Easter Flowers & Chocolates

Easter is my favourite time of year. The abundance of chocolate and colourful flowers might have something to do with it.

Get creative with spring flowers and bulbs and plant a flower arrangement for the Easter weekend. Below is just such an arrangement I made using a wide mouthed urn. The cut flowers are drinking from water filled jars that’s hidden by moss and planted primulas. I added bulb plants like hyacinths for fragrances and that spring feeling. Blossom branches adds texture and a bit of drama. If you don’t have an urn, a shallow bowl or tray will work too.

Spring urn flowers for Easter

Spring urn flowers for Easter

After playing around with this flower garden, I think it’s ok to over indulge in some Easter chocolate. I could not resist adding the very new Gin & Elderflower tipple into the mix.

Easter chocolate are not just for kids, right? See my selection of the best Easter chocolates with the grown-up’s in mind:

 

Easter Chocolate Aldi, Hotel Chocolat, Betty's, Warner Edwards Harrington Elderflower Gin

 

Now for the more colourful and fun-loving choices:

Easter Chocolate, Prestat, Waitrose, M&S, Sainsbury's

 

Shopping Credits:

Specially Selected Exquisite Easter Egg, £7.99, Aldi

Extra thick egg with choc  selection, £27, Hotel Chocolat

Medium milk chocolate spring flowers egg, £27.50, Betty’s

Warner Edwards Harrington Elderflower Gin, £33, Amazon

Hazelnut Chocolate Truffle in a Real Eggshell, £4.95,  Prestat

Fiona Cairns  cupcakes, from £1.25 each, Waitrose

Beau Bunny, £2.50, M&S
Hen House eggs, £15, M&S

Easter Bunny pack, £2.50, Sainsbury’s

 

Feature and Flower photos: Theoda Solms Iles

The Simple Things – Friday Flowers

It’s often the simple things in life that makes all the difference. The past few weeks saw the emerging of purple crocuses painting the lawns purple, lively bushes of snowdrops seem to sprung up overnight and the daffodils have surprised us in early December. But none of those made my heart smile as much as this little posy of wild growing park flowers. My little 4-year-old daughter picked them for me on the way home from school. The simple things are often the best; we must just open ourselves up to them more often and make time to stop to smell and roses, in this case, the daffodils!

The Simple Things

The Simple Things – Daffodil, Snowdrop, Crocus & Dandelion.

PS: Incidentally, all the flowers she picked happen to match the colours in my dress I wore that day, just perfectly, a stylists dream!

 

Photo & Words by Theoda Solms Iles

Preview M&S Spring Flowers

Whenever I need to buy flowers in hurry, I dash down to my nearest M&S as I pretty much know what I can get, good quality fresh seasonal flowers. They also have the odd exotic mix like their popular Fynbos bouquet and then their Autograph roses are just gorgeous and great value. The latest spring flower selection is huge and will include a favourite for everyone, narcissi, daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, all available en-mass. Below are a selection, seen at their press show a few weeks ago, of what we can expect this spring and summer, some are already available online and in store.

Spring flowers from M&S

Spring flowers from M&S

Lovely mixed bouquets in an array of colours and also flowering gifts in cute containers like teapots, tins or pots.

Spring flowers from M&S

A wide selection of spring flowers from M&S

 

I bet you’ve never thought of enlisting them with supplying your wedding flowers? This is already their second season offering this exclusive online serves offering pretty bridal bouquets (bride and bridesmaid hand-ties), simple table centres, button-holes for the gents. New additions to the collection are pretty potted roses and name tags that you can personalise, there are also bay trees, ideal for dressing entrances. This is the perfect option for the bride who still wants something lovely and stylish but is realistic about budgets, and this option is totally hassle free.

Wedding Flowers by M&S

Wedding Flower, bouquets by M&S

Wedding Table Flowers by M&S

Wedding Table Flowers, bay trees & potted roses with personalised name tags, all by M&S

Feature and Photos by Theoda Solms Iles

Blooming Marvellous – Friday Flowers

As the week is drawing to a close and so is The Chelsea Flower Show, (arguably the most prestigious horticultural show in the world), it would be scandalous not to show you the marvellous flowers that was out on display in the Grand Pavillion. Feast your eyes on these beauties,  I had a tough job editing my photos, not to bore or overload you in the process. Here are some of the thousands of blooms out on display.

Peonies

Peonies

Clematis

Clematis

Daffodils

Daffodils

Delphiniums

Delphiniums

Hyacinths

Hyacinths

Irises

Irises

Lupins

Lupins

I can safely report, there is not a single blemish on any petals or leaves, truly remarkable. I Hope this has provided inspiration for us all to grow more lovely cut flowers to adorn our gardens and living spaces. In my eyes flowers are natures little pick-me-up tonics for us all to enjoy.

Photos by Theoda Solms Iles

Daffodils – Friday Flowers

To me daffodils are like ‘sunshine on a stem’. They are the yellow beacons I search out in those dull early mornings running for the station. And as the seasons change from winter to spring, my mom back in South Africa always asks, “are the daffodils out yet?” A kind of measure as to say, “don’t worry spring is around the corner”. So on my way to-and-from the station, I pass so many bright daffs, so I thought, let me see how many different ones I can spot on my route. So here they are, a line-up on my wall.

Daffodils

Daffodils

Don’t worry, no daffodils were hurt during the photography of this set, they all made it into a pretty vase at the end of the day.

Photography & Styling by Theoda Solms Iles