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A Winter Tale: Traditional Christmas Flowers and Plants

Monday, November 9th, 2015

As the nights get colder and we swap autumn T-shirts for thick winter wears, the countdown begins for one of the most popular festive seasons, Christmas. Christmas, is a time of intimate Traditionals, celebrations in the home and time spent with loved ones. Sending flowers at Christmas is a beautiful gesture, a great way to celebrate the season and Christmas flowers and plants go a long way in enhancing this experience. At Todich Floral Design we just loved experimenting with new materials and styles, offering a twist on traditional floral fashion as well as bringing you a wide range of traditional Christmas flowers and plants to choose from.

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Christmas, a blissful season reminiscent of cosy nights in by the fire, and the suspense of waiting to open presents under the tree, comes with a number of age old traditions and tales related to traditional Christmas  flowers and plants. Christmas provides the perfect opportunity to get creative, whether it’s decorating the home or installing corporate flowers to bring plenty of cheer to the office.

Holly. This season’s traditional colours of green and red stem from the native Christmas Holly plant. A symbol of a man, Holly was actually used to decorate the home, and surprisingly, traditionally created long before the Christianity. Holly makes spectacular Christmas decorations along and go a long way into completing Christmas flower arrangements.

Mistletoe. Another of many Christmas flowers, mistletoe, a parasitic green and white plant, is an integral part of a fun pre-Christmas tradition. Often placed in a high place, usually above a door, two people are encouraged to kiss, if stood under it at the same time. Other than playing an interesting role, mistletoe also makes fantastic Christmas plants to decorate the home with and shine within Christmas flower arrangements.

Ivy. A symbol of women, Ivy is strongly linked to Christmas and creates a magnificent centrepiece when combined with holly. Tradition has it, Ivy is said to bring great luck and happiness to relationships. In addition, Ivy represents a number of things, symbolising true love, undying affection and eternity, making it a fitting flower for a loved one.

The Christmas Rose. A truly English flower, and universal symbol of love, the Christmas rose is traditionally red. Christmas roses are associated with the story of the shepherds who saw three wise men taking their gifts to baby Jesus. The shepherds had no gift to offer until an angel appeared and pushed aside some snow to reveal an exquisite red rose. Roses make striking centrepieces, decorates the home beautifully or as gifts for loved ones.

Poinsettia. Renowned for bursting into flower at Christmas, Poinsettia is beautiful traditional Christmas flowering plant, grown for vibrant coloured bracts. It’s cheery foliage in hues of red and green and distinct shape make it fitting flowers to decorate the home with at Christmas or make spectacular window displays for an office or restaurant.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your home this Christmas, take a look at corporate florist Todich Floral Design’s, a range of exquisite Christmas centrepieces, Christmas flower arrangements and beautiful seasonal plants and flowers sure to brighten your home.

Amaryllis Christmas flowers; much more than just a pot plant

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Amaryllis, or Hippeastrum to quote their correct name, are very popular Christmas gifts in the UK. Event florist Todich Floral Design sends many of these Christmas flowers to clients in London at this time of the year.

With their tall height, thick, straight stems and multiple, lily-like flower heads, they are instantly eye-catching in their own right as Christmas floral decorations and are most often sold as simple potted plants. But they also look wonderful in a range of different floral designs.

A bulbous plant, hippeastrum usually first appear in UK shops, florists and flower markets around September and are mostly bought and sold in pots as they grow and flower well indoors. They are available in a variety of colours well in to March as a cut flower and if bought in bulb form normally take about six to eight weeks to appear.

At London florist Todich Floral Design, we often use Amaryllis in our corporate flowers and wedding flowers throughout the winter months, as well as in Christmas flower arrangements

So if you, like us, love this flower and fancy having a go at creating your own alternative Christmas floral displays with them at home, below are some ideas for festive designs we love.

Christmas Amaryllis design1. Take a rustic enamelled jug and simply add a couple of amaryllis stems, some sprigs of holly and pine. Tie a pretty ribbon around the top of the jug, stand it on a tray and adorn with some festive Christmas baubles

2. Pot two stems of white amaryllis in a large silver tin bucket and top with pine cones and moss. Stand on a matching silver tray scattered with more pine cones and wooden stars

3. Create a wild winter centrepiece by taking a small table urn and filling with floral foam, then adding an assortment of peach amaryllis, red and gold cympidium orchids, peach roses, ranunculus, berried ivy and flowering eucalptus. Keep the outline assymetric for that ‘just thrown together’ look

4. Pot some bright red and white striped amaryllis in a mini wicker hamper, top with moss and scatter pine cones around the base for an English country garden style Christmas centrepiece or windowsill display

5. (Pictured above) Take a white glass cube vase and fill with floral foam. Add tall twigs sprayed sparkly white, then some shorter stems of pine as a filler around the base. Cut five to seven stems of red and white amaryllis at varying heights and you have a bright, tall and modern display

Hippeastrum is a genus of about 90 species of bulbous plants in the Amaryllidaceae family and is native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Central and South America, from Argentina, north up through Mexico and the Caribbean. Ideally you should have planted them by now if you were hoping to appreciate their wonderfully striking blooms at your Christmas table, but the plus is that if you’ve missed this deadline, you can plant them in the New Year to enjoy them well in to Spring.

Todich Floral Design is a luxury London florist specialising in event flowers, including Christmas flowers delivery and Christmas decorations. The company also offers a competitively priced service for office flowers and contracts, including real Christmas tree delivery and decorated Christmas tree delivery within London and the UK. Contact Todich Floral Design today to arrange a meeting and quote.

Five alternative floral designs for Christmas wreaths

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

It seems like all of a sudden Christmas is upon us and our workshop is filled with the lovely scent of pine, festive branches, decorations and leaves. But Christmas wreaths don’t have to just be pine, baubles, bows and cinnamon sticks. If you fancy a break with the norm there are many different types you can try or buy. At London florist Todich Floral Design we love experimenting with new materials and styles and are always on the look out for unusual twists on traditional floral fashion and designs. And Christmas provides the perfect excuse to get creative as we start installing corporate flowers and decorations at London offices,

Christmas wreaths by Corporate and event florist  in Londonrestaurantshotels and for media events. Although red, green and gold is the classic colour palette for Christmas, there are many other combinations you can use to give your Christmas flowers and arrangements a fresh and contemporary colour scheme. Deep purples and blues bring a luxurious feel to designs; cool whites, silvers, icey blues and lilacs help set a winter wonderland mood; pinks worked in with reds provide a softer, romantic vibe; and for a really modern look, a simple monochromatic colour scheme can look striking and chic. In terms of materials, twigs, nuts, mistletoe, berries, rose hips, ferns, herbs and of course flowers are additional natural items you can use, plus things like feathers, lace, pearls, crystal drops and of course various baubles and bows.

So without further ado, here are some of our ideas for alternative Christmas wreath designs:

Wild twig wreath with berries or rose hips: it’s possible to buy ready-made wild twig wreaths now which you can then decorate yourself, but if you want to do it yourself, you can create one using chicken wire and moss. Then make some individual bunches of twigs, before wiring these on in a spiral shape. Adorned simply with some ilex or holly berries, or alternatively plump rosehips and a red bow, this provides a really wintery-feeling, rustic display.

Natural bark & baubles: Less is sometimes more and when we want to create a natural look, our florists often use pieces of bark. These are easy to find at the flower market or in many shops and can quite simply be wired on to a mossed base. Do this first and then simply wire on a selection of different silver baubles too; a mix of matt, glossy and sparkly and then a simple silver bow at the top is just enough to finish of this design.

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Purple power: Symbolising power, wealth and nobility, purple brings a luxurious feel to flower arrangements and the bountiful hydrangea, available in a range of colours from light lilac to deeper hues provides the perfect base for a wreath. Add in some roses and black-centred anemones and you really need little more in order to create quite a spectacular, eye-catching design.

A wreath full of baubles: OK, so baubles are pretty traditional, but an entire wreath made just from these gives a different twist. And the best thing about this one is the possibilities are endless! You can choose from thousands of different colours and styles, whether you want to create something shiny and bright or in more muted, understated tones.

Black and white: Nothing quite makes a statement like black and white and this design, created for one of our corporate clients, was made by glueing sprayed pine cones and baubles on to a dry oasis base. Finished off with a luxurious black satin ribbon wrapped several times around the top quarter and then trailed elegantly through and down the back, it certainly made an impact!

Todich Floral Design specialises in creating bespoke designs for corporate flowers, event flowers and flowers for hotels, restaurants and bars. Contact us today for a free consultation.