Florist 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

Bloomsbury in Bloom

Sunflowers

It’s been a lovely week for flowers. We’ve had a couple of little weddings and some weekly flower orders. The sunflowers are still looking fabulous, and the autumn colours are creeping in.

Autumn shades with callas, nutans, craspedia, scabious heads and crocosmia

50TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY FLOWERS AT THE RITZ

5O years
bridal bouquet 1970 and 2020

We received an assignment this week to replicate a bridal bouquet from 1970. Due to the pandemic, some of the flowers were not in stock, but the couple’s daughter was so adamant that this should be as close as possible to the original, she made a trip to the Flower Market to find the missing flowers!

The bouquet contained bright pink roses, stephanotis, white heather and asparagus fern.

These trailing bouquets were popular in the 1970’s. They were made in floral foam, which dates

back to the Fifties, and revolutionised floristry. Beforehand, every flower was wired, or put on a false wire stem so they could be angled. Larger displays were made in moss with a chicken wire cage. This method has returned, as most floral foam is not green enough.

White bridal bouquet

We made this bouquet for a bride today. It’s sad that the rules changed to a maximum of 15 guests this week. The white Akito roses are perfect for petite brides. We used gyp, snowberry and eucalyptus, and hand tied with the roses.

My Garden Office

I am really enjoying working under my garden gazebo. Sadly, it’s mostly paperwork and SEO, but a friend did ask me to make a thank you bouquet this week. We bought a few roses, but everything else was growing in the garden – wallflowers, lemon balm, lavender and myrtle. It smelt wonderful!

Fiddle leaf fig
Alocasia

We supplied these two monster plants to someone this week too. His home will soon be a jungle!

We have a great selection of green plants in our shop in Bloomsbury. You can come and visit and pick a few up.

Garden flowers

Flower Shop in Holborn, central London

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September sunrise

I have a flower shop in Holborn, central London, and I have always taken my inspiration from nature. Never one to read fashion magazines, I’d rather be walking in the countryside or sitting in my garden. I see beauty in natural things. I feel blessed for that, and have never felt under pressure to support an expensive lifestyle, but rather to work with the things I love, regardless of earning lots of money.

This superb sunrise was just a few days ago. I transfer the colours to the flowers I buy and use to make biuquets.

Sunrise bouquets

Food and flowers

i like to experiment with colours as a theme, running through my floral designs and the food I prepare. We had a curry with lots of red chillis, fresh coriander, golden mangoes and earthy bread.

curry wkth fresh mint, turmeric and yoghurt sauce

We have been asked to make several very colourful bouquets this week, as people filter back to work in Holborn. It feels like a reason to celebrate each time another small business reopens its doors, having survived lockdown.

Colourful rainbow bouquet

i have a few summer flowers left in the garden, and the herbs are flowering and seeding. My amazing wallflowers just keep on and on, giving me lovely little mauve flowers to add to my herd posies.

Wallflowers,

sweet pas and lemon balm with mint

Some people are choosing to go ahead with their weddings despite the limit on number of guests. I suppose there will be big parties at a later date.
we made these beautiful flower clusters in vintage bottles for a little wedding.
I love to use herbs such as lemon balm, mint and myrtle with small, dainty blooms.





Vintage flower bottles