Cyclamen wedding cake

 

All of us…(oh, not you then…?) okay, but MOST of us have one of these thingys lying around…. a wire cake stand, that is…

After the initial ‘ooooh, that’s purdy, I’ll so USE that for all the, CUPCAKES I make!’, mine ended up in a cupboard just TAKING UP SPACE.

So I thought I’d use it for some kind of confection of cyclamen, which, let’s face it, are the only thing widely on sale right now everywhere.

You need:

A cake stand like mine, preferably one that’s annoying you.

Cyclamen. For my cake stand, I used 6 little plants (all on sale, because they were in a sorry state, and I had to save them). You could also use little ferns, or little pots of ivy, or pansies.

Multi-purpose compost

Sphagnum moss, which comes in sheets – perfect for lining anything that is holey, and prettifying anything that is ugly.

Method

Line the wire stand with moss so there aren’t any gaps. Now remove the cyclamen from their pots and squish them in, using extra multi-purpose if you see any gaps. Water it and disPLAY. I put a candle in the top bit, but chocolate fingers would be even better (or of course, another cyclamen).

You’re going to need to put the whole thing on a big plate or tray to catch any bits. Keep the plants watered so that the compost remains moist but not sopping. I take the whole thing outside and let it drip out before I return it to the table. I tend to water cyclamen quite carefully because if you let big droplets linger on the leaves or stems then they often rot. To avoid this, I use a watering can with a thin nozzle and stick it under the leaves so that I only get water on the compost.

And last but not least, remember to dead-head. This will give you more flowers….

…and you’ll like that.

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