Flowers. The Perfect Gift

Flowers are the Perfect Gift

Flowers are the perfect gift for so many occasions.
As a floral designer, wedding flowers have been my gift to many relatives and friends on their special day. I always take flowers to dinner parties – often adding blooms and foliage from my own garden.

bouquet with myrtle, red robin and blossom from my garden

I have been enjoying the cherry plum blossom I have the joy of smelling down the lane on my daily dog walk. I pick the cherry plums in July and make jam.

cherry plum blossom

I love this time of year – the days are getting longer, the birds are twittering with excitement, the spring flowers are in bloom. It’s the season of hope and renewal.

purple and white bouquet

Certain bouquets in the online shop are popular in different seasons. The rainbow colours are top in winter, and we’re now seeing less need for the bright colours. This must be related to the better quality of light in spring.

Memory Lane

Our Memory Lane bouquet’s popularity never fades. This is one of my favourite roses. So delicate in colour, but a very strong variety, it opens beautifully and lasts well.

Here are a couple more of this week’s creations. Although Covid has damaged trade to a huge extent, we are still able to make some beautiful designs, thanks to our loyal customers!

Florist in Bloomsbury

Happy Anniversary

This is our beautiful bouquet we have named Happy Anniversary. We gave it this name when we created it for a dear friend’s wedding anniversary. I love the rich red of the roses with the purples – strong colours that hold their own beside one another.

Mon petit chou bouquet
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In contrast, this pale bouquet of gentle whites, pinks and greens that we have named Mon Petit Chou, makes a suitable gift for many occasions. It contains white agapanthuus, white roses, cabbages and foliage, including myrtle and berried ivy.

Wild World

This part foraged bouquet includes cabbages, celosia, teasel and berried ivy with pussy willow and trailing amaranthus. I love the wild, natural look of it. I love the diversity of the requests we get for flowers too.

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Autumn as a season is best eeflected in the golds, green and rusts of the changing leaves and the golden sunshine, with a touch of blue/grey clouds. This bouquet, which you can find in our Autumn Specials in the online shop, depicts just that.

Wild purple and white bouquet
Stems of Holborn purple and white bouquet

The purples, mauves and whites of summer are still available. This bouquet was purple, white and green, and delivered in a vase for a guest at a local hotel. Long stemmed roses, lisianthus and limonium with cabbages and pussy willow in a clear glass vase.

The offices in Holborn are still literally empty. I know many people like working from home, and it’s safer than travelling to the office, but it’s having a devastating effect on the Hospitality industry. Let’s hope a vaccine is found soon, and we can return to some sort of normailty.

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

Flower Shop in Holborn, central London

Send flowers and make someone smile!

September sunrise

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.

Sunrise bouquets

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.

curry wkth fresh mint, turmeric and yoghurt sauce

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.

Colourful rainbow bouquet

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.

Wallflowers,

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.





Vintage flower bottles