The next stop on my flower journey through South Africa brings me to my parents home. In my eyes, my mom is the master and oracle of all things floral! From fresh flowers to floral prints, designs and art – she knows and loves them all. Gerda Solms has the ability to arrange flowers in such an effortlessly way, she makes it look so easy as if everyone can do it. It might sound like I’m showing off with my mom, and I unashamedly am, because it is my mom, so do forgive me.
A green and autumnal foliage display gets a lift with fruit and red love-lies-bleeding.
Green foliage, fern, white lily, rose hip, white asters and trailing jasmin looks great in this urn on the side table.
Below is another corner that doesn’t get left out, here fragrant rose geranium, lavender, grey dusty miller, red love-lies-bleeding and a selection of exotic red plants from the bromelia family, dress this antique chest by the window.
Above: Love-lies-bleeding or amaranths. Selection of foliage, dusty miller, rose geranium, fern, lavender. Two red plants are types of the bromelia-family.
Here my mom and my little girl are picking the flowers for the above arrangement.
My Mom Gerda and Dad Theobald Solms.
Feature & photos by Theoda Solms Iles
All flower displays by Gerda Solms in her home at Bredasdorp, South Africa.