TBR tips on dressing male events

One of the challenges we come up against as florists from time to time is where a client or venue we supply to briefs us to dress an event which will be attended by a predominantly male guest list, as we did this week for an event at the Groucho Club.

Clients are always a little bit nervous that flowers will make a venue too feminine, but we have devised some tried and tested ways to use flowers to enhance the event in a neutral and understated way. And we are happy to share those tips with you:

1. You don’t need to dumb down as far as using phallic-shaped flowers, but do consider using more structural blooms rather than anything soft with lots of petals – try anything tropical and spiky like Cymbidium Orchids or Heliconia.

2. Colour is key too – avoid anything pastel. We favour vibrant shades: orange, purple, fiery reds.

3. In terms of the actual arrangement, we like to keep it simple. Clean lines create impact with minimal fuss. Uniformity in the displays keep them unobtrusive or use height to create contrast.

The picture here shows the table displays we created for the event at the Groucho Club using deep orange Cymbidium Orchids interwoven with Flexi grass in simple round glass bulbs.

Spring is in the air!

It’s the 1st March, the official first day of Spring. It’s a bit grey and mis where we are, but hopefully the sun is shining for you? We’re looking forward to the brighter days to come and the wonderful flowers we love that start blooming in March. Our TBR top three:

1. Tulips – the are 109 different species of Tulip, in a huge variety of colours. They are a symbol of love: to give a red tulip was to declare your love as the black center of the red tulip was said to represent the lover’s heart, burned to a coal by love’s passion. It’s also the traditional 11th wedding anniversary flower!

2. Hyacinth – with their gorgeous blue and purple hues Hyacinths make a striking and fragrant impact. There’s a lovely Greek myth attached to this flower: Hyacinth was a beautiful youth loved by both the god Apollo and the West Wind Zephyr. Apollo and Hyacinth took turns at throwing the discus. Hyacinth ran to catch it to impress Apollo, but he was struck by the discus as it fell to the ground, and died. The youth’s beauty caused a feud between Zephyrus and Apollo. Jealous that Hyacinth preferred the radiant archery god Apollo, Zephyrus blew Apollo’s discus off course, so as to injure and kill Hyacinth. Apollo did not allow Hades to claim Hyacinth. Instead, Apollo made a flower, the hyacinth, from Hyacinth’s spilled blood

3. Singapore Orchid – otherwise known as the Vanda ‘Miss Joaquim’ Orchid after the woman that bred it. It looks like a beautiful dancing girl with a delicate fluttering skirt. As Singapore’s national flower, it is the first registered plant hybrid from the country.