Stems of Holborn, diary of a central London florist October 2019

Happy Anniversary
Autumn bouquet for wedding anniversary

I love it when the season changes, and flowers we haven’t seen for several months reappear. Many flowers are grown all year round nowadays, but the rich colours of autumn creep in, making everything look strong and deep in colour and texture.

I was delighted to receive a visit from my dear friend and G.P., Adrian, who came to collect a bouquet for his wife on their wedding anniversary.

We discussed the value of creative classes for people with mental health issues, and we hope to be of help with this in the future. I benefit from the healing properties of flowers on a daily basis, and have seen how working with flowers can help others over the past thirty- five years.

Autumn bouquet
The warm colours of autumn

Just like the warm glow of an Autumn sunset, these bouquets reflect the end of summer, the changing colours of the leaves – almost as if they are holding the warmth of summer.

The universities have started back now, and we’ve been supplying lots of beautiful flowers to the LSE, UCL and King’s for lectures and dinners.

Limonium, hydrangea, crocosmia, sedum and grevillia






We’ve been enjoying this mix of limonium, hydrangea, crocosmia and sedum as a background to our arrangements. Some people love them just as they are, or perhaps with a few grasses added

The latest news from Stems of Holborn

This is the latest news on what’s been happening at Stems!

Mock up of bridal bouquet
Actual bridal bouquet

Some of our Stems girls had a friend getting married on the beautiful Greek island of Kasos, and were asked to prepare all the floral displays.

They wanted to use the indigenous olive and bougainvillea, which is stunningly beautiful, and at its best right now. The bride also wanted ivory roses, lisianthus and gyp. We designed the bouquet in London, but without the bougainvillea, which doesn’t grow well in our more temperate climate.

The end result was a beautiful bouquet, tied to make it robust enough to withstand the heat, as well as being thrown by the bride to see who would be next in line to get married!

There was a large number of guests, all seated at long trestle tables adorned with mini olive trees and dotted with small vases of olive, bougainvillea, roses and gyp.

This was a truly romantic setting for a wedding, and the girls enjoyed the beautiful beaches and amazing scenery the island has to offer after the wedding.

Vase of cool ivory

We were asked to make a vase of ivory flowers for a presentation this week. The flowers were set off by the gorgeous phalaenopsis orchid. Flowers can certainly add a touch of elegance to a room.

This weekend marks the start of a new academic term, and our diary is filling up with requests for flowers from the many academic institutions that surround our shop on Sicilian Avenue, Holborn.

We look forward to the arrival of the autumn flowers, in beautiful shades of gold, orange and copper. It’s like the warmth of the golden, autumn sunsets.

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.