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

 

Darling dahlias, part 1 – Friday Flowers

Dahlias has always been one of my favourite flowers for many reasons. As with fashion and interiors, trends often repeat itself and so it is the same with flowers. It seems like the dahlia has made a come-back in the last few years, no doubt, thanks to the vintage look that has been so popular in interiors. Here’s a few of the dahlias that I have been growing in my garden.

Dahlia selection from my garden

Dahlia selection from my garden

Their colours are so vibrant, ranging from pure white shading to yellow, orange, pinks, purple not forgetting the dark red and almost black ones. With varied styles like round pom-pom ones that get fuller and rounder as they open, to the more flat ones with narrow pointy leaves, or the colour shading of the dipped-in-dye-look and then also the elegant flat leaved anemone style ones, I adore them all.

Garden dahlia's in coloured champagne flutes.

Garden dahlia’s in coloured champagne flutes.

A simple display of single stems in coloured champagne flutes make a striking display on my side table.

Garden dahlia's in vintage turquoise milk glass urnGarden dahlia's in vintage turquoise milk glass urn

Garden dahlia’s in vintage turquoise milk glass urn

The same dahlias I then also cut very short and put them in a vintage turquoise milk glass urn, I just had to see what the turquoise and pink combo looks like.

Photos, Styling and Feature by Theoda Solms Iles

A Happy Bunch – Friday Flowers

Bright colours make me feel so happy inside and I think that is just one of the many reasons I love flowers so much. I would imagine this is the same for a lot of flower lovers. This simple arrangement includes only three types of flowers, all picked from my small garden. The deep blue-purple of the delphinium sets of the pinks in the dahlia and the hydrangea beautifully and arranged in the green vintage glass vase, one of my favourite vases, they look spectacular. Now these floral beauties take pride of place in my little girls room. (See more of her room in my next post. Subscribe now, not to miss out.)

Delphiniums, Dahlias & Hydrangea in vintage green glass vase

Delphiniums, Dahlias & Hydrangea in vintage green glass vase

 

Deep Purple Delphinium

Deep Purple Delphinium

 

Pink Lace Hydrangea

Pink Lace Hydrangea

 

Pink Dahlia

Pink Dahlia

 

Photography & Styling, Theoda Solms Iles

PS: I don’t use filters or photoshop for these photos, they are all true to their colours and look.