We all know that getting out into the fresh air can have a positive effect on our mental health and wellbeing. Whether it is going for a daily walk in the countryside or taking your dogs out to your local park, being outside can be a real mood booster. It is therefore no surprise that many of you have chosen to bring nature indoors by adding houseplants to your interior. Surrounding yourself with palms, ferns or aloe vera can be incredibly calming and fantastic for your mental health.
However, as our lives get busier, making sure you keep on top of the watering, feeding and general maintenance needed to keep your plants healthy, can be one more thing you would rather not have on your to do list. That’s why we have created a range of Essential Greens to enable you to enjoy all the benefits of adding greenery without any of the daily upkeep.
The latest addition to our collection is the stunning Kentia Palm. Planted in an on-trend hand woven basket and finished with real moss, it is designed to add impact to your open plan kitchen, garden room or even bathroom. Our Kentia Palm is so botanically correct with its paler upper leaves and darker undersides, that visitors to your home won’t know that it’s faux.
The entire Essential Greens collection has been designed to be as botanically correct and realistic as possible. Here are our current five favourites from the collection for bringing the outside in:
- Top of our list has to be the fantastic, vibrant, green Kentia Palm. We are so pleased with the look of this plant and are sure it will make a real impact in your homes as well.
- Add a touch of the Mediterranean to your interiors with the Peony Olive Tree in a grey ceramic vessel. This stunning, versatile piece is sure to be a real conversation starter!
- Update your garden room with our elegant, tall Artificial Fern which has been finished with real moss and set into a modern, marble effect ceramic. It is so realistic that you won’t be able to stop yourself from touching this luscious fern every time you walk past.
- Our Real Touch Aloe Vera and Succulents are presented in a black ceramic bowl and finished with real gravel. Perfect for adding a touch of green to your home office.
- Finally, for our creative Peony fans, we have a gorgeous selection of individual stems for you to arrange. A particular favourite is the real touch Green Foliage with Pink Tones with its variegated leaves. The stems look stunning in a vessel on their own, or can be added to a larger arrangement of your favourite Peony stems.
For many of us, Sweet Peas are an essential part of an English country garden, but did you know that they were only introduced to Britain in the late 1700s? The plant was first discovered in Southern Italy and the Mediterranean in the 1600s but it took until the late 1800s before they were widely grown and cultivated in Britain. One of the most renowned Sweet Pea growers was Henry Eckford who started a nursery in Wem, right here in the Shropshire countryside. Eckford’s “Grandiflora” varieties are still among the most popular grown by British gardeners today.
Traditionally, Sweet Peas were given as a gift to say goodbye or as a thank you. As spring is the season of new beginnings, we think Sweet Peas are the perfect flower to display in your home to mark the changing of the season. Keeping with traditions, Sweet Peas also make the perfect gift to say thank you to any family or friends who you may have visited, or are planning on visiting over the next few weeks. Or, you could take inspiration from the French, where they have long been given as a wedding gift to brides to offer good luck and best wishes for married life.
Sweet Peas generally flower throughout June and July and are renowned for their highly perfumed scent. Enjoy this short-lived flower all year round by purchasing one of our pre-made bouquets or individual stems. Spray your flowers with our delicious Sweet Pea Fragrance to enjoy the scent of freshly cut flowers all year long.
Don’t forget, we also have 20% off absolutely everything on our website until Friday 22nd April 2022!
It’s no surprise that Holly features as December’s birth flower (although we know technically it isn’t a flower). You’ll struggle to find a house in Britain at Christmas time that doesn’t have a sprig on Holly somewhere!
Thought to symbolise protection and defence (the spiky edges must have something to do with this), Holly is a gorgeous feature in any arrangement at this time of year.
As for the Narcissus, Greek mythology tells us that the Narcissus was formed when a man known for his beauty, was told he would live a long and happy life, as long as he never looked at his own reflection. He spent his life rejecting all love interests until fell in love with his own reflection in a lake became so obsessed that he fell in and drowned.
The Narcissus is known for symbolising good wishes, faithfulness and respect and the clean, white Narcissus is a beautiful December flower that would look beautiful in any home.
There’s something very special about receiving a personalised gift and choosing flowers that correspond to the lucky recipient’s birth month is a lovely way to show you care.
November is the month of the wonderful Chrysanthemum.
A bright and cheerful flower, that can be found in an amazing array of colours and sizes, the Chrysanthemum is a stunning addition to any garden or bouquet. They are often referred to as ‘mum’s and the Australian’s often give them as gifts on Mother’s Day for this very reason. The chrysanthemum is also the city flower of Beijing and Kaifeng!
Often known for symbolising honesty, Chrysanthemum’s actually tend to symbolise different things to different nationalities and to make it more confusing, they that often contradict each other!
In some places the symbolise love and passion, in others sorrow. In Japan they believe that finding a Chrysanthemum petal at the bottom of a wine glass will bring you a happy and healthy life!
Nevertheless, they are a stunning flower that make a wonderful and thoughtful gift all year round and we love using them in our arrangements.