Narcissus: The December Beauty

This symbol of anything tranquil and sweet, consists of yellow and white flowers, also known as daffodils.

They are extremely popular in the Mediterranean, because they grow almost everywhere and carry with them a rather interesting mythological history. God Narcissus, obsessed with how attractive he was, was led to a pool by Nemesis where he couldn’t take his eyes off his own reflection and drowned. That is why daffodils are symbols of beauty and loving yourself – although not (anymore) in a conceited way.

These beautiful flowers, once they have finished flowering, daffodil_1_largewill start growing (better in the shade of deciduous trees). Once these trees leaf out, their foliage will have significantly grown. Daffodils will not long survive under evergreen trees and shrubs.

Their flowering season lasts anywhere from six weeks to six months, depending on where you live and the cultivars you grow.  After blooming, let the daffodil plant rebuild its bulb for the next year. The leaves stay green while this is happening. When the leaves begin to yellow, then you can cut the leaves off but not before.

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Narcissi are mainly cultivated in Holland and UK and they originate from Western Europe.

 

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

 

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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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Flowers for her

 

Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend, but nothing shows more affection than a carefully selected flower arrangement for her. Here at TBR Studio, we care for each and every individual and we suggest the best ideas to tailor your needs. Take our advice on these simple romantic suggestions to put a smile on your favourite girls’ faces.

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Irises are simply stunning. Either combined with other (ethereal) coloured flowers or as single gifts, they will definitely make a girl’s day. Iris is a representation of wisdom, courage and admiration.

 

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Sunflowers are a great way to show affection to a more mature woman. Whether that is your spouse or your mother, it can brighten up her personal space, as well as her heart. This flower is used to show adoration and loyalty.

 

 

 

Lilacs are a great gift for younger women, as they tend to represent youthfulness and innocence. They are great as congratulatory gifts and they add elegance in your home house.
Carnations are great gifts and they are easy to grow. Our suggestion is to secretly plant them outside the entrance door and wait for them to bloom in order for your other half to be surprised and feel touched. Carnations are a representation of love and fascination.

white-tulipsTulips are the perfect anniversary gift. In a bouquet, add different colour tulips and tie them in a big pink ribbon. It is a great gift for women of any age and is a representation of long-lasting affection.

 

How to make your flowers last longer?

 

Flowers are nature’s children who need to be understood and loved.

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The truth is, we often buy flowers and plants for decorative reasons, but  taking good care of your flowers (like you take care of your children), is not only nurturing and healing, but it can also be a great way to bring good energy and atmosphere into your home.

 

To love your flowers means not to forget about their watering and to make them last as long as they can. TBR has put together a few simple guidelines for you to use, in order to make the best out of their beauty and aroma.

♣ Flowers can wither early because they are cut. To make them look fresh, a good vase is essential. Vases need to be washed thoroughly – especially if you have used them before for other flowers – because a good wash will take out any left bacteria from previous installments.

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♣ Use organic soap when washing your flowers and avoid any chemicals that might blend in with new water later.

♣ When you’re washing your vases, use warm water as bacteria die in high temperatures. Make sure your vases are not wet when you’re putting new water. The water should be around 43.5 degrees Celsius and always leave to sit in a cool place for two hours first.

♣ When you buy flowers, they tend to come with their ‘lunchbox’. These are essential proteins for the flowers to feed from. Don’t throw it away.

♣ Try not to drown your flowers in a lot of water and make sure they’re away from heat. They need sun for photosynthesis, but as long as they are kept cool at the same time.

♣ Change the water every two days to reduce bacteria formation.

♣ Trim flowers at a 45 degree angle.

♣ People can use hairspray to preserve the flowers, but we find this environmentally harmful and disrespectful to the plant. As an alternative, we suggest non-toxic sprays such as the Alba Botanica Hair Spray or the Alterna Caviar.

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An essential tip is to avoid placing flowers next to fruit as they will produce ethylene which ruins any plants that are nearby.

Flowers and your interior design style.

Painters love combining primary colours in order to make secondary ones – at the exact shade they want. But when it comes to flowers, there are no other plants to mix them with in order to generate new colours. However, there are plenty of options for you to combine plants and flowers with each other and with your furniture, in order to create a smooth vision of calmness, elegance and order.

If the Soil is Picasso then flowers are paintings, for they truly are nature’s own creations. To love your home entails choosing the right interior design to give it character – but no interior design is complete without a memorable floral arrangement – a natural “painting”. And that’s what TBR Design Studio is here for; to help you create a zen-ful experience at your personal space with a few basic tips.

Little things, great sights. 

minimalistiPay attention to the littlest things, such as vases and pots. For instance,  If you have a Shabby chic décor, then choosing brighter colours would be the best option. Make sure each pot or vase matches the rest of your interior. Go for light pink, blue and white pots and let each room’s furniture ‘tell’ a story.

 

For an airy look choose ivory avalanche or memory lane roses with carnations and daisies. Scented bouvardia and peach blossoms are always a great addition. To make a good contrast add raspberry orchids in a light green pot (ask TBR for advice on where to purchase the right pots).

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“If the Soil is Picasso then flowers are paintings”

 

 

Location, Location, Location!

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There are some places in your house that you could always place flowers. Add them on fireplaces or next to a pile of books on a coffee table (whose covers match the pot, i.e. a black pot next to (or on top of) leather-bound books). For short furniture use single tall and thin flowers without over-doing it. Try to keep flowers close to (but away from direct) sunlight, to prevent wilting

 

 

Art of colour combination

In hotter countries, most room walls are white (i.e. Santorini). You’ll see this almost throughout the Mediterranean, where yellow flowers take over the interior and bring the summer further inside their house (but without the heat). Flowers are extensions of nature; with the right background and colour selection, they seem to bring the outdoors, inside. Sunflowers and chrysanthemums are great selections for white rooms. If you need some contrast add lithodoras and lilacs or any pink-coloured flower.

White rooms are easy to decorate; either with white furniture or much darker ones. An idea of a beautifully composed white room would be predominantly white with dark wood floors and black furniture, green cushions (that match your plants) and yellow, pink or blue flowers.

m_styled-coffee-table-tom-ford-coffee-table-bookDarker rooms can be more masculine. Add white flowers such as roses, ranunculi or magnolias on dark surfaces and next to dark-themed wallpapers. For a relaxing atmosphere, create an arrangement of short white flowers in glass pots and place them next to lit candles in frosted glass.

TBR encourages you to start dressing your personal space with flowers and plants, in order to create a stress-free and enjoyable environment for you and your family. After all, you deserve the best and it only takes a quick visit down your local florist.

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We are more than happy to help you choose your flowers and create an ideal space. Just give us a call, send us an email at toby@tbrfloraldesign.co.uk 

or visit our page.

 

Two fragrant flowers for your home (and how to use them for aromatherapy)

Flowers are not just about beauty. Sure we want our indoor and outdoors to look great in any season, but are you making the most out of them?

The following suggestions exude a hypnotic fragrance and can turn your stressful day into bliss. To make use of their healing properties, how about a little home grown aromatherapy?

hyacinth (2)Gardenias and Jasmines.
Their fragrance is unlike any other. It’s soft, unisex and reminds you of a sunny day. It’s the most amazing addition to a garden or your meditation room. Grow them in an acidic and moist soil where bright light can make them strong. Placing them amongst other bushes or plants will increase humidity. Specifically the “Arabian Jasmine” can flower indoor for most of the year if it receives the right amount of sunlight and caring.

Hyacinths & Freesias

Whether it’s the beginning of spring or in the midst of winter, hyacinths are essential flowers to have in your home for fragrance. They smell the best in warm temperatures and they are available in pink, white and blue predominantly. THINKING AHEAD? If you want their fragrance to complement your Christmas dinner, purchase treated bulbs and plant them at the end of the Summer. Keep them in a dark place and each month move them to a warmer place in your house.

 

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The process of preparing petals for aromatherapy, should be a relaxing experience itself.

 

 

Once your flowers begin to whither (but not before they complete die) pick the petals and place them in piles outside in the sun. You do this by placing them on a tray and then cover them with a net (so that bugs cannot get to them). Let them dry in the sun and then put them in your bathtub. Enjoy a candle-lit relaxing evening in a bathtub enriched with fragrance (a glass of champagne, never hurt anyone).