arrangements with fresh flowers. Artificial flowers look so realistic and do not attract dust and therefore are welcomed in many hospitals in the UK, please do check with the hospital first to make sure they do accept artificial flowers.
We find that over 30% of our orders are for gifts and we receive many thank you notes saying how lovely they are and what a perfect gift. We have seen in the past few years an increase in giving of artificial flowers for Birthdays, Valentines day, Mother's Day and anniversaries.
Arranging a wedding can be a stressful time and using artificial flowers at your wedding for corsages, bouquets, headdresses and buttonholes means that the flowers can be arranged in advance and will look clean and fresh for your special day. We find that more and more brides are choosing artificial flowers to decorate the church and the reception venue. Garlands, table arrangements and posies are an ideal use for artificial flowers and look stunning and colourful all year round.
Fresh flowers have limited growing seasons in the UK, with artificial flowers most flowers are available all year round. They are also extremely useful weddings outside the UK as they are easy to carry, do not usually have border restrictions that fresh flowers and plants may have.
Forget-me-not is one of the favourite flowers that is chosen for funerals, along with freesias and poppies. The all year round availability of our artificial flowers can be a comfort for the mourners.
Everyone likes to decorate thier home at Christmas and our range of artificial garlands, poinsettias, holly, mistletoe and amarylis can help you create that glossy magazine look. Packed away carefully at the end of the fesitive season they will last for years. The beauty of using artificial flowers at christmas is that they can be reused and arranged differently each year.
Arranging artificial flowers is very easy as the stems can be bent into just about any position to suit the arrangement. We supply artificial flowers to magazines, film and television companies, marketing agencies, PR companies, theatres and exhibitions.
As Withycombe Fair we have been trading since 1989 and have moved our business online since 2002. During this time we have supplied artificial flowers for: