Bring Your Garden To Life

On a rather dull, wet morning in early February, in a photo location studio under railway arches in East London, a team of talented ‘creatives’ got together to create How To Bring Your Garden To Life for Wyevale Garden Centres. I was commissioned to style the looks for the Summer Outdoor shoot for Wyevale. It was also such a privileged to work with the super talented Photographer, Nato Welton, and under the brilliant direction of Creative Director, Mark Forsyth. We had quite a lot to do in just one day but had a brilliant supporting team that wasn’t shy of getting wet, or getting their hands dirty by putting down gravel and replanting plants.

I am thrilled with the outcome of these shots! One would never have guessed that it was done on a rainy day in February under bare brick railway arches. The beauty of hard work, a brilliant team and when a plan comes together.

Outdoor Living Alfresco Style

Outdoor Lounge - Wyevale Garden Centres Summer Shoot

Above: Harlestone lounging set, £1,099.  Mexican Azteca chimenea, lrg £69.99.  Mona green cushion, £12.99.  Black bamboo 12ltr, £59.99.  French bulldog, £59.99  Glass bottle garden terrarium, £24.99.   Cheese Dome and serving set, 3-piece,  £44.99.  All Wyevale Garden Centres

Grow Your Own

Botanical Pottering Shed - Wyevale Garden Centres Summer Shoot

Above: 4-Tier compact growhouse, £29.99.  Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew bug study mug, £4.99.   Garden guide books, from £2.99.   Flowering bulbs, from £3.99.   Jute balls, from £1.99.   Vertical planter, £6.99.   Spear & Jackson County stainless steel hand tools, from £7.99.   RHS glazed pots, from £9.99.   Burgon & Ball traditional trug, from £19.99.   Peat free fibre pots, from £2.49.   Spear & Jackson County stainless steel digging spade / fork, £25.99 each. All, Wyevale Garden Centers

Botanical Pottering Shed

Botanical Pottering Shed - Wyevale Garden Centres Summer Shoot

End Of Day Retreat

Rocking Chair  - Wyevale Garden Centres Summer Shoot

Above:  Hanoi rocker, £179.00.   Helleborus, £12.99.   Bumblebee cushion, £14.99.   RHS glazed pots, from £9.99.   Muscari, from £2.29.   Floral candle holder, £6.99.   Garden guide books, from £2.99.   Heather, 5ltr, £16.99. All, Wyevale Garden Centers

Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea - Wyevale Garden Centres Summer Shoot

Above:  Pink country cottage nest box, £19.99.   Photinia 1⁄2 standards, from £39.99.   Welbeck bistro set, various colours, £149.00.   Burgon & Ball traditional trug, from £19.99.   Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew tea towel, £8.99.   Portmeirion range, from £19.99.   Foxglove cushion, £14.99.   Nandina domestica, from £24.99.   Heather, 5ltr, £16.99.   RHS glazed pots, from £9.99.  Primrose, £3.99.   Cotswold buff chippings 15-20mm, £5.99.   Chiffon scarves, £5.99. All, Wyevale Garden Centres

A Secret Hideaway

Picnic in a Colourful Garden - Wyevale Garden Centres Summer Shoot

Above:  AFK Cottage arbour in heritage sage and cream, £399.00.  Photinia 1⁄2 standards, from £39.99.   Fashion scarves, £9.99.   Alma green cushion, £12.99.   Astelia silver sphere or silver shadow, £16.99.   Wicker picnic basket, £129.99.   Primrose, 10.5cm, £1.29.   Slate, £5.99 per 25kg bag. All Wyevale Garden Centres

The Playful Garden

Playful Garden  - Wyevale Garden Centres Summer Shoot

Above:  Forest Cottage play house, £429.99.   Windmills, from £2.99.   Primrose bowl, £6.99.   Primrose, 10.5cm, £1.29.   Terracotta pots, from 99p.   Kid’s welly boots, £9.99.   Watering can set, £14.99.    Rustic trough primrose, £16.99.   Leucothoe scarletta, from £9.99.  Kid’s gardening broom and spade, from £5.99.   Sand and water table, £49.99.   Toy BBQ set, £24.99.   Deluxe picnic table with sandpit and water tray, £129.99.   Scuttle bug beetle, £29.99.   Tortoise, from £7.99.   Kid’s gardening tools, 3 pack, £4.99.   Briers kid’s carry bag set, £14.99. All Wyevale Garden Centres

Styling & Feature, Theoda Solms Iles

Photos, Nato Welton

Art Direction, Mark Forsyth

Images Supplied by Wyevale Garden Centres 


Set for tea time – Friday Flowers

The beauty of flowers is that they look pretty in just about any vessel. Here I used my espresso cups as vases to hold little flowers for a small tea party gathering I hosted at home. Nothing fancy I can assure you, however my little blooms in the small cups, did steal the show.

Espresso cups with Viburnum, Muscari and Forget-me-nots

Espresso cups with Viburnum, Muscari and Forget-me-nots

I hope this easy idea inspire you to create something similar, using what you have at home and very few flowers indeed. The espresso cups are from a very old Cath Kidston range, probably classified as “vintage Cath Kidston” by now. The lovely pale blue plates is part of a range called Asiatic Pheasants by Burleigh, a reproduction form the original antique range with the same name. The pretty embroidered napkins in pale blue and mint and also a vintage charity shop find and the soften the look.

Tea table decoration

Tea table decoration

Styling and Photography by Theoda Solms Iles

A Colourful Lineup – Friday Flowers

This week was a rather busy week and I felt like I need a little pick-me-up from my ‘Friday Flowers’, so I decided to make use of the brightest spring blooms and create a line of colour to decorate my very thin mantelpiece. I used cute bud vases in an array of colours and fill them with stems of lime green Viburnum, violet Anemone and purple Muscari. The vases, as much as the flowers, are part of this show. A colourful lineup to cheer up the day.

A Colourful Collection

A Colourful Collection

Photos and Styling by Theoda Solms Iles

Easy Easter Flowers – Friday Flowers

Easter is my favourite holiday because it is bright, colourful, sometimes sunny and it includes chocolate, lots of chocolate. It has always been a time for easy get-togethers, a BBQ, a picnic or a pub lunch in the sun. For us it definitely includes long dog walks, ending up with sampling a local cider along the way.  This weekend I’m having friends around for a “braai” (Afrikaans for BBQ) and to pretty up the house, I made this cute flower display.

Flowers in egg cups for Easter

Flowers in egg cups for Easter

During this time of year my numerous cake stands comes to use, very frequently. This gorgeous white Sophie Conran cake stand, doubles up as a platform for my flowers and Easter eggs. I have used egg cups, also form Sophie Conran, as mini vases to hold my little blooms. Add a few foil wrapped eggs for an Easter feel. I will use this Easter display as a table centre, but I think it will look just as pretty as a ‘welcome’ in the hall.

Flowers up-close

Flowers up-close

The flowers I have used are; purple-blue muscari, vibrant lime viburnum, violet anemones and sky blue forget-me-nots. The cute egg cups with the stripes and birdie motive is from What A Lovely Shop. A colourful feast for the eyes, Happy Easter, everyone!

Photography & Styling, Theoda Solms Iles 

Muscari in Ruan Hoffmann vase – Friday Flowers

This gorgeous Jardin Des Plantes Vase by Ruan Hoffmann was given to me as a gift, already planted up with a hyacinth. So when it finished blooming, I looked for another flowering bulb to plant inside. I found these cute white grape hyacinths, Muscari, as they are also known.

Grape Hyacinths in Ruan Hoffmann planter

Grape Hyacinths in Ruan Hoffmann planter

The Jardin Des Plantes Vase by South African ceramic artist, Ruan Hoffmann, is part of a fabulous collection in a new collaboration with Anthropologie. This range reminds me a bit of Dutch Delftware, a wonderful new take on an age old traditional design.

Grape Hyacinths in Ruan Hoffmann planter

Grape Hyacinths in Ruan Hoffmann planter & silver creamer

I also planted some of the leftover bulbs in an antique silver creamer. I like the reflections in the gold of the vase and the tainted silver of the creamer jug.

Photos & Styling by Theoda Solms Iles