At Lamber de Bie Flowers we are very exited with the arrival of the first spring flowers into our flowershop.
The first offering of Spring flowers from the dutch flower auction in Aalsmeer starts often well before Christmas. However it is Lamber’s choice to hold off on buying any spring blooms untill the new year.
In the months January, February, March, April and May you can expect a large selection of spring flowers in our flowershops in Waterford and Kilkenny.
We will carry the usual spring flowers such as Tulips and Daffodills as well as the less often used Ranunculus, Lilac, Forcythia and Hyacinths. It is in the cold winter months of January, February and March that we surround ourself with these fresh spring blooms. creating spring flower bouquets in bright yellow, yellow and blue, pastel pinks and many other colour combinations.
Tulips are one of the most admired and beloved flowers the world around.
Meaning of the Colour of Tulips
Tulips are symbolic of fame and perfect love.
The symbolic meaning also changes with the colour of the tulips. Red tulips mean “beleive me” and are a declaration of true love.
Variegated tulips mean “You have beautifull eyes.”
Yellow tulips mean “There’s sunshine in your smile” and cheerful thoughts
Cream coloured tulips mean “I will love you forever.”
Orange tulips mean energy, enthausiasm, desire and passion.
Tulips as Heralds of Spring
Tulips also mean eternal life and are heralds of spring.
Along with crocuses and daffodils, tulips are the first flowers to blossom each year, sometimes while there is still snow on the ground nearby. Tulips are perfect for gardens that are designed to bloom from the earliest possible date. The meaning of the garden can be encoded in the choice of flower colors. For example, a white tulip garden would symbolize heaven on earth.
Send a burst of spring sunshine with this glorious hand-tied. These sunny golden yellow roses make a bright contrast to the snowy white lilies and pristine germini. Even if the spring weather disappoints, this is the perfect way to welcome spring into their home. Created by your expert, Local florist, Lamber de Bie Flowers, based in Ireland with flower shops in Waterford and Kilkenny.
For her birthday, choose this ultra-feminine bouquet that is bursting with spring freshness. This pretty selection in shades of soft pink and white features beautifully fragrant freesias and genista to give it a springtime twist. It is trimmed with a Happy Birthday ribbon to mark their special day. Featuring 2 pink Asiatic lilies, 5 pink roses and 4 white freesias hand-tied with white genista, palm leaves and salal and finished with a Happy Birthday ribbon.
Scented Spring Pastels Vase
One of the pleasures of spring is the fresh, heady scent from flowers of the season and we’ve captured that uplifting experience with this exquisite gift. The combination of pastel hyacinths and ranunculus with dainty spring paper whites is irresistible. Featuring paper whites, mixed pale hyacinths, pink ranunculus and white genista with salal, arranged in a green glass globe vase and finished with a daisy wooden tag Created by your Local florist, Lamber de Bie Flowers, based in Ireland with flower shops
We hope that we’ve brought the Spring a little bit closer to you by showing some of our gange of Spring Flowers that we will be creating for you over the next few months in our Flower shops in Kilkenny and Waterford.
If you would like to see the full range of Spring flowers have a look at our florist website at : www.lamberdebie.ie or call into one of our shops where you can not only see the creations but tough and smell them.
Today started as almost any day does with a strong mug of coffee for me and a healthy breakfast for the dogs.
While waiting for the water to boil I can’t resist taking a photo with my phone of the beautiful pink tulips in our kitchen that are now so wide open that the hot pink tulip is turning purple and will have possibly lost its petals by the time I arrive home later.
Open pink tulip.
While drinking my coffee I take time to admire the latest spring growth in my garden.
The magnificent Gunnera plant seems to have almost doubled in size overnight after last nights rain fall.
It is a wonderful pleasure to see this plant growing to over 3 meter in a matter of a few months from now.
Halfway trough my coffee I find myself thinking about the flowers on our Easter lunch table this weekend. Hope there won’t be to much rain so these fab. pure white daffs will still look good on sunday so I don’t need to go to my local florist.
Now that I am awake it’s across the garden into our flower studio and work shop and straight into the office to check on the emails, what often means, deleting lots of incoming spam, answering urgent mails and forwarding the rest to any of our 3 flower shops or to Diana in accounts.
Downstairs into the store and loading up all I need for todays wedding in Waterford Castle. But before traveling to Waterford I have to drop off 60 white roses from our cold room to our flower shop in Kilkenny where they will need these this morning for an order for funeral flowers.
Grateful that Julie opens her news agent store right beside our flower shop in Kilkenny well before 9 am gives me my second caffeine intake of the day while driving to Waterford.
Arriving in Waterford at our flower shop in the Superquinn, Kilbarry shopping centre on the Tramore Road just after 9 o’clock where all the outdoor display of flowers and plants is looking bright and inviting and the shop floor glooming after just been washed down is a nice welcome for anyone to walk in to.
My welcome got even better when Mashy, one of our multi-talented wedding florists in Waterford, arrived with her Hungarian style chocolate cake she baked last night in her Grandmother’s enamel baking tray that looked just as beautiful as the the cake tasted fantastic. And as you can imagine this had to be accomioned with some coffee.
After our joint breakfast it was time to get on with the task of the day. While Mashy finished off the last of the floral displays for today’s wedding in Waterford Castle and Tanja was kept busy with orders that had come in overnight trough Interflora and our online florist website I made a start on the bridal bouquet.
The brides bouquet that the bride has chosen for today is one of my very own favorites. An unstructured hand tied bouquet made with white/greenish Avalanche roses, white Ranunculus flowers, white Lilac flowers and the ultimate in bridal flowers; the white Lily of the Valley.
Starting with the white Lilac flowers, a scented flower that needs lots of water. In order to make sure the Lilac will last for the day each stem of flowers is wired and taped after the stems are covered with cotton wool soaked in water to allow for drinking.
The same routine is repeated for each individual Lily of the Valley stem before I start putting the bouquet together.
Creating flowers for someone’s wedding day is no different that most jobs we do on a daily base when it comes down to preparation and planning. “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail” .
From the first contact with the than “bride to be” well over six months ago, the 3 times myself, Mashy and the bride and her mum have met up to discuss all the details and the many emails back and forward with ideas, suggestions, questions and much more.
After all details were finalized it was up to me and Mashy to order the correct varieties of flowers from the Dutch flower auction and for some direct from the growers as well as deciding on what day did we want the flowers to arrive into our shop in order to have them all at the perfect state of ripeness on the day of the wedding. For instance the white Lilac takes aprox. 5 to 7 days before blooms are perfectly open as with the Lily of the Valley we like to have these come in to us direct from the growers in Holland only one day before the wedding.
After all flowers are prepared the putting together of the bouquet is a delicate but very satisfying job.
I love the movement in the bouquet that is achieved by both the Lilac (Seringa) and the Lily of the valley.
All is left is the finishing of the stem of the bouquet. All stems are tied together and taped to create a neat and comfortable stem to hold. After that we cover the stem with a thick layer of dry cotton wool and tape this once again to soften the handle and take out any uneven surface. Last than is the ribbon around the handle what will match the colour of the brides dress.
This can be a daunting task for many as you want to make sure the finished product reflects the perfection given to every detail of the wedding flowers. The best lesson I ever got was from a nurse who thought me how they put bandage on to someone’s finger.
While Tanja and myself are loading all flowers and arrangements into our van for delivery to Waterford Castle, Mashy checks her emails and replies to some of the brides that we will be doing flowers for over the next few weeks and months.
As the Civil wedding is held in the main entrance foyer of the Castle the bride asked us to provide a natural green arch with some white flowers from where she will enter the ceremony. Most of the arch was made up outside and finished off inside in the hotel.
We used a selection of different greens to create some interesting texture to the arch such as the Cypresses branches, natural green Ivy trails, soft fluffy Asparagus foliage, silver Eucalyptus foliage and small leaved high gloss dark green Ruscus foliage.
The open scented white lilies and than the white baby’s breath (Gypsophylla) are added at the last moment.
Opposite the arch we placed 2 large upright modern pedestal arrangements as a focal point to where the vows will be read by bride and groom.
The flowers used in these dramatic displays are the large open white Amaryllis flowers, the white Avalanche roses, white ranunculus flowers the babies breath and for scent we added some creme/white stock to the arrangements. An equal important element of those displays is the selection of foliages and branches used arrangements such as the large green Monstera leaves at the base of the arrangements, the silver gray Eucalyptus foliage, the upright Aspidistra leaves and seasonal Pussy Willow at the top and dark green Ruscus foliage throughout as well as tied around the base of the stand.
The magnificent foyer in Waterford Castle Hotel with it’s imposing grand fireplace makes for a beautiful rich but also intimate setting for any civil wedding were comfortably up to 80 guests (and possibly more) can be seated.
As Mashy went back up to the bridal suit to give the bride, who she had got to know and like during her many discussions on planning the flowers for her big day, a big hug and wish her a wonderful day, I had a few minutes to walk around the garden and admire the flowering Camellia’s as well as the first of the Rhododendrons that were starting to open.
On the way out while we were waiting for the ferry that brings us from the Island on witch Waterford Castle is positioned we were greeted by some of the deer living the the Isle.
On the way back to the shop, after stopping whit Margaret in our flower shop in the Ardkeen Quality Food store on the Dunmore Road in Waterford I discuss with Mashy our weddings coming up later on that week and over the next few weeks.
While I arrive home todays bride is about to sit down to no doubt an unforgettable meal by Michael Quinn, the award winning head chef at Waterford Castle Hotel in Waterford, Ireland.
For me it’s in front of the fire watching the last two episodes of “True Blood” I recorded earlier.
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These photos are from the wedding from a beautiful bride that decided to have her wedding in Waterford Castle and as so many brides getting married in the Castle, chooses Lamber de Bie Flowers to look after the flowers for her big day.
We looked after the flowers for the bride and brides maidsbouquet, both contained a selection of pink, purple and lilac flowers such as the Blue Curiosa rose, pink ranuncules, blue hyacinths and lilac Sweat Pea. It’s somewhere between Spring and Summer. The Anemone and Ranunculus tell me it’s still kind of Spring and the Sweat Pea and Veronica are reaching out to the Summer.
The Groom and the Best Man wore buttonholes of lilac Sweat Pea flowers. In the beautiful Crook Church in Passage East, Co. Waterford we used lilac Calla Lilies, Hydrangeas and a selection of flowers in pinks and purple.
Back at the castle after crossing the river by the castle’s own ferry the guests were welcomed by music by a sting quartet at the entrance of the Castle decorated with urns filled with pink and lilac flowers while the sun was shining across the island of Waterford castle.
For the wedding dinner in the castle we used locally producedhandmade candles in different tones of pinks and a selection offresh flowers in pinks, purples and lilac.
Click on any of the picture to go to our florist – wedding web site and see more photo’s of this wedding in Waterford Castle, Ireland.
Easter time is one of the nicest seasons in a florists calender. There is a wide selection of flowers available in wonderful bright. happy colours. This combined with the fact that everyone tends to be extra happy (not sure this is because of the flowers or the idea of eating lots of chocolates all weekend) around this time makes it very special.
Mother’s Day 2011 will be celebrated on Sunday 3rd April this year in Ireland and the UK.
Lamber de Bie Flowers have an exiting range of beautiful Mother’s Day Gifts available from their florist web site as well as from their flower shops in Kilkenny and Waterford. The full range of flowers on our Mother’s Day Flowers section in the website can be sent anywhere in Ireland and the UK.