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.

Flowers in Holborn to brighten the short days


We keep a beautiful stock of flowers in Holborn, and specialise in speedy same day delivery in the local areas of Holborn, Bloomsbury, Covent Garden, the City and the West End.
It always amazes me how different colours of the flowers look in the changing seasons – orange roses become almost luminous in autumn, the pinks don’t look as soft as in summer, the browns and golds match the falling leaves of nature and the golden, autumn sunshine.

We’ve had the usual run of interesting customers lately, including a lady whose wedding flowers we supplied in the early 99’s! She hadn’t been back since, and was delighted to find us still in Sicilian Avenue after all these years.
Then there was the guy secretly in love with a girl at work, a bouquet for a film set, plus birthday bouquets, thank you bouquets and new baby gifts.

Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t like the Christmas window display to go in too early. But I suppose it’s about time, with Christmas office parties starting at the beginning of December.

Holly, mistletoe, blue pine, cones and cinnamon smells so good. We like to keep our displays as natural as possible. Luckily, blue pine, ilex and cones are very log-lasting, so you can buy well before Christmas.

We are very excited to be appearing at The Chelsea Flower Show next year, and we’re busy designing a beautiful Shakespeare garden for our booth, which is for Gerit Quealy’s amazing book, Botanical Shakespeare. It covers all the plants, trees, herba and flowers in Shakespeare’s works.

If you need to send flowers in Holborn and surrounding areas, do give us a call on 020 7831 6776 or email janet@stemsfloraldesign.com. We also have an online shop for your convenience. You can call if you’d like to discuss your requirements. We supply flowers for weddings and corporate events.

Florist in central London


As a florist in central London for the past 32 years, ( we are in Sicilian Avenue, Bloomsbury), I’ve seen many changes in the flower industry.
The biggest changes have been the supermarkets taking a larger share of flower sales, and of course, the internet.
Many shops used to survive on orders from a relay company, such as Interflora or Teleflorist, but with the help of Google, people can now contact a shop direct in any given area.
A good florist will always do something far better than anything you will find in a supermarket. Most florists are passionate about flowers, and you’ll end up with something special.
With the big day, (Valentine’s) approaching, make sure you place your order in plenty of time. We can source almost any flower, grade A1, and deliver a beautiful bouquet to your loved one.
Call us on 020 7831 6776 or 07932 052411 or email janet@stemsfloraldesign.com