halloween flowers

purple Halloween
a purple take on Halloween

This is another take on a Halloween bouquet – cabbage, black callas, skimmia, thistle, statice and limonium with astrantia and hypericum berries.

I think of pinks and purples as summer colours, but I am acutely aware of the seasons. I think people buy colours to suit the interior design in their homes, and if buying for someone else, they base it on the colours the person wears, or impressions of colour choice due to personality. It’s all fascinating!

Halloween wedding bouquets
Halloween wedding

This is our Halloween bridal bouquet and two bridesmaids’ bouquets for a wedding today. The Chinese lanterns, (physalis) and orange roses are a stark contrast to the purple erngium and lisianthus. The spiky grevillia and oak leaves give them the ‘witchy” look!

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 for events in central London


We’ve had a very busy week, full of flowers for events in central London.
When it comes to choosing a venue for your event in London, you’re spoilt for choice! From smart London hotels to blank warehouse spaces, it’s all here.
One of the events, for a US online games company, was hosted at the Corinthia Hotel on Whitehall Place, in the magnificent ballroom. The flowers were all white and green – hydrangea, roses,
Lilies and lisianthus. Very smart, and rhe green of the hydrangea was luminous.
Another event had these lovely deep reds, made with roses, chrysanths, sedum, black callas and love-lies-bleeding, (amaranthus).
Using the right colour palette can really reinforce your brand, so it’s important to get the advice of a good florist to see what’s available.
Another project is wedding flowers in white and blush. Blush roses, ( palest pink) are very popular this year.
We are constantly finding that brides to be are researching wedding flowers on websites that don’t clearly state whether the flowers in the image are real or artificial, and what time of year they are available. This causes disappointment when they realise they can’t have what they’ve fallen in love with in an image.
It really is advisable to speak to a good florist. Most florists will gove you a free consultation, and that is well worth doing.
We cover all of central London for flowers for events, and although the shop is closed at weekends, we still take on bespoke events.
We also grow scented foliage to give the flowers a natural, organic feel and obviously they smell gorgeous! We use three types of mint, myrtle, lavender and rosemary – all organically grown by us!
If you need flowers for an event in central London, give us a call on 07932 052411 or email janet@stemsfloraldesign.com