Lamber de Bie is a Dutch Master florist who studies for seven years in his native Holland to become a Dutch Master Florist.
Lamber and his partner Pat run 3 very sucessful retail florist stores in Waterford & Kilkenny, Ireland since 2000. Over the years Lamber and his team of qualified florists have been honoured to be part of many brides wedding day by providing flowers for an ever growing client list of Lamber de bie Flowers.
As garden wedding ceremonies are getting more popular in Ireland over the past years we’d love to show you what we can do with our floral displays to enhance your “Irish Garden Wedding”
Lamber looks forward to working with many more brides to be, creating individually designed themes for every wedding they are part of.
I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures and look forward to all your comments.
The autumn has come and our window boxes and patio planters are beginning to look a bit dull. The summer bedding flowers have almost come to an end. This is the perfect time to give your patio pots a new leash of life and some colour for the autumn and winter months.
I picked out some plants that are very suitable for planting in pots outside that will transform your terrace.
These winter Cyclamen will survive outside all year round and provide you with lots of colour. The Cyclamen vary in colour from different shades of pink, lilac, red and pure white. They will look fantastic on their own, maybe with some trailing Ivy plants, or mixed with some of the other plants below.
The Hydrangea plant, as in the picture below, is available again in a variety of colours from pink, blue, purple, green and white. Remember that almost all flowers will turn green after they come to the end of their flowering season. These Hydrangea plants will dress your patio planters for many months and in the spring when you replant your pots again with summer bedding flowers you can than plant this fantastic plant in a shaded or half sunny spot in the garden where it will flower for years to come.
Lily plants in pots are a great favorite of ours, they come in many different colours from pinks, yellows, reds, white and many more. A plant that will flower for a long time outside or in a cool position in the home. When your lily is finished flowering make sure you take all the finished flowers out of the plant to encourage new growth. When the lily plant is completely finished flowering, and everything, including stems and leaves, has died off you can than plant the remaining root – bulbs in a sunny spot in your garden and the lilies will flower for you every summer, again and again.
The Brassica, or Ornamental Cabbage is an annual plant, grown from seed that will only live for one season. If planted this time of year they will stay beautiful outside all trough the winter. This is a very in expensive plant that is perfect for planting in your winter window boxes and patio planters.
The Chrysanthemum plants are available in different sizes up to the enormous globes in the photo below. One of these in a pot near your front door will brighten the entrance of your door for months during autumn and winter. These Chrysanthemum plants are also very popular plants that are often placed during the month of November – Month of Remembrance – on the graves of a loved one as they will produce flower for a long time and need little water when outside in a cool climate. When you decide to bring the Chrysant plant in to a warm room in your home you will need to give it plenty of water.
The Hebe plant is a small and slow growing evergreen schrub with beautiful coloured foliage. They work perfect in a combined winter planter for on your patio.
At our Lamber de Bie Flowers Flower shops in Waterford and Kilkenny we are also selling a selection of Tulip bulbs and Daffodil bulbs. All our bulbs come from a local Irish family farm specializing in Irish grown bulbs. When planting your winter planters for your patio it is a great idea to place some bulbs into the soil between your plants. These bulbs will appear in early spring and give a welcome blast of colour when it is still to early to plant your summer bedding.
These Irish grown Tulip bulbs and Daffodil bulbs can also be planted directly into your border for that fantastic spread of colour in spring. When planting bulbs I like to plant them in large groups of the same variety together. The impact of a large group of tulips in spring in your garden is much better than when you spread them out as individual single tulips all around the garden.
We always carry a range of plants, both indoor plants for in the home as well as seasonal garden plants suitable for patio pots and window boxes. Many of our customers buy these as gifts trough our florist website.
Blue, Gray and Green are some of my favorite colours in the garden.
I love my table on the terrace with a large sheet of Kilkenny limestone filled with beautiful fossils.
I recently painted my design studio in this fresh blue with pure white detail around the windows. It brightens the garden even on the dullest of days.
The Hosta is a plant I love in my garden and I have lots of different varieties. It is an annual struggle to keep them protected from slugs. I don’t like using slug pellets so often place a half apple upside down under the Hosta plants and collect the slugs twice daily – a treat my chickens are very grateful fore.
This tree is now approx 25 ft tall and provides shade for the chickens in the summer. It reminds me of the mature -much larger – Atlas Ceder we had in our garden growing up in Holland.
The needles of this very slow growing pine have a fantastic silver on the back and olive green on the front.
This is a detail of the dried bark of a Eucalypthus tree that died as a result of the very cold winter we had.
The mint has a wonderful soft scent and flowers during August and September.
The leaves of the weeping willow tree are some of the most elegant foliage in the garden. They move – dance like – with the slightest movement in the air catching the light on the silver back of the leaves.
Spending almost every sunday in January & February at wedding fairs in different hotels in the South-East in Ireland may result in aching feet and a sore throat, but it certainly is a fantastic way of getting up to speed with current wedding trends, as Lamber de Bie (Lamber de Bie Flowers) found out.
The main season for all the wedding fairs in the South-East of Ireland is always in the first two months of the year. Lamber and his team are attending wedding fairs in both Waterford and Kilkenny almost every Sunday during this time. Some of the hotels that Lamber de Bie Flowers were attending are; The Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny, Waterford Castle Hotel, Waterford, Langtons Hotel, Kilkenny, Woodlands Hotel, Waterford, Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny, The Step House Hotel, Borris, Co. Carlow, The Lord Bagenal, Loughlinbridge, Co. Carlow, and many more. At the many wedding shows the wedding suppliers showcase everything that is current and ‘Must Have’ for prospective brides to be. Including an incredible selection of wedding dresses. Indeed the focus of the majority of the brides was the bridal fashion shows, which provided an ideal opportunity to have a sneak preview of what’s in fashion. Big skirts are very much ‘in’ but bodices remain fitted, and in the majority of cases, strapless. There is less intricate beading and glitz about. This seems to have been replaced instead by trails and fabric embellishments.
And as for colour and styles, well vintage is without doubt the buzz word for weddings this year.
So what sums up a vintage themed wedding? Colour-wise: cream, ivory (never white) and all shades of pinks from pale to dusky with a splash of cerise. Green is also popular, particularly olive green and the soft grey/green of eucalyptus. Overall the look could be described as cottage garden, very flowery, natural and pretty.
Reception designs seem to fall into two groups, quirky or elegant. For quirky it’s ceramic jugs and pitchers, individual glass vases, bone china cups and saucers. A sort of mix and match, church hall/ marquee on the village green type of feel. On the elegant front, brides at the show loved the tall glass martini vases, filled with water and roses petals (in vintage pink of course). Storm lanterns and decorate birdcages also seemed to tick a lot of the boxes with many brides who were looking for a variety of designs for the reception, rather than repeating the same one all the way trough.
A contrast from the vintage muted shades is purple, a colour witch looks to be big over the next couple of years. A top table of trailing amaranthus and purple vanda orchids was one of the most popular items on display. – one bride even took her bridesmaids shoes out of the box so she could match them up (they went perfectly).
So to sum up the wedding look for 2011/12 – well, it’s very flowery, which is great for florists, with lots of pastel shades and natural greens accented with splashes of purple.
Flower-wise, roses are going to be even bigger this year, in particular the more (and it’s that word again) vintage colours, such as Amnesia, Hypnose, and Amalia should fit the bill.
Away from roses, hydrangeas continue the cottage garden theme, along with delphiniums, gladioli and for something a little more up-market for the bridal bouquet, vanda orchids.
Who would have thought that just a couple of Sundays at the different wedding events in the south east of Ireland could provide you with such valuable insights!
Lamber de Bie Flowers are based in both Waterford and Kilkenny, Ireland and can be contacted trough their website; http://www.lamberdebie.ie