Learn how to make a Christmas wreath in London or Windsor

Come and join us, Government guidelines permitting, and learn how to make a Christmas wreath to hang on your door or wall.

Wreath

This is a dried flower wreath, but for Christmas, we like to use blue pine, cones, dried apple, orange and cinnamon with seasonal twigs and cones

Christmas wreath

We’ve been preparing our Christmas window with wreath and fairy lights. We have a great selection of plants and pots that make lovely Christmas gifts

The shop and a euphorbia candelabrum

Lockdown has honed people’s appreciation of both good health and nature, so plants willl be a popular gift choice this year, with their healthy, healing properties.

Red and gold wreath

Our classes will be held in Sicilian Avenue, Bloomsbury. A demo will be given, using a wire frame with moss, and the pine and decorations will be added to the wreath. If you prefer to make a table arrangement, we will also demonstrate this.

You will then design and make your own wreath under supervision. You will be delighted with the result!

The Thames at Windsor

The weather has been amazing for the time of year. The swans, geese and ducks on the Thames in Windsor have been missing the swarms of tourists who usually feed them. We’ve made a few trips with some bread.

Raspberries, spinach, chard, broccoli leaves and herbs from our garden

I can’t believe we’re still picking raspberries in the garden in November! Everything home grown just tastes so much better!

Call us on 07932 052411 if you’d like to join us for a wreath making workshop, or email janet@stemsfloraldesign.com for more information.

Click and Collect or Text and Collect Flowers in Holborn

You can click on our webshop or text and collect flowers on 07932 052411.

The news of another lockdown is not a welcome one for small businesses. Everyone has pulled out all the stops, modifying their bainesses, forming alliances and hoping for an end to this.

One to one Flower arranging classes
Hand tied bouquet by a student

We offer one to one tuition in flower arranging at Stems. This is a great way to learn quickly. Students benefit from 35 years of experience in the industry. Whether you are planning on opening your own business, finding a job or you just want to arrange flowers at home, we tailor make a course for your requirements.

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Autumn soecials biuquet

The stunning colours of autumn flowers come at just the right time, as the days draw in and the air cools. We love making bouquets in all these beautiful colours. We have chrysanths, trailing amaranthus, celosia, astilbe, cabbages, berried ivy, roses in every colour, grasses and seed heads.

Flower shop in Bloomsbury, Stems of Holborn
Flowers of autumn

There’s a wide selection of bouquets to choose from on our online shop. Look at the Bestseller’s list or the Autumn Collection.
Alternatively, text us on 07932 052411 with what you’d like to collect and when. We’ll text you straight back.

Pampas grass in Stems of Holborn shop window

Flowers in Bloomsbury

Happy Anniversary

This is our beautiful bouquet we have named Happy Anniversary. We gave it this name when we created it for a dear friend’s wedding anniversary. I love the rich red of the roses with the purples – strong colours that hold their own beside one another.

Mon petit chou bouquet
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In contrast, this pale bouquet of gentle whites, pinks and greens that we have named Mon Petit Chou, makes a suitable gift for many occasions. It contains white agapanthuus, white roses, cabbages and foliage, including myrtle and berried ivy.

Wild World

This part foraged bouquet includes cabbages, celosia, teasel and berried ivy with pussy willow and trailing amaranthus. I love the wild, natural look of it. I love the diversity of the requests we get for flowers too.

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Autumn as a season is best eeflected in the golds, green and rusts of the changing leaves and the golden sunshine, with a touch of blue/grey clouds. This bouquet, which you can find in our Autumn Specials in the online shop, depicts just that.

Wild purple and white bouquet
Stems of Holborn purple and white bouquet

The purples, mauves and whites of summer are still available. This bouquet was purple, white and green, and delivered in a vase for a guest at a local hotel. Long stemmed roses, lisianthus and limonium with cabbages and pussy willow in a clear glass vase.

The offices in Holborn are still literally empty. I know many people like working from home, and it’s safer than travelling to the office, but it’s having a devastating effect on the Hospitality industry. Let’s hope a vaccine is found soon, and we can return to some sort of normailty.

Getting back to work in Bloomsbury

50 Red Roses with hydrangea

Local hotels are reporting a slow return of guests to our local hotels in Bloomsbury and Holborn, so we were delighted to provide this amazing bouquet of 50 red roses and hydrangea to The Rosewood Hotel on High Holborn for a special birthday.

Sunflowers and autumn shades

This lovely autumn sunshine bouquet was also for a birthday, and won us a 5 star Google review. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed both making and photographing it. I do love the “bang in season” bouquets, and now is the time for sunflowers, callas, crocosmia seedheads and scabious with grasses.

Good enough to eat!

I’m a huge foodie, and love the overlap of food and flowers. Somehow, no colours together look wrong, and at this time of year, people appreciate strong colours.I often add a few chillies to my bouquets, and garnish my food with autumn leaves and berries.

How to forage and make your own autumn bouquet

How to forage and make your own autumn n bouquet

Many of us have had more time at home since lockdown. Even if you’re working full time, the time saving lack of daily commute gives is a few extra hours in the day. We have the choice of when to take a break for a walk, a coffee, or a project.

i love to go foraging, and right now, the rosehips, teasel and berried ivy are spectacular. There aee dried grasses and oak leaves with acorn clusters. You can take a pair of scissors on your walk and cut a few interesting branches. Buy a few flowers from your nearest florist, bring home, and set out on a table with your foraged stems.

Now decide if you want to make a tall, tapered bouquet or a round posy. If it’s a tall one, place your stems in order of length. This way, you can see which will form the back and the front. If you’re making a posy, cut all the stems to approximately the same length. Then clean all thorns and foliage, leaving only the top one third of flowers and foliage on the stems. Collect up the flowers in your hand, one by one. When you’re happy, tie with harden string and place in a vase.

teasel

Wedding flowers Bloomsbury

i do love tiny flowers because they remind me of wild flowers.I could look at them for hours. I am particularly enjoying the nerine – bright pink with delicate, curly petals.

Bride’s bouquet

i had to end this with the most beautiful image, sent by the bride herself to us. The flowers she chose are perfect with the delicate beading on her beautiful dress!

if tou need flowers for any occason, come and see us at Stems of Holborn in Sicilian Avenue, Bloomsbury, or call us on 07932 052411