Goodbye October! Hello excitement!

Another month goes by and we are getting busier and busier! But we always find time (twice a week) to share something with you. First of all thank you, to all who entered our competition and worry not, there’s still plenty of time to enter via Facebook,Twitter or Instagram.

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On November 16th we will begin our draw which will announce a lucky winner each week until December 23rd. Stay tuned because Santa is dropping by your gifts this week and we’ll be teasing you with a few pictures!

Now let’s talk flowers shall we?

November marks the official end of summer as days shorten and the weather starts getting colder, preparing us for winter. This is the best time to plant your flowers.

Put your wellies on and start cleaning up your garden. Consider a bonfire party (a glass/pint of champagne/beer never hurt anyone) where you burn all leaves and this way you don’t risk any plant disease outbreak in the summer.

Since you have planted your fuchsias sometime in May/June you should take them inside and make room for new plants. Place them by windows so that they can absorb whatever sunshine is left throughout the day.

Start planting your bulbs now (especially tulips). The soil being cooler can help prevent fungal disease. Tulips thrive in good drainage!

Plant your amaryllis bulbs and place them in a warm courner in your house and watch them bloom in time for Christmas. This is also a great time for crocuses and alliums to be planted – if you haven’t done it already (Alliums are perfect for mixed-up decorations).

Grab a handful of bulbs and throw them up in the air. Plant them where they land, for a more natural look.

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“Creep” it real, with these Halloween Arrangements!

Three Simple Ideas to create a Halloween themed floral arrangement

Save the candy for the kids and prepare to amaze your friends (especially the ones who are obsessed with this holiday) by giving them a Halloween themed bouquet.

We all love this holiday, mainly because we get to fill our houses (both inside and outside) with pumpkins and scary decorations. But these simple creations can be a fun gift to your friends for a halloween dinner party.

We’ve narrowed it down to these ingredients that you can mix and match. If combined properly, you’ll have a “spook-tacular” Halloween creation.

What do I need?

Orange roses, purple carnations and cushion poms, blue (or purple) asters.

You’ll also need a purple wrapping paper as well as orange, black or red ribbons.

For the base, use black or purple vases and any amount of pumpkins you’d like.

Some Glitter Spray (you can get on ebay or even superdrug).

Purple and orange flowers are ideal for any autumn-themed decoration and these combinations look great in any Halloween arrangement. You can use orange roses and lilies as well as purple cushion poms, then add dark-coloured leaves on top for a more dramatic effect. Best displayed inside a purple or see-through black vase.

The Pumpkin King

Carve a pumpkin and on the top place orange roses, blue asters and purple carnations. Add some athos (pom cushions) to make the rest of the colours stand out.bf270-11km

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Addams Vase

 

2241ddea051d6bd991252e63c8875118Place inside a black or purple vase the following: blue asters, black roses (you can add a red one somewhere as well), and long thin branches (of similar colour) for a dramatic effect.
We suggest you do at least three of these vases, each one with a different touch. You can add spray glitter paint to one of them and add an orange rose (instead of red) into another. Contrasting the black and blue arrangements with an orange or red rose is definitely an eye catcher!

 

Black Bouquet Blue..

This is a fun idea for a gift, for someone who loves flowers. Take your roses and Carnations (and maybe add black roses), tie them together with a string. Then place them in the wrapping paper as tightly as you can in the bottom, and a bit wider on the top (similar to a vampire’s costume in fairytales). Then spray the glitter paint gently holding it on top of the arrangement (min 30 cm) so that only the top gets sprayed. We suggest silver, purple and red colours.

 


 

And don’t forget you can enter our Christmas Contest by liking and sharing our post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make your garden come alive in winter with these suggestions

Winter has arrived; coats are out, scarves are being sold in stores and as the weather gets colder, more and more people like to plan ahead.

For most people, this is the time to start chopping wood and storing it safely so that their fireplaces are equipped enough. But if you are a keen gardener then this is the best time to start building your “winter wonderland” in your back yard.

Winter should not be a time where we prepare our garden only for Christmas. Instead, we must take into consideration that once the Christmas holiday is over, we still have a good two months of cold weather before Spring arrives.

The hardest part is to find time – especially around Christmas time – to maintain our gardens. Holiday obligations tend to take a lot of our time, but it really only requires 4-5 hours a week to maintain a beautiful landscaped garden.

If a garden is monitored and taken care of properly, you’ll see most of it thrive throughout January, which is the coldest month of the year (and planting seems almost impossible). Therefore, as mentioned in previous blogs, January is the time to organise your shed and prepare for spring.

The following flowers have an exquisite aroma and colours so vibrant that can bring a bit of warmth in the winter.

Winter Jasmine

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What a stunning plant this is and definitely one of our favourites. The fragrance it produces is simply euphoric. It can thrive through the nasty British weather and reach a pretty good height.

 

Heather

Heather is fantastic for winter but must be planted between September and October. It comes in different variations such as pink, purple and white. DECOR TIP: Place a pot of Heather on your balconies or entrance door to create a beautiful ‘warm’ feeling.

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Viburnum

Look no further if you want to add powerful fragrance and beauty in your garden between autumn and spring! This plant is so easy to grow and doesn’t really take much caring. All you need to do is decide where to plant it and watch it grow in days. BUYING TIP: The pink budded flower is the most common version of this flower and it’s called “Eve-Price”.

Hellebore

This white and red flower is best used in rich soil that has a lot of moisture. The key thing with Hellebore is to place them somewhere where there’s not much wind. They thrive if planted between trees and bushes.

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Extra Tips:

As requested, these are our suggestions for winter balcony flowers!

  • Winter Balcony Flowers
  • Erica Carnea (Winter Heather).
  • Ornamental Cabbage
  • False Holly
  • Swiss Chard
  • Coral Bells

 

And don’t forget you can enter our Christmas Contest by liking our post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

 

 

A Very TBR Christmas: 6 weeks of giveaway

Hold onto your Sleigh Bells, because we have some amazing news for you!

Over the years, TBR Floral Design Studio has collaborated with clients, prestigious venues and celebrities, and allowed us to connect with them in order to share our knowledge, passion and expertise to create an awe-inspiring end result. From simple floral tips to bathing a grand hall in flowers, we have made your weddings memorable, corporate events to stand out and most of all created a network of people who appreciate our work.

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Therefore, it is only wise to create something amazing for you; our way of saying “thank you”. We feel honoured that you have chosen TBR Floral Design over the last years for your special. Because Christmas is just around the corner, we thought you might like our gifts.

We call it:

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Starting on Monday the 17th of October, you will be able to enter our contest. Winners will be announced every Friday for 6 weeks, from the 18th of November, until December 23rd.

Our prizes are suited to our readers and whether you love Christmas trees or fancy a candle lit dinner at one of our exclusive venues, we’re confident that it will lift up your Christmas spirit!

HOW DO I ENTER?

On Monday the 17th of October, we will share with you a link on our Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram profiles, where you can sign up and enter the draw.

For extra entries, you simply follow our social networks and interact with us using the #tbrXmas and #TBRMondaySocial hashtags. You will either get to answer a question or tag us in something (More to be announced on Monday!)

So, for now simply share this post, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and check our social networks on Monday for the big reveal.

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Make your Balconies stand out with these selections

Balcony flowers are essential to make your apartment stand out and give it character. Even if you have a small balcony in the city centre, by using the space carefully it can bring good energy into your personal space and brighten up your day. Your balconies – especially in the city – can be the best places to reconnect with nature, when hectic lifestyles make us forget about mother Earth.

Whether you want to make your balcony unique, or just enjoy stepping outside for a cup of coffee before work, your flower arrangement should feel relaxing and motivational. TBR suggests the following flowers that don’t need much maintenance and can be an incredible sight.

Dianthus

This “divine flower” (literally) is recognised by a number of its species, most commonly by carnations (dianthus caryophyllus), and Sweet William (dianthus barbatus). They can be a great addition to your balconies as they can handle the cold weather of Britain. They can thrive for most of the year even if the sun is out for a few hours. Dianthus plants, in order to grow (up to 18”) and keep their vibrant colours, they require little watering, but great air circulation.

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Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)

This perennial plant is perfect for a summer balcony. If you have a slightly bigger-than-usual balcony that can accommodate you and your friends  for an afternoon beverage, then a gaillardia can be a memorable plant to place outside. It has petals like a daisy and resembles a small sunflower as well. You can find this in brown or red predominantly and needs little watering.

Asters

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Available in blue, pink, red and white, this is the flower that belongs to an artist’s balcony. It motivates painters to pick up a brush, and even the busy financier to spend his Sunday evening walking in the park. They can handle cold weather and very moist summers and can reach as high as 8 inches tall.

 

Yarrow

This flower is a magician of tolerance. Throughout the year no matter the weather, it can thrive and keep its vibrant yellow, pink, red or white colours. Our suggestion is to add it near contrasting coloured flowers (such as a blue aster), or have an arrangement of its different variations. They bring the best out of nearby colours, i.e. they make outdoor darkwood furniture stand out, and a mosaic floor even more noticeable. A yarrow is a great choice for your outdoor living.

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The medi-look

A term we like to use for outdoor living arrangements that are filled with colourful flowers (red, violet, blue and white) in large hanging clay pots. The Mediterranean look had always been desired. You can see that as far as Scottsdale, Arizona when newbuilt houses bare the Mediterranean style.

Mediterranean balconies are simply the most beautiful in Europe, as they make your balconies look like a freshly done painting. Simply, browse for vibrant warm colours, add them in clay pots (or mosaic), hang them on your outdoor walls and enjoy the British Summer with a glass of Pimms and a book.

Our best suggestion for the medi-look?Of course, Jasmines. This white creation will make your neighbours envious of the exotic fragrance and elegant appearance.

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Simple (Floral) Feng Shui tips for your home.

When it comes to decorating your house with plants, all you need to do is figure out what you like the most and would like to see them around your house?

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Decorating your house with plants is not only a way to bring your house to life, but also a way to connect with your personal space. Plants can create a beautiful and peaceful energy for your home and bring calmness into your life.

 

As you walk inside…

The front door is the perfect place for you to create an amazing first impression. In addition, it can make you feel relaxed as soon as you get out of the car and make your way inside after a day at work. We suggest that you put symmetrical plants on either side of your front door.

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The Living Room…

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We’ve mentioned once before about the most important places in a room, where if done properly, it creates a wonderful atmosphere for you and your family/friends. In a living room, nothing is more important than a well-presented fireplace. Depending on its colour, it’s always best to add contrasting plants to make it more ‘homey’. A fireplace should be kept simple and not ‘overcrowded’ with stuff. We suggest short bonsai trees or plants inside (dark) glass vases of different shapes.

 

 

The Kitchen…

My favourite place in a house is the kitchen. As houses these days tend to have an open plan kitchen and living room, it is more common to spend time with your guests in the kitchen, where wine and snacks are more accessible and it even feels like an extension of your living room. However, a kitchen – regardless if open plan or not – should still have some features that distinguish it from the rest of the living room. If you’re lucky enough to have big windows by your kitchen sink, then don’t think twice and immediately place plants on the windowsill. There’s not right or wrong when it comes to choosing plants for your kitchen, as long as you match the interior colours with your plants.windowsill-decoration-flower-candles-1 Hydrangeas in small cube glass vases are one of our favourite choices. These can go anywhere from your breakfast/dinner table to your shelves and windowsills. Even if you have dark colour tiles in your kitchen, a white or a combination of white and pink flowers can create a masculine or feminine atmosphere respectively.

The bedroom…

This is the perfect place to put healing flowers. Our plant of choice for bedrooms are lavenders mainly for its incredible healing powers and for making your sleep even better. For more information on Lavender, read back on one of our previous posts. ideas-home-decoration-lavender-flowerpot-bedroom-bottle

Walls, walls, walls…

When a piece of art doesn’t really feel right on a specific wall, then you’d be surprised how a hanging plant can compliment your interior without much effort. All you need to do is find the perfect hanging pot (the smaller the better), and create a visually engaging sequence. Tip: try hanging that artwork again and see how much better it looks with plants around it. il_fullxfull-270652794

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