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

The Carbon Locking Ability of Trees to Fight Climate Change

i heard on the News this evening that the ice that has melted in Antarctica since the 90’s is enough to fill The Grand Canyon. That’s scary.

I work closely with nature, the outdoors is my favourite place to be, and I love trees especially. When I look at a tree, I see strength, tenacity, history, a safe place, a life giving force….

Oak Trees

Oak trees and climate change#oak #oaktrees #climatechange #carbonemissions #globalwarming #gallwasps #ink #medicine #naturalmedicine #nature #healing #acorn

Posted by Stems of Holborn on Friday, August 7, 2020
rainbow bouquet

Rainbow colours are a popular choice for summer bouquets. It adds a fun, informal element.

Summery pinks and purples

Summery pinks and purples are also in high demand. I love the strong cerise with purple. Wrapped in brown paper and tied with a raffia bow, this hand tied bouquet is ready to pop into a vase.

I love making posies from my home grown flowers. I grow lavender, lemon balm, myrtle, wallflowers, mint and oregano. The sweet peas are just about finished, but I have a beautiful, deep purple buddleia which the butterflies love. It seems that the number of butterflies has overtaken the number of planes this summer!

We have yet another order for flowers for a marriage proposal this week. I think 2021 will be a mega busy year for weddings – and holidays abroad!

Stems in Holborn


As a florist in Holborn for the past 32 years, I have seen many changes. The home of Stems has always been in Sicilian Avenue.
Central St. Martin’s School of Art and Design, www.arts.ac.uk was opposite my shop in Sicilian Avenue, and Victoria House was The Liverpool Victoria.
So when they both moved out, it felt very empty. Other insurance companies and Building Societies slowly moved out of the area. Then the first www.Metrobank.co.uk opened
Central St. Martin’s is now full of small TV and production companies. Victoria House has several companies, but also the fabulous Bloomsbury Ballroom in the basement – home of the London Cabaret Club www.thelondoncabaretclub.com. In the old Prudential building, we now have the fabulous Rosewood Hotel , www.rosewoodhotels.com
We have the lovely academic buildings of Bloomsbury, and of course, The British Museum. Lincoln’s Inn Fields is the home of The Sir John Soane Museum – a hidden treasure.
We are in Sicilian Avenue itself, with its beautiful towers and turrets.
Holborn is neither the City, nor the West End proper. It is its own little oasis in the centre of the two parts. At weekends, it is full of tourists, visiting The British Museum.
If you want to send flowers, come and visit us, or call us on 07932 052411. You can also order online.