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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The highlight of the week was the preparation of red rose displays for a marriage proposal at a bar in Soho. Red roses everywhere, and rose petals strewn over the tables, I would have loved to have seen her face!
Tower Bridge with Pink Clouds
I wonder how many people were lucky enough to experience this beautiful sky over Tower Bridge last week. Our floral designs are inspired by nature, using the colours and textures we see.
This beautiful sanseveria plant arrived from Holland this week. A plant like this can transform a space.
If you prefer a softer look, this close relative fits the bill. Both require little water and can cope with low light.
It was the anniversary of an event we were a part of at The Sloane Club in Chelsea this week. Hosted by Country Life, there was a talk by Gerit Quealy, author of Botanical Shakespeare. We foraged many of the flowers mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays, and had great fun arranging them. These little mushrooms were my favourites, along with the burdock.
The streets are slowly getting busier, restaurants are opening, and the Government is encouraging companies to bring their staff back to the office, in a cautious manner.
If we can help you with any floral or plant requirements, give us a call.