Easter & Spring Wreath

Easter is my favourite holiday and not only because of the chocolate indulgence but also the abundance of flowers that are becoming so readily available. I kind of much prefer it over Christmas. However, the one thing Christmas has that I do like, is Christmas wreaths, so why not borrow the wreath idea and reinvent your own version for spring and Easter.

 

Easter & Spring wreath made from long holly tendrils, pansy and moss & twigs

 

I made this simple wreath yesterday afternoon from three long Holly bush tendrils that I tied together with bits of wire. Luckily the holly leaves are not too obvious holly shaped! These tendrils are long and very flexibly, you need a bendy plant to make it easier. You can also use willow branches, pussy willow or forsythia for colour (alternatively, buy a ready-made wreath form any florist or craft shop).

For my Spring and Easter touch, I added a purple miniature pansy plant, complete with roots and soil that I wrapped with moss. I’m resting the plant on top of more moss tying it all to the wreath with twine. I finished it off with a few dried bendy twigs that I twisted together to give the illusion of a nest. Adding artificial eggs will also look cute. I initially made this wreath for the front door, but now I like it so much inside, I think it can stay right where it is.

 

Easter & Spring wreath made from long holly tendrils, pansy and moss & twigs

 

 

 

Easter & Spring wreath made from long holly tendrils, pansy and moss & twigs

 

Feature, Styling and Photos by Theoda Solms Iles

A Home Filled with Flowers – Friday Flowers

My Flower journey through South Africa continues and my next stop is visiting my eldest sister, Hanli Smuts. Hanli & Anton lives on a gorgeous wine and fruit farm in the fertile Robertson valley, right on the banks of the Breede River. Their garden is absolutely gorgeous and Hanli grows the most beautiful cut flowers. Sometimes, she has so many flowers and foliage, she has to cut bunches and supply to florists, just to spread the wealth and prevent them from going to waste. I stayed with Hanli for 3 days and just about every corner of her home was dressed with beautiful flower moments, just as you’d expect.

Grey foliage and dahlias

A subtle and romantic grey theme for the guest bathroom. Grey foliage of the dusty millar and a hit of pink and purple dahlias adorning glass bud vases.

 

flower arrangements of dahlias, hydrangea, roses, & red amaranths

A few of the flower arrangements through her home; pink dahlias, roses, red and green amaranths, pink and green hydrangea and a prized deep red cockscomb, all being showed off in a selection of vintage vases.

 

flowers paintings by Nelia Du Toit

An eclectic picture gallery with the obligatory floral paining or more! The two Iris paintings (top left and middle) as well as the white tulip painting (top right), are all by my other sister, the artist Nelia Solms du Toit (yes, I have 3 sisters and a brother!)

 

flower arrangements of dahlias, hydrangea, roses, & red amaranths

 

vintage wall scones filled with fresh herbs and dahlias

Even Hanli’s kitchen sink area allows for a beautiful flower display. Antique wall scones are filled with herbs Hanli uses for cooking daily. By just adding the odd dahlia for colour, this practical solutions becomes a beautiful statement.

Feature & Photos by Theoda Solms Iles

Flowers grown and displayed by Hanli Smuts, Robertson, South Africa

 

Fragrant Burgundy roses – Friday Flowers

A year ago, I visited my family in South Africa. I managed to be in the country for quite a while and so I could spend precious time with each of my siblings and parents. While I was there I took a few pictures of gorgeous flowers and in the next few weeks here on Friday Flowers, I will show you these.

Feast your eye on these burgundy beauties, they are roses from my sister, Ursula Solms’, garden. The dark ones are called, Burgundy Iceberg and the red ones are the very fragrant Papa Meiland. They just look fabulous on their own, nothing more is needed, no foliage even showing. I love how she styled them in an antique brass urn next to the vintage silver trophy and mimicking the fabulous painting in the background (incidentally,  painted by my other sister, Nelia Solms du Toit).

red garden roses, vintage silver trophy, painting artwork, Papa Meiland and Burgundy Iceberg

 

red garden roses, vintage silver trophy, painting artwork, Papa Meiland and Burgundy IcebergBurgundy Iceberg

red garden roses, vintage silver trophy, painting artwork Papa Meiland and Burgundy IcebergPapa Meiland

 

Feature & Photos by Theoda Solms Iles 

Flowers and display by Ursula Solms, Somerset West, South Africa.

The Herb Garden by Jo Malone London – Friday Flowers

Every time the prestigious fragrance house, Jo Malone London, launches a new fragrance, I think; how can it possibly be more special than the previous one? And every time I’m totally bowled over, and this being no exception (secretly I think this is my ultimate favourite!). As a lover of the colour green and green scents, this collection ticks all the boxes for me. I love that there are 5 different fragrances in 30ml bottles so that you can add to your collection and layer the scents. Just look at the fabulous collection below and as they have just launched in stores, tell me what is your favourite.

Jo Malone London Herb Garden launch

The Herb Garden consists of five 30ml colognes; Wild Strawberry & Parsley, Sorrel & Lemon Thyme, Nasturtium & Clover, Carrot Blossom & Fennel, Lavender & Coriander

Jo Malone London Herb Garden launch

 

Jo Malone London Herb Garden launch. Sorrel & Lemon Thyme, Wild Strawberry & Parsley, Nasturtium & Clover, Carrot Blossom & Fennel, Lavender & Coriander

Smelling the colognes on tester cards right next to the fresh growing herb plants, was such an exciting and captivating experience.

Jo Malone London Herb Garden launch. Sorrel & Lemon Thyme, Wild Strawberry & Parsley, Nasturtium & Clover, Carrot Blossom & Fennel, Lavender & Coriander

The Jo Malone London townhouse was totally transformed into a herb garden. A stone gravel garden path that’s planted on both sides with fragrant herbs and foliage, led us through to the potted room, that reminded me of an orangery. Here old rustic pots that have been planted up are forming part of an aromatic potted wall structure, showcasing all the herbs involved to create this delectable collection.

Jo Malone London Herb Garden launch. Sorrel & Lemon Thyme, Wild Strawberry & Parsley, Nasturtium & Clover, Carrot Blossom & Fennel, Lavender & Coriander

Jo Malone London Herb Garden launch. Sorrel & Lemon Thyme, Wild Strawberry & Parsley, Nasturtium & Clover, Carrot Blossom & Fennel, Lavender & Coriander

 

feature by Theoda Solms Iles

photos by Theoda Solms Iles & Jo Malone London