Our New E-Commerce Web Site is Live.
New E-Commerce Web-Site Live Today.
Our new e-commerce site is live.
Lamber de Bie Flowers is launching their new e-commerce website today to the World Wide Web.
From our website you are able to order flowers for delivery anywhere in Ireland, Northern Ireland and anywhere in the UK for next day delivery.
For delivery to anywhere else please contact us and we will be delighted to look after your needs.
After lots of preparations we are proud to introduce you to our new 24/7 online store. At www.lamberdebie.ie you will be able to shop from a large, and ever growing selection of flowers, bouquets and arrangements for every occasion.
We promise all our online customers the same attention to detail as well as the same approach of 100% satisfaction guaranteed for all our customers as well as for those lucky recipients of our flowers as we have been doing over the past 10 years in our 3 retail stores in Waterford as well as in Kilkenny.
Approx. one year ago I followed a number of courses in web design, not with the intention of creating our own but to make sure we would find the right partners in creating our new online flower web site.
12 Years ago we launched out first web-site and have learned trough trail and error, some times they were expensive lessons and other times, often with the help of friends we improved our than web presence.
This time, wanting to create e modern E-commerce site, we chose to work with a Waterford based company called Smartweb to whom I was introduced by Gavin Dixon. We have been using Gavin’s Company “BITS”(Business IT Solutions) for many years.
I met first with Eugene Silov, from Smartweb early this spring. The first number of meetings were about the layout and content required and that meant that I spent hours and days looking at websites from florists and other online product sellers. There was a lot of R&D (Rob & Duplicate) as well as finding solutions on how to implement our own ideas.
Our website is developed so that I control the input all products, descriptions and price as well as most other content. This was, and will be very time consuming but will be the only way I can guarantee that the site will be up to date always.
As our web site is now live our next step is to create a suitable google-adwords campaign in order to drive more traffic to our site as well as discussing further plans with Eugene for our site as I believe any store needs to be updated to keep it fresh.
We are 10 years in retail at the end of this month and I know that this is only possible trough constant improvement on the stores, services and products, this same approach we will use towards our online sales of flowers.
On our new site you will also find a selection of photos of wedding flowers we are creating. These will be continuously updated.
If anyone needs help with the development of an online store I would be more than happy to recommend Eugene from Smartweb. I look forward to working with both Bits & Smartweb in the future to constantly improve our service.
We sincerely look forward to any comments on how we can make the experience of shopping at our online store better.
Send us your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Lamber de Bie.
Dutch Master Florist
A DAY IN THE LIFE….
Lamber de Bie dashes between his workshop in Thomastown and shops in Waterford and Kilkenny.
FLORIST LAMBER DE BIE TELLS CONOR DE LION ABOUT MINDING HIS OWN BLOOMING BUSINESS
MONDAY morning starts early with the arrival of a lorry-load of flowers from Holland. They arrive at about 6am at the workshop witch is near our house in Thomastown. We check the order, put the flowers in vases and store them in a cold room. By 9am we have the van loaded up for delivery to our two stores in Waterford and one in Kilkenny. We buy direct from Holland and pay the daily auction price, plus a commission to our agent. Once the van has left, I get to have breakfast, usually at around 10am.
After the rush of the early morning, I spend a few quiet hours in the office. I deal with email enquiries, mostly about weddings. Our wedding season has definitely got longer in recent years. It stretches trough the whole summer and even takes in some of the spring and autumn. On top of that Christmas and New Years weddings are becoming very popular.
Tuesday is our quietest day and if I get time off this will be it, which is nice because Wednesday morning is our busiest time of the week. This is when we get our main delivery for the week – these are all our wedding flowers and retail stock for the weekend. Because it’s such a big delivery,it’s all hands on deck. The Van delivers to our two shops in Waterford and I take care of Kilkenny.
When I get to the shop, I pitch in to condition, clean and present the blooms. Last Wednesday, there were around 35 orders waiting to be made. Many of them were wrist corsages for debs. Young guys have become a lot more romantic in recent years, asking for specific colours and flowers. They often buy a bouquet for their date’s mother, too.
We definitely see more men walk into our shops than we did when we opened 10 years ago. Irish men are a lot more confident about buying flowers and there’s no shame in walking down the street with a colourful bunch for your partner.
Thursday is usually the day to meet the weekend bride. This week I’m doing the church and Marquee for a Waterford wedding. The marquee is in the mother of the groom’s garden so she’ll be meeting us, too. Sometimes it’s tricky to keep everyone happy!
I spend most Fridays doing the arrangements for a wedding the following day, and Saturday morning is an early start to get the bouquets and buttonholes to the bridal party, not to mention decorating the church and venue.
I have to place my order for the following week before lunchtime on Sunday, but I allow myself to have a rest after the business of Saturday before I set my mind to that task.
I’ve noticed a few new occasions where flowers are in demand in recent years. March 8, International Woman’s Day, is a popular celebration among eastern Europeans. They also buy for name days, witch are almost as important as birthdays.
A Wedding Masterclass for brides – Lough Eske Castle Hotel,
Sunday 26th and Monday 27th September
Ireland’s top celebrity wedding planner Tara Fay to show brides how to plan
the perfect day.
Workshops and demonstrations by Lamber de Bie – Dutch Master Florist.
Lough Eske Castle, which was recently voted the Irish Wedding Venue of the Year by Irish brides, will
provide brides-to-be with the opportunity to learn from the wedding planner celebrities turn to.
The stunning hotel – Donegal‟s only five-star hotel and winner of the World‟s Best Luxury Country Hotel
2009 – has teamed up with Ireland‟s top wedding planner Tara Fay to deliver a two-day Wedding
Masterclass that will cover the A-Z of wedding planning.
A range of specialist talks and workshops will be given to brides-to-be by some of the top wedding service
providers in Ireland, including bridal fashion from Sharon Hoey, hair and beauty by Michael Leong and Zoe
Clark, photography by John Ryan, floristry by Lamber de Bie as well as food and wine, ceremonies,
stationery, cakes, jewellery, honeymoon advice and the all important first dance.
The masterclass will begin with a champagne reception and talk from Tara Fay on all the requirements for
planning the perfect wedding. Award winning fashion designer Sharon Hoey will then follow with a bridal
fashion workshop before the Lough Eske Castle Executive Chef and Sommelier host a dinner presented in
the style of a wedding breakfast and share their food and wine expertise.
Day two comprises a series of workshops covering a range of topics as well as one-to-one consultations
with the top industry specialists. The event concludes with a „first dance‟ workshop and afternoon tea and
Andrew Turner, General Manager of Lough Eske Castle said that this event is the first of its kind to be held
in Ireland and has been designed to provide all brides-to-be with access to the very best of advice and
helpful hints and tips. “Every bride wants and deserves the perfect wedding and as the top wedding venue
in Ireland, we wanted to do something to help brides-to-be create their dream day. The inspiration for the
Wedding Masterclass came from our own Lough Eske Castle brides, many of whom said they would have
really valued the opportunity to attend an event of this type.
“Organising a wedding is often a daunting task for brides-to-be. This two-day masterclass aims to help
brides take the pressure off the process by pointing them in the right direction helping them to plan their
perfect day while learning from the best in the business. Each bride-to-be is free to select the workshops
which best meet her needs and she can make appointments to talk with the industry specialists privately on
“We‟re delighted to be partnering with Tara Fay. As the leading wedding planner in Ireland, she has a
wealth of expertise and experience to share with brides-to-be, whether that is for planning small intimate or
larger weddings. Tara will be hosting a number of talks throughout the two days and will also have time to
spend with brides on an individual basis.”
Celebrity wedding planner Tara Fay, who has planned more than 1,000 weddings, said that the wedding
masterclass will be invaluable to brides at every stage of the planning process. “This event is about giving
brides-to-be the confidence and the ability to plan the day of their dreams no matter how big or small and
irrespective of budget. Brides often find themselves bewildered by advice from family and friends and
sometimes need to take time out to think about what they truly want and then how to achieve it within
budget. This masterclass aims to provide just that along with a chance to talk individually with each of the
speakers who will work with the brides-to-be to identify the things that will personalize their wedding and
make it a real day to remember.”
All brides-to-be and their guests are welcome to attend the event for one or both of the days. Tickets for
both days, including one night‟s accommodation for two people sharing a deluxe guestroom including
breakfast, are priced at €175 per person sharing; or €250 per person sharing for both days and two night‟s
accommodation. One-day only attendance (Sunday or Monday) is priced at €75 per person, per day.
To find out more or to book a place, please contact Lough Eske Castle Hotel on 074 97 251 00 or visit
The Orchid plant, and especially the Phalaenopsis orchid has become the no 1 bestselling houseplant over the past few years. This is no surprise considering the ease of care, their incrediblle beauty and their long life as a houseplant when looked after correctly.
In order to find out how to look after these wonderful flowering house plants, let’s find out some more about the Phalaenopsis Orchid.
Phalaenopsis Orchids, as any other orchid, are epiphytes.
Epiphytes are plant that grows upon or are attached to another plant or object merely for physical support. Epiphytes are found mostly in the tropics and are also known as air plants because they have no attachment to the ground or other obvious nutrient source. They obtain water and minerals from rain and from debris on the supporting plants. Orchids, ferns, and members of the pineapple family are common tropical epiphytes. Lichens, mosses, liverworts, and algae are epiphytes of temperate regions.
Knowing how they grow in their origional habitat will explain us a lot about how we should care for these plants in the home. For those that had a closer look at the soil that your potted Phalaenopsis orchid is planted in will have noticed that it contains of a very loose structure of mostly small pieces of bark. Knowing orchids grow on trees in their natural habitat, were water flows away immediately after rainfall, explains us that we may never have any remaining water in our container after watering our orchid. Over watering is one of the most common causes of orchid plants not surviving in the home.
Always place your Phalaenopsis orchid in a place in your home were you have a relative constant temperature(e.g. sitting room), away from drafts and direct sunlight. Water very moderately and feed once every two weeks when in flower or bud and once every four to six weeks when flowers are finished. Always use special orchid feed, and never more than is indicated on the bottle. Personally I give my orchids half the amount as is written on the bottle to avoid burning the roots.
Your orchid plant can easily flower up to six months at a time. When finished flowering cut the flower stems down to one inch above the second “knot” from the base. This is where your new flower will appear after some patience. Also reduce the water and food you give your plant for approx four months to give the plant a rest period. Leave the plant in the same position and sort of forget about it for a while. When your new flower buds appear you can slightly increase your feeding.
Orchidaceae are cosmopolitan, occurring in almost every habitat apart from deserts and glaciers. The great majority are to be found in the tropics, mostly Asia, South America and Central America, but they are also found above the Arctic Circle, in southern Patagonia and even on Macquarie Island, close to Antarctica.
It is no wonder that it was in Asia, Tokyo to be specific, where I saw the most impressive selection of Phalaenopsis Orchids for sale. After all tropical Asia is home to most known varieties of Orchids (approx: 300 families), followed by tropical America and tropical Africa who are both home to approx: 250 families of Orchids.
In this Tokyo, Orchid Shop, they never watered the plants, however they mist the leaves and the heart of the plant twice daily with pure spring water.
Apart from their wonderful qualities as a stylish, elegant houseplant in our modern homes the Phalaenopsis orchid is becoming increasingly popular as a cut flower mainly used for wedding bouquets and elegant table centre pieces.
In the bouquet above I used the white Phalaenopsis orchid in combination with creme Avalanche roses and pure white Lily of the Valley. A perfectly elegant winter white wedding bouquet.
In this table centre piece I used the smaller lilac Phalaenopsis Orchid as a support to the lilac and peach roses.
This cascading wedding bouquet combines the bright pink “Aqua” Roses with the “Hot Lip” Phalaenopsis Orchid.
This soft and elegant bridal bouquet with a selection of creme and peach roses, Lily of the Valley and soft ferns contributed to a wonderful day for Maria on her wedding day.
I hope that I have helped to grow your enthuasiasm for this wonderful family in the plant world.
For any of you who would like to know more about all varieties of Orchids, were they come from, how to grow them, build up an impressive collection and much more there is a book I bought almost ten years ago and can highly reccommend: Orchids – A Practical Handbook by Brian & Wilma Rittershausen ISBN 1-84309-209-3
Lamber de Bie
Dutch Master Florist
If you plan to walk down the aisle anytime soon, you should be aware that the flowers you carry might say more than you intended. That’s right; most flowers carry a meaning, or a special significance that has been passed down from generation to generation.
We can trace this back to the Victorian Era. It was improper in those days for a man to come out and tell a lady how he felt, so he would choose a flower with special meaning and send it her instead. Because the meaning of flowers was so well known, the woman receiving them understood the message as clearly as if it was written on a piece of paper.
As every flower lover knows, flowers have a language all of their own. Every sentiment can be expressed with flowers. Wedding flowers are no different. For instance, you wouldn’t want to have yellow carnations at your wedding if you knew that yellow carnations mean disappointment and rejection. Make sure you know what the flowers mean before you use them as your wedding flowers.
There is a reason that roses are the most popular choice of flowers for brides. A white rose stands for innocence, beauty and charm-just the traits every bride wants to portray. A bride that chooses red roses for her wedding flowers is sending a message of passion and of fiery love. If dark pink roses are used for a wedding, the couple is expressing a thankfulness that they found each other.
An ivy coloured Rose stands for fidelity in the marriage-something every new couple strives for. Pink roses mean perfect happiness but yellow roses mean jealousy. Sometimes, it’s not the colour that holds the meaning but the type. A tea rose means I’ll always remember you but a dried white rose means I would rather die than lose my virtue. Rosebuds means beauty and youth but roses signify secrecy and silence.
Roses aren’t the only flowers that hold meaning. Lilies are a very popular wedding flower. The most popular type of lily is the Calla Lily, which means beauty. Most lilies have beautiful meanings. The white lily means it’s heavenly to be with you while the yellow lily means I’m walking on air. Did you know that the day lily is the Chinese symbol for Mother? The tiger lily means wealth and pride.
Not all flowers have negative meanings; there are very few negative meanings for tulips. Tulips in general mean the perfect lover; this might be a good one to tuck into the buttonhole on his tux. Red tulips are a declaration of love while a yellow tulip means there is sunshine in your smile. If you are having a spring wedding, there is simply no better way to express your love for your future spouse than by carrying a bouquet of tulips. They are not only beautiful, but speak of an undying love.
There are some flowers you can just look at and assume you know what they mean. Never be too hasty in assuming anything. For instance, when you look at a cactus you would think that there had to be a negative meaning for it – wrong. A cactus means endurance and forever. This fits if you think about the cactus; they can survive anything.
There are so many different types of wedding flowers that no one could name them all but here are a few more. Peonies mean shame. Orchids are the Chinese symbol for many children.
No matter what wedding flowers you pick, no one is really going to know the meaning unless you tell them. Your wedding flowers, like your wedding, should be memorable and not based on superstition. Finding the meanings of flowers is like being superstitious about the groom seeing the bride in her wedding dress before the wedding. We make our own luck.
As you can see, the flowers that you choose for your wedding will definitely set the mood. Knowing that, before you select your flowers, determine what type of wedding and reception event you want to have. Once you do that, choosing the flowers will be a breeze.
Lamber de Bie
Dutch Master Florist
Lamber de Bie (Dutch Master Florist) and his team of internationally qualified florists are the choice florist for brides sins 1993 in Ireland.
Trough their stores in Waterford and Kilkenny as well as trough their work on many weddings and other events they are constantly attracting more brides to lay their trust in the hands of the experts at LAMBER DE BIE FLOWERS.
Lamber de Bie often features in Demonstrations for the Dutch Flower Council as well as for National and International Wholesalers for the flower trade displaying his latest designs and trends for the future. Lamber de Bie opened his own Floristry School for the General public as well as a warmly welcomed program of workshops for the florist trade of Ireland. Were better to lay your trust than with the teacher himself.
It is not only the quality of the workmanship that separates Lamber de Bie from the rest. At LAMBER DE BIE FLOWERS every bride is given 100% attention and treated as the only bride we are dealing with this year. Flowers are designed on an individual base to reflect the bride and her wedding day. Needles to see; All quotations provided by LAMBER DE BIE FLOWERS are without any obligation.
LAMBER DE BIE FLOWERS, Trendsetters in Quality, Creativity, Service.
Taking Time to Smell the Roses in the Garden of Delight
By Lamber de Bie Dutch Master Florist (Jan. 07)
Trends are changing all around us, often so fast that it is hard to keep op with them. However they are becoming more important as showing we are aware of the latest trends is one of the status symbols of today. We can all afford that expensive dress but who has the knowledge of wearing tomorrow’s fashion today.
In order to predict the trends for flowers, and in particular wedding flowers, I first want to go back over the past few years to see were we are coming from.
In 2004 the trends in floral designs were inspired by a hugely complex world were we were swamped with information. Existing values were changing. Life speeded past us and appeared to be a huge tangle of paradoxes making it difficult to bring things sharply into focus. In a bid to regain the upper hand once more and to define our own guidelines we looked to create a calm environment where we could consider our options. An environment where we felt at home. This is why 2004 was filled with soft and natural, country-garden style arrangements in soft colours.
In 2005 our inspiration was based on the fact that we were committed to “everything”, every minute of the day. This translated into loose and natural, sometimes “chaotic looking” bouquets. We were looking for a summer holiday feeling with the emphasis on freedom without structure.
2006 Is the year of focussing on our Social individualism. We were frequently involved with our own personal lives. We want things to be good for us and anything should be possible. The trend has heightened the demand for luxury and glamour. We are becoming acclimatised to life in the fast lane. Our boredom threshold is lower and we are more inclined to feel things are moving too slowly than was formerly the case. This translated itself in a year were flowers are more dramatic in shape and colour than before. Combinations that were wrong before are today’s norm.
But where are we going from here? For over 20 years I’ve been asking myself this question. In the past my inspiration would have come from architecture, fashion and art. The past years I tend to look at people, what they do, and more important, what they would like to do.
In a recent interview with Paris Hilton, the person that did not only desire but also live all of this year’s trend to the full (We want things to be good for us and anything should be possible), she mentioned she was going to take time out to smell the roses.
I believe floral trends for summer 2007 will focus strongly on being fully in tune with the seasons. Still holding on to our individuality, but also looking for a fairytale/paradisiacal, expressive and energetic style.
Translating this into flowers I see for next summer the use of strong, bright colours combined to contrast with a few dark neutrals to give the impression of an imaginary, fairytale world. The use of green and turquoise is going to play an important role.
An opulent bouquet of decorative flowers such as Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise), Bright coloured Gerbera, Purple Vanda orchids, or some magnificent red and yellow Gloriosa lilies combined with coloured foliage and a single long striped feather.
Holding these summer trend as a tread for 2007, we will see a softer variety of this theme throughout the spring using lots of pastels coloured flowers such as Freesia’s, Narcissus, Syringa (lilac) and tulips in combination with soft blossom twigs in natural hand tied bouquets.
At the end of summer we will turn to pink and purple Anthurium, Celosia, Dendrobium orchids, Eryngium (thistle) and Dahlia’s combined with black and chocolate coloured materials and small details of yellow and gold. Bouquets will be smaller and a little more definite in shape with foliage only used if it is making a real statement.
In the winter the purple and pink will remain as an important colour however toned down to a much paler version. This in combination with lots of white, black and tones of grey. I see a compact bouquet of 30 pale lilac carnations (Yes, Carnations are back again), pressed together into a compact egg shaped bouquet resting on a collar of large, folded silver leaves and white Gypsophylla (baby’s breath). Think of a Neo-Classicism dramatic shape, a miniature winter fairytale palace. Stems will be wrapped with soft ribbons, however large bows are out. The much smaller winter bouquets will have its impact trough a strong shape rather than trough colour. Other flowers that will work well in this winter trend are Nerine, Dianthus (carnations), Zanthedeschia (calla lilies), lilac and pink Roses, Hippeastrum (Amaryllis), Ranunculus and Hyacinths.
Lamber de Bie
Dutch Master Florist
Testimonial for Lamber’s website
“We had a very specific look and feel which we wanted to create for our wedding and the flowers were integral to that. Lamber’s knowledge, creativity and enthusiasm helped to create something really magical (while keeping on budget) and remain one of my favourite memories from our wedding day. I can truly say I couldn’t recommend Lamber highly enough”.
H. Mulcahy July 2009