Category: Flowers Friday

Fighting the grey…

So one thing we’ve realised about Hong Kong in the two weeks we’ve been living here, is that despite all the fantastic sides to the city, it really is basically just one big grey concrete montrosity.  There are a bunch of cool modern glass skyscrapers in Central and plenty of green forest up on the Peak, but the actual city is largely pretty un-aesthetically pleasing, at least in day time.  Here is one of the many examples I could use to illustrate my point:

Yeesh, that’s bad – this is opposite our apartment block, ha.

It’s a whole other kettle of fish once you’re inside these buildings, however.  Which is very fortunate, otherwise I think I would have hotfooted it outta here already…

One element of interior design that really stands out against this backdrop of, um, horrendousness (is that a word?) are the vertical gardens that I’ve seen more and more of around the place, most notably in Sevva the other week:


So I thought I’d take another look at this quirky design feature again today, after my round up last year.  I’d be pretty happy to add any of these puppies to our home.

(credits: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 )   

I vote more vertical gardens in Hong Kong!

Flowers Friday – vivavious veronica

Morning morning all!  How is everybody doing today?? 

This has to be a shorty – we’re flying in a couple of hours and I haven’t even thought about packing or the hol yet…  But I thought for FF today I’d take a look at the gorgeous rustic wildflower veronica.  It comes in a bunch of dreamy colours, from vibrant pinks and purples to clean whites, and also seems to be gentle on the wallet.  Here are some gorgeous pics, hope you enjoy!

(credits: Pinterest, Lemon Fresh, IN Photography)

Have a fab weekend!  What are you getting up to?

Flowers Friday – dusty miller (you don’t know what I’m talking about, right?!)

So this week has been very very productive wedding-wise and I’m feeling super organised and efficient (something that does not happen particularly regularly, let me tell you…), but I’m not going to bore you with all that W-Day chat.

But one thing I will say is that I’ve solved the conundrum of the fact that every flower in the Cayman Islands costs $6, by deciding to in fact just not have any.  Genius, huh?  Ok, not really genius, but I am pretty proud of myself as a self-proclaimed flower-lover-from-a-long-line-of-crop-growing-farmers, for taking that decision.

So anyway, what I’m thinking is that for the reception the tables are going to be overloaded with gorgeous Moroccan lanterns and candles and incense etc., and flowers would kinda just get in the way.  So we’re just not going to bother having any.  Also, it’ll be totally dark – it’s not like a wedding in the UK where the wedding breakfast is during the afternoon (okay, I seem to have to justify the decision).

Anyhoo, so what this means is that we can have FREAKING FANTASTIC bouquets for the ceremony, which I’m very excited about.  For a very long time I’ve been trying to find out the name of the gorgeous grey-green foliage that features in all my fave bouquet pics, and this week I’ve finally done it: Dusty Miller.  It’s good.

It’s really good.


Have a smashing weekend all, what are you up to?

Flowers Friday – tantalising topiary

Happy Friday folks!   Hope it’s been a great week for everyone.  For FF today I thought I’d take a looksee at topiary trees used in interior design.  I’ve included one or two (or, in fact, six) in the loft I’m currently designing and am really interested in how they walk the tightrope of working in very traditional schemes as well as fun contemporary ones. 

So what do you think?  Tempted to get snipping?!

Have a happy weekend!

Flowers Friday – cheeky callas

So everyone keeps telling me I need to forget about having roses, ranunculus and all the other beautiful flowers I’ve had my heart set on for the wedding, in favour of ones more suited to the heat of the tropics.  Whilst this obviously makes sense I’m thinking I’d rather risk the drooping, as I really just don’t lke tropical flowers very much.  Is this crazy?!  I think maybe yes, nobody likes brown flowers in their bouquet… 

Anyway, the one exception to this though is the gorgeous calla lilly, to which I thought I’d dedicate this week’s FF!

(credits: Pinterest, The Knot)

Have a happy weekend!

Flowers Friday – the cuteness

Ok, apols for the shorty today but everything seems to have turned insanely busy and I have about 2.5 million things to get done before I can turn into a pirate later.  Ha, that sounds weird, huh?!  It’s Pirates Week here in Cayman starting tonight – yep, an entire week when everyone dresses up like pirates, drinks too much rum and generally ‘aaarrrrrrrrr me mateys’ at innocent passersby.  Only in Cayman…

Anyhoo, so I came across this pic on Style Me Pretty yesterday and thought it was such a cute idea!  What do you think?

Have fab weekends all! AARRRRRRRRRR.

Flowers Friday – dazzling delphinium

It’s that time of the week again folks, flower-oogling-Friday.  Today I thought I’d take a look at the gorgeous delphinium – it looks fantastic solo or combined with roses/peonies, and I think also isn’t too tough on the wallet.  Enjoy the pics!

(credits: Pinterest)

Have a happy weekend!

Flowers Friday – little bit of eye candy…

So I’ve been on a bit of a peony crusade lately, refusing to believe that I can neither grow them here nor import them in for February (both of which are clearly true…) as I reeeeeeally love this flower and would love to be able to incorporate them into the W-Day flowers.

So anyway, I was delighted yesterday to stumble upon a variety of rose that looks, if not exactly like a peony, then a lot like its big sister: the Yves Piaget Rose.  Even better, I think I may be able to import them from Miamiiiii!

What do you think?


And another gorgeous option are Juliette Roses, which I believe are part of the David Austin Roses group:

(credits: Style Me Pretty, Pinterest, Whole Blossoms)


Have a happy weekend!