Long live the King

Published: Thursday 6th of June 2019

The King protea or Protea cynaroides is one of the most popular wedding flowers – particularly for wedding bouquets. However it does cause some confusion as there are so many different selections of Kings commercially available. Flowering times vary considerably depending on the different selection as well as on weather, drought and veld fires.

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Floral decor at Disa Primary School

Published: Tuesday 29th of January 2019

In December we were fortunate enough to do the floral decor for Disa Primary School’s year-end function. What a fabulous experience. Disa Primary is a state-of-the-art, no-fee primary school situated in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay.

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Turning Fabulous Ideas into Fabulous Weddings

Published: Wednesday 3rd of October 2018

So many brides have planned their wedding day for months, even years and one of my great delights is co-working with the bride to create the wedding flowers, décor and ambience she dreamt of.

When it comes to the floral decor of a wedding it is critical to try to see the bride’s vision of her wedding through her eyes. I find the best way to start this process is to meet the bride/bridal couple if possible, to look at photos of ideas, look at previous weddings we may have done and for me to offer advice about what products are available, etc. If a meeting is not possible, sharing emails of pictures/pinterest pages and moodboards are a good way of getting started.

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Wonderful Winter Weddings

Published: Wednesday 27th of June 2018

While the winter weather here in the Cape may be unpredictable, you can be sure of a variety of fabulous proteas and fynbos looking gorgeous at this time of year. King proteas (both light pink and white) are flowering, plus the ever-popular Protea Venus. The dramatic bearded proteas such as Niobe and Ice Queen plus the cute Protea Robyn are also in bloom now.

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Tying the Knot

Published: Wednesday 25th of April 2018

Weddings are always such a joyous occasion, they open the hearts and uplift the spirits of everyone present as they get to celebrate the love two people have for one another. The fact that we get to play a part in creating the atmosphere on the day makes it so much more rewarding for us. Toni and Morné got married recently and their wedding was truly magical.

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The imperfectly perfect free-form bouquet

Published: Monday 26th of February 2018

We all know the beloved round bouquet at a wedding all too well but recently free-form bouquets have become more popular. Brides have started revolutionising the shape of their bouquet; free-form, natural and relaxed bouquets are now the order of the day. Brides prefer a loosely arranged bouquet because of its airy and whimsical feel , plus the opportunity this style gives to reflect the individuality of the bride.

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Making your fabulous fynbos last longer

Published: Friday 10th of November 2017

Fynbos is one of those rare plants that looks absolutely beautiful when freshly picked and just as gorgeous when dried. The first prize, however, is getting the most out of your fresh flower arrangement, because once your bunch dries there’s no turning back!

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How to make a flower crown

Published: Tuesday 17th of October 2017

Summer is the season for weddings, music festivals and flower crowns. Happily, flower crowns require very little effort and materials to make and fynbos makes for both a stunning and hardy crown.

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The quintessential South African bouquet

Published: Monday 4th of September 2017

Your wedding bouquet is surely the most important decor feature of the wedding ceremony. Not only does it reflect the bride’s personality, but it sets the look and feel of the wedding decor. It’s your stand-out accessory (after the groom of course!) while you say your vows in front of those you love.

If you love weddings and spend any time on Pinterest at all, you will notice that Protea-inspired bouquets are all the rage. And rightfully so. Fynbos is absolutely gorgeous, versatile and resilient - no bruising of petals here! The hardy flowers also dry really well, allowing your bouquet to remain intact years after your ceremony.

Whether you are going for a purist fynbos look or a mix of roses, gypsophila and other garden flowers, Proteas and fynbos can be used to create the most stunning bouquets. Proteas in particular are a favourite because they provide the focal point around which the rest of the ensemble can be arranged.

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The story of Venus

Published: Thursday 27th of July 2017


Protea Venus, the gorgeous pink protea you are seeing for sale all over Cape Town at the moment is very close to our hearts here at Fabulous Fynbos.

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