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


Cream of the crop – Friday Flowers

I hope you would forgive me today, as I feel slightly smug showing off my beautiful garden roses. Freshly picked from my garden, ‘The Generous Gardener’ (Ausdrawn) is a Rose by David Austin. These flowers are from a climber plant and they bloom so generously from early in the season. The flowers are exquisite and of the old fashioned rose types and with a strong musky scent, so rare in new roses today.

'The Generous Gardener' (Ausdrawn) Roses

‘The Generous Gardener’ (Ausdrawn) Roses

This rose climber grows against my unsightly garage wall. A rather bland brick wall my french doors look out over. However, within the first year of planting two of these rose plants, they already bloomed enough for me to picked generously from, we were so surprised with their rapid growth. Within two years they covered the boring garage wall and now we are left with a show of beautiful roses in abundance. I will also let you know that I am no rose expert, but after having had great success with two other David Austin rose plants in my garden, I recently got a fourth type that I planted at my front door, I will let you know how that one is getting on. I just believe that the David Austin roses are the best and it is so worth investing in them and the varieties they have are incredible.

Freshly picked from my garden, 'The Generous Gardener' (Ausdrawn) Roses

Freshly picked from my garden, ‘The Generous Gardener’ (Ausdrawn) Roses


Photos and styling (and rose growing) by Theoda Solms Iles

Perfect for the weekend – Friday Flowers

On Wednesday I attended a press launch of online fashion and interiors retailer Isme. At their launch they had this cute ‘flower stall’ run by a freelance Florist named Gemma Hickman of FlutterBy Flowers. Just look at this pretty little bouquet Gemma made for me. I adore the combination of pale greens and musky pinks coming alive with a bright colour injection of shocking pink Sweet Williams. I also like all the foliage Gemma used, especially the Panicum Fountain Grass, giving it a soft misty look. Now I have my flowers, perfect and ready for the weekend.

Bouquet created by Flutterby Flowers by Gemma Hickman

Bouquet created by FlutterBy Flowers by Gemma Hickman

I was so excited to bring my bouquet home as I already knew exactly in which vase I would arrange them.

Bouquet in my Pewter urn on my dresser

Bouquet in my Pewter urn on my dresser

Flowers Close-up

Flowers Close-up

I fell in love with the Astrantia (major rosita) which I have never come across before and the pale pink of the Astilbe (Europa) was also new to me.

Astilbe (Europa) Astrantia (major rosita) Roses (upper secret antique pink) Sweet Williams (English sweet Williams)

Astilbe (Europa)
Astrantia (major rosita)
Roses (upper secret antique pink)
Sweet Williams (English sweet Williams)


Main flower shots styled and photographed by Theoda Solms Iles.

Collage shot of four flower types, by Gemma Hickman of FlutterBy Flowers