Floral Trends of 2018: Our picks!

You are probably thanking the universe for this glorious summer the UK is experiencing right now. A satisfactory temperature that prompts you to spend the afternoon in the garden, with a book in one hand and a glass of Pimms in the other.

Wouldn’t it be better if you dragged that good old summery vibe indoors?

We are a nation filled with artistic imagination, which is why every year we seek to jazz up our indoor and outdoor floral patterns with a variety of colours. Last year, we saw a big demand for ‘Cafe au lait’ & ‘Labyrinth’ Dahlias as well as soft, pink arrangements.

This year, we accentuate the use of pastel and muddy colours for that ‘au naturel’ look and combine that with bronze and faded green ferns and leaves

For most brides this year, the desired look for weddings has been the most subtle of styles, the English Garden. This style has always been a winner when it comes to creating a familiar environment for any event, without taking away the natural ambience that comes with it.

Opt for a selection of roses such as the Madame Alfred Carriere, Buff Beauty, with a ‘dash’ of Clematis Etoile Violette to give a wow factor to your floral arrangement. These pale colours, in contrast with a secondary colour, give the feeling of strolling through English Gardens. 

Pale Blush Ranunculae bulbs are in high demand this year. This is the perfect time to incorporate them into your own designs before the weather gets too hot. 

Let’s not forget peonies and especially the Hybrid, Athena and Baroness Schroeder. These work great with a subtle dose of Birch and Asparagus fern, or astilbe to bring out their clear, silky paleness.

 

Gratitude Flowers (because you need a change from 2016)

We often take the wonderful gifts of nature for granted. Mother Earth, has provided us with the most beautiful “jewels” that come in various colours and smells. Psychologically, we associate with most flowers for they tend to change the mood we are in; indeed one simple act of presenting a loved one with a flower, can turn their ‘rainy’ day into a ‘sunny’ one. Why do we neglect these glorious beauties?

Some cultures take flowers seriously. They’re more than just some decorations in your room or garden additions. They represent beauty, energy, purity, and symbolize love, affection and happiness.

Considering how much terror, hatred and cruelty this past year has given us, it’s only wise we turn towards things that make us feel happier. We need to act different in order to change our worrisome and negative personalities into pure kind ones. Call it meditation or prayer; it doesn’t matter. One of the things you need to do, is simply pick a flower and give it to somebody you care.

In 1969 in Woodstock, love saw no barriers and the message against wars was evident. It was also obvious that their signs and faces were covered in flowers, literally. But should we remember the purest things on Earth only when we feel the anger and evil around us? TBR urges you in 2017 to make room for more love in your lives and it all starts with gratitude.

This is why, we call January our gratitude month. A month to pick your most favourite flowers and create a bouquet for the person/people you love or even strangers on the street.

Make a change today, will you?

Some Gratitude Flowers and Facts.

 

Azalea

These are also known as the Garden Royals.

They need specific acidic soil to blossom.

With over 10k different types, all looking similar, it’s hard to tell them apart.

They have their own festival in Japan and Korea.

 

Campanula (Harebell)

This word means small bell in greek.

They can survive for more than 2 years in the wild.

it was the primary source for blue dye in the past

 

Hydrangea.

They can grown almost everywhere in the world and there’s about 80 species of them

In Asia, if you give somebody pink hydrangea that means you’re in love with them.

They’re highly toxic

 

DARK PINK ROSE

This is the most common gratitude flower. We suggest a beautiful bouquet with hydrangeas, and dark pink roses for a sign of gratitude. It might not change the world, but it will change somebody’s day.

 

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Post Holiday “Blooms”…

Say goodbye to this festive season. You have exactly 11 months before you start worrying about next year’s Christmas flower arrangements.

For now, it’s time to get motivated and start preparing for the year ahead. Keen gardeners and lovers of petals, how about this:

January

For now, just focus on making 2017 a bright, colourful and spectacular year and your gardens even brighter. This month is also known as the “detox” month.

This might be the same for your garden; It’s the time to clean up your gardens just in time for Spring. This is the coldest month of the year, therefore not much planting can be done. This is why we urge you to focus only on tidying up your garden.

Our somehow-neglected gardens need thorough cleaning. Start by removing dead leaves, branches as well as cleaning pots thoroughly.

This is the time to buy your seeds (but don’t plant just yet).

February

Towards the end of February – when the weather allows the occasional sunshine – start planting your daffodils, fuschias and primroses. At the same time, protect your plants from the snow and the frost to avoid any damage. Roses are the best seeds to plant in February.

February is the love month, so stay tuned because later on this month, we’ll be sharing some amazing tips on unique Valentine’s Day flower arrangements (for you to create at home), to surprise your loved ones.

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