Maggie made some very elegant terrariums, what a nice idea. There’s advice and info here, and a set of pictures on Flickr here. Perhaps I should investigate doing something similar – we bought a pink cyclamen in November and it was so pretty, but now it is fading away and looking very sad. No matter what we do (more light, less light, more water, less water, plant food), it seems to get more and more unhappy. This is our second one, and possibly the last as clearly we’re not suited to looking after them. Any ideas for keeping a cyclamen alive? Perhaps the kindest thing would be to plant it outside? It’s not been terribly cold recently so I don’t think the period of adjustment would be too harsh.
What I can recommend is orchids – they are so pretty, the flowers last for such a long time, and they just seem to get on with things. We have two, and one of them has been with us for a few years now. They are much better value than buying cut flowers.