Meadow flowers

Meadow flowers in March
Foraging in July

We were expecting a quiet week after Valentine’s Day, but we were wrong!

There seem to be lots of corporate events taking place earlier than usual this year, possibly due to the Brexit effect, and all the uncertainty surrounding it.

Anyway, exciting for us to be given new challenges, and no time to feel the exhaustion from the week before!

Wild, natural and meadow flowers are very popular right now. If you’re looking for the natural look, but with flowers out of season, it’s a bit more tricky to recreate in the early part of the year.

Some flowers with all year round availability, like veronica and clematis, have a wild, natural look, with their delicate nature. But fresh grasses and seed heads are not available.

The first image shows the meadow bouquet we created this week, from cultivated flowers. The soft mauves, pinks, whites and yellows of a summer meadow, and the small, delicate blooms of wild flowers have been used.

This image shows what is really on offer in the garden at this time of year – wallflowers, japonica, myrtle, lavender leaves and camellia. The abundance of green, in all its various shades, is missing, and is replaced with blossom and leafless trees.

I’m working with a couple who’ll be getting married in July. I’ve seen the venue, and I know where they’d like flowers, but I hadn’t seen an image of the bride’s dress. They had described it to me. When I finally saw the dress, it was a reminder of how important it is to see the whole picture. The colours were not what I had envisaged, neither in shade nor in quantity.

My favourite time for flowers is in the summer, when we are surrounded by a profusion of green and flowers. Nature provides all the inspiration I need to create amazing designs.

My preference is always to add flowers to a backdrop of foliage, just like we see in the wild. The natural curves, gnarls – and even gaps, allow us to see the true beauty of their juxtaposition.






Get flowers for Valentine’s Day!

Flowers for Valentine’s Day

Get some beautiful flowers for Valentine’s Day!
Our diary is heaving, but we still have room for more orders, thanks to our brilliant team this year.
You can come and select your own bouquet at the shop at 3, Sicilian Avenue, WC1A 2QH, or call us to place your order.
I laughed when I read a comment on social media from an Irish florist this week: “Dick bought flowers for Valentine’s Day from a supermarket last year. Dick is now single”
If you want top quality, good design and a great choice of flowers, you can rely on a proper florist. Proper florists are dedicated and hard-working and often have an incredible knowledge. You may like to know the meaning of a particular flower or colour. We can help.
We also know which flowers are truly in season. We know what lasts well and what goes together in terms of colour and
flower species.



We will have best Red Naomi roses, as well as Kenyan Upper Class for those on a tighter budget. But our best-seller is always our signature bouquet – flowers
selected from the best available blooms, in a colour scheme of you choice – or leave it completely to us, and we will be happy to choose our favourites of the day.
We can aqua pack the flowers, so you have no concerns over the length of time out of water. Offices are inundated with deliveries on the day, so it’s wise to have the flowers delivered in water and in an easy to carry bag for the journey home.
We have an online shop, so you can order at www.stemsfloraldesign.com or give us a call on 07932 052411.
Even better, if you have time, come and visit our beautiful shop!
So when all the preparation is done – special food bought or restaurant booked, outfit chosen, that just leaves the flowers to make for a perfect Valentine’s Day!
P.s. Have you ever thought of bathing in rose petals?













Weddings, events and weekly flowers

Flowers for events
Flowers for events in London

Flowers, flowers! We’ve had a very busy week with a wedding, two events and weekly office flowers, as well as many visits to the shop for birthdays, leaving gifts, new babies, anniversaries and any other occasion that warrants flowers!

It’s been so cold this week, and the plants and flowers we keep outside the shop require at least 2 degrees, so we’ve had to keep them all indoors until the temperature rises during the day.

We’ve been using these lovely echeveria succulents in our arrangements this week, and cactuses too. The shapes and textures are amazing. Mixed with cut flowers and a selection of cut foliage, they demonstrate the huge choice of flowers we can enjoy nowadays – just like the food we have on offer. This is fusion floristry!

We prepared wedding flowers for a lovely young couple today – all white and green, with clouds of gyp, hellebores, lisianthus, Athena roses, alstromeria and Green Bell with eucalyptus. They were so laid back, and decided to go for a hearty breakfast before picking up the flowers. He offered to pay, she said, “thanks” with a brilliant smile.

Everyone longs for the arrival of spring, and we try to reflect it in our January weekly office flowers. The days are becoming lighter, a sign of warmer days on the way. We use lots of bright colours – yellows and oranges that make you feel warmer!

I love all the twigs and branches at this time of year. We have pussy willow, forsythia, twisted hazel and white blossom in stock. It adds another dimension to the arrangements, and can be used again and again.

If you are hosting an event in Central London, give us a call and we will guide you through how to choose the best floral displays within your budget.




Flowers for Christmas

Send flowers for Christmas
Christmas flowers

Stems Sicilian Avenue shop window
Stems shop window Christmas 2018
Come and get some flowers for Christmas! We can deliver, or you can visit our beautiful shop in Sicilian Avenue and choose grom a wonderful selection – we will have berries, blue pine, roses, amaryllis, lilies and coloured birch twigs to add sparkle. Whatever your colour scheme this year, we can design a beautiful bouquet for you.
We have lots of Secret Santa plants to choose from, and we supply Christmas displays for your office reception desk or Christmas parties.
We’ve been dressing the shop window with some lovely Christmas lights and wreaths. The spathphyllum (peace lilies), with their white flowers and dark green leaves look pretty, nestled amongst a variety of succulents, cactuses and hanging plants.
Part of the fun of Christmas is the planning – the menu, the colour scheme, the style and the flowers. We look forward to helping you create a perfect Christmas!
Call us on 07932 052411 or email janet@stemsfloraldesign.com
Christmas falls on Tuesday this year. You can buy your flowers on the Friday before, and choose long-lasting lilies, orchids, amaryllis, berries and pine. We can also make you a table centre display, with our without a candle. If you keep the flowers watered, and change the water in vases every other day, your flowers will last well.
We’re giving a wreath making class at ITV next week. We’ll be giving a demo while the ITV staff enjoy a glass of wine.They will then make their own wreath to take home.
If you want to make your own wreath,
You’ll need a wire frame, some moss, string for binding, blue pine and other foliage for the base. You can then decorate with pine cones, berries, bows and sparkly twigs. You can hang the wreath on your door, or use it as a table centre with a big candle in the centre.
Spray mist the wreath to moisten the moss and keep the foliage fresh.