A beauty called, Iris

With striking uniqueness and beauty, irises have rich meanings and they can convey deep sentiments.

With over 200 varieties in a wide spectrum of colours, the iris, which fittingly takes its name from the Greek word for ‘rainbow’, can be found in virtually every corner of the world, growing both naturally and horticulturally. While garden irises can come in any of these many varieties, the flower’s cut versions are mostly blue (the most popular type), white, and yellow.

The iris’s history is rich. It goes back to Ancient Greek times when the Greek Goddess Iris, who was the messenger of the gods and the embodiment of the rainbow, acted as the link between heaven and earth. Irises in purple were planted over the graves of women. This way, the Goddess Iris would accompany the departed in their afterlife journey.

Ancient Egyptian kings marveled in the iris’s exotic nature and illustrations have been found of the flower in a number of Egyptian palaces.

 

During the Middle Ages, the meaning of the iris became linked to the French monarchy, and the Fleur-de-lis eventually became the recognised national symbol of France. From their earliest years, irises were used to make perfume and as a medicinal remedy.

Today, they are primarily seen in gardens, in bouquets, and in the wild all over the world. There are some gorgeous names for the different variants of iris.

Amazing Grace, Mystic Dragon, Evening Drama, Queen of Angels, Uncle Charlie, Blonde Bearded Lady, Vision in Pink, Last Hurrah, Starlight Express,

Throughout its intricate history, the significance of the iris has come to include faith, hope and wisdom. Depending on factors such as colour and region, irises may bear additional meanings as well. In some parts of the world, the dark blue or purple iris can denote royalty, whereas the yellow iris can be a symbol of passion. Irises may also express courage and admiration.

Making the perfect Easter floral arrangement

Just in time for the chocolate bunny season, we pulled together a few ways to make the perfect Easter floral arrangement for your home.

When it comes to designing the perfect arrangement during a holiday, your options are endless. Based on your tastes and preferences, we can show you a few ways to create the most beautiful focal point for a meal.

  1. Choose a fabulous base for your design. The base can be almost anything, from a pot no longer used, a vase, a glass jar, a wooden pot, through to a deep kitchen bowl.
  2. Once you decide on the base you like then you can start thinking about decorating it. If the base is transparent then you can fill it with either small coloured eggs (fake of course) or with some special hydrating gel crystals.
  3. Finally, once you have finished, you can choose any flowers that complement your home. Place them in the decorated flower pot and then find a beautiful spot in the house, preferably the living room or the dining room, to decorate them. Try not to fill the house with too many flowers as this may not be aesthetically pleasing. Use the flowers to bring a beautiful and passionate atmosphere to your home. We love (narcissus) daffodils and lilies at Easter. Add to the whole look with black, orange and brown branches. A few glitter gold ferns can really bring out that Easter feel.

Something extra?

  1. Rosy Posy

Ideal for retro and vintage decor. Use white and pink roses mixed with ferns, rosemary and mint. These look best in pink or green pots.

2.  The easter mantlepiece

Opt for an earthy look this year, using moss, butterflies and dragonflies. You can create a stunning miniature wreath for the centre of the mantlepiece. Add lilies and narcissus in any colour (and who could say no to a couple of candles?

Tulips, mimosas, gladioli and cherry blossoms are some of the ones we use for our installations. Yellows and purple/pink colours really bring out that Easter, warm feeling in your interiors.

 

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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3 Christmas decorative plants for this season.

 

Plants have always helped celebrate a natural phenomenon; you’ll see this even today in Africa, South America or New Zealand, where locals use plants to welcome winter, longer days or rain. In tradition. plants help decorate towns, “glorify” Gods and even ward off evil spirits.

Holly, ivy and mistletoe, have been associated with Christmas decoration for more than two millennia and today, their main use is for completing the overall Christmas setting.

These plants (besides the aforementioned ones), can be used to mix & match and create your own touch this festive season. Along with decorative support such as tinsel, baubles, ostrich feathers and unusual (unique) ornaments – you may be just a step away from creating a memorable experience for your guests.

Poinsettia

This plant can last throughout the Christmas season and can be replanted for next year. When choosing your poinsettia make sure you pick the one with the darkest green foliage.

Place them somewhere where it doesn’t get too hot or too cold. The ideal temperature should be 12-15 degrees celcius, because it is a tropical flower.

If you want to reflower this, just cut the flower in March and keep the stems up to 6 inches. Repot and keep outside.

Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)

This is a very easy plant to care for. It’s called Christmas cactus because it thrives from November to January. They die in direct sunlight but they prefer a slightly colder atmosphere. If cared properly, this plant can become a part of your family, for it can live up to 20 or 30 years!

Just like you, it needs its beauty sleep, but slightly longer (14 hours a day).

Cranberry 

Cranberry doesn’t look great as a part of the Christmas installation/setting only, but it also can add more flavour to your Christmas dinner.

You can grow cranberries and enjoy their antioxidant abilities but also create a beautiful atmosphere. In a jar, glue on the bottom some rosemary leaves and spray them on top with glitter (very gently). Let it dry, then fill the jar with water, before you add cranberries and a floating white candle. Place a few of these jars on your fireplace or Christmas table to make a good impression.

Have an amazing Christmas setting? Send us your arrangements at toby@tbrfloraldesign.co.uk for a chance to see your creations featured on our blog and social media.

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Close up of red poinsettia flowers

 

 

 

Town & Country Photoshoot

photo-4-1Our aim is to reach out to as many people as possible; People who share the same passion for elegance, love for exquisite floral design and innovation.Therefore, we are often given the opportunity to collaborate with so many professionals out there, who allow us to share a little bit of our creativity, so that YOU, the audience, can relate with our “brand”, and keep TBR Floral Design as ‘high’ as you’ve kept it for so many years.

We thank you.

This week in Town & Country, we are featured along with dancers from the Royal Ballet.

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Special thanks to Anna Rosova (on set producer), Lucy Kebbell (stylist assistant) and Jacki Castelli (set design at Lalaland Artists).

See our Christmas Tree Installments from page 122.

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TBR Christmas; Interior & Dining


Tick Tock boys and girls! Christmas is officially 6 weeks away.

Don’t be a late planner; the perfect Christmas dinner needs serious planning. TBR Floral Design is all about creating the best visuals, which doesn’t happen easily but is always do-able. There are so many things you need to consider when you’re planning your Christmas dinner. Interior Aesthetics being the number one rule; from room decor to the kind of fork you’ll be using, everything needs to be perfectly selected and displayed. If you’re a person who likes to create a wow-factor and want to keep the title of the best host among your group of friends, then we might have the perfect tips for you.

The Room.

What kind of interior do you like? Have you a got a rustic taste or maybe a late Victorian? Ultra-luxurious or neoclassic? It doesn’t matter. The only thing you need to worry about, is the colours that dominate each room.

If you have a primarily white themed house, then create a Christmas display with white, silver-grey and sky-blue decorations. We love short white and crystal-clear vases (preferably square-shaped), in which you can place small white baubles topped with hydrangeas and hyacinths. Somewhere in the vase place one or two sky blue baubles for contrast. Place them perfectly aligned on a fireplace mantel with tinsel or other smaller ornaments. Let your creativity flow and really think about the countless decorations you can make with just a few vases, tinsel, baubles, white flowers and some spray. For a more dramatic effect, place a few branches inside very tall vases (that you’ll be placing next to a fireplace or on top of the dinner table) and spray them with glittery-silver paint. White and black branches make a great combination.firplace-3

If your rooms are colourful, then opt for Christmas ornaments that match the room’s dominating colours. Always contrast them with black, white, green and cerulean – we find that these colours never fail to inspire.

 

The Dinner Table

You might be the kind of person who hates the traditional white/red/green christmas table decorations, so we’re gonna give you a few different options.

The traditional:

Buy a red table cloth (preferably plain – no Santa or reindeers on it – Tucky is not a TBR attribute). Place green and white placemats for each guest and leave room in the middle line of the table for the flower decoration and the turkey. It’s always best to keep the food on a buffet instead of putting everything on top of the table. The table displays should never feel crammed.

Break the contrast with some black plates (or just red) and make sure your tea-towels are of similar colour.

The flower arrangement (if you’re going for the traditional), it’s what creates the jaw-dropping effect. Combine mistletoe with white roses and of course white and red candles.

The luxurious TBR design


White white white.

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White table cloth with silver place-mats (we love these ones from Maisons du Monde and Amara). On top of your silver plates place your tea-towels wrapped in silver holders or a name tag). Your middle flower arrangement should consist of tall vases with long white flowers, baubles, silver-sprayed plants and lots of white candles. Frosted Glass for candles give the display a warmer feeling.

FEELING  INSPIRED? Take a look at some of our previous installations.

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Stay tuned because we’re announcing our first winner on Wednesday!!! Have you entered yet? You still have 3 days. Simply click on THIS picture and then Like it. 

Thank you,

TBR Team.

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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One Great George Street Showcase Event (Tuesday, Sep 27th)

We said we’d be there and we kept our promise; The One Great George Street Wedding showcase event was a success.

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At one of London’s most prestigious locations, we brought together class, elegance and style with a variety of floral combinations or you.

The idea was simple; we wanted to give you a taste of having a grandiose wedding in this Westminster building. The venue looked spectacular, bathed in a an abundance of (primarily) white floral selections, candles and exquisite table settings. The goal was to make this showcase as realistic as possible as if a wedding were actually taking place that day.

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The Great Hall – where your wedding dinner takes place – was an awe-inspiring opportunity to appreciate the grandeur one experiences as you step inside for the first time.

TBR creations were also visible in the lobby as well as staircase; elegant, pure with the occasional dramatic twist.

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Along with the rest of the staff, we were there to guide you and answer any questions you might had.

If you would like more information about One Great George Street, click on their website and follow their twitter network.

We were delighted to see so many of you there.

Until next year.