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

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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!

Summer in England during Covid 19 Pandemic

Red roses and marriage prooposal

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

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.

Sanseveria

This beautiful sanseveria plant arrived from Holland this week. A plant like this can transform a space.

sanseveria

If you prefer a softer look, this close relative fits the bill. Both require little water and can cope with low light.

Flowers in Shakespeare’s Works

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.

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Pop up workshops at the office

We were delighted to give this pop up workshop over a lunchtime at Havas, Pancras
Square, hosted by Hearst.

Blue Monday was on 19th January – a tough time of year for many people.
The benefits of handling flowers and doing something creative are invaluable. Florists have been named as some of the most contented people around.
We run workshops for small groups at Stems in Sicilian Avenue, Holborn, but we can also arrange to come to your offices for larger groups.
If you want to learn a floral technique, we can tailor a class for that, or you can keep it informal, and we just bring you lots of beautiful flowers to play with!
Give us a call on 020 7831 6776 or email janet@stemsfloraldesign.com.

Find out more about our workshops for groups.

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.