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!

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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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Meadow flowers

Meadow flowers in March
Foraging in July

There seem to be lots of corporate events taking place earlier than usual this year, possibly due to the Brexit effect, and all the uncertainty surrounding it.

Anyway, exciting for us to be given new challenges, and no time to feel the exhaustion from the week before!

Wild, natural and meadow flowers are very popular right now. If you’re looking for the natural look, but with flowers out of season, it’s a bit more tricky to recreate in the early part of the year.

Some flowers with all year round availability, like veronica and clematis, have a wild, natural look, with their delicate nature. But fresh grasses and seed heads are not available.

The first image shows the meadow bouquet we created this week, from cultivated flowers. The soft mauves, pinks, whites and yellows of a summer meadow, and the small, delicate blooms of wild flowers have been used.

This image shows what is really on offer in the garden at this time of year – wallflowers, japonica, myrtle, lavender leaves and camellia. The abundance of green, in all its various shades, is missing, and is replaced with blossom and leafless trees.

I’m working with a couple who’ll be getting married in July. I’ve seen the venue, and I know where they’d like flowers, but I hadn’t seen an image of the bride’s dress. They had described it to me. When I finally saw the dress, it was a reminder of how important it is to see the whole picture. The colours were not what I had envisaged, neither in shade nor in quantity.

My favourite time for flowers is in the summer, when we are surrounded by a profusion of green and flowers. Nature provides all the inspiration I need to create amazing designs.

My preference is always to add flowers to a backdrop of foliage, just like we see in the wild. The natural curves, gnarls – and even gaps, allow us to see the true beauty of their juxtaposition.

It’s amazing how certain flowers thrive some years, and not others. Of course it depends on the weather, but not just the recent weather. A dry winter can have an effect on what happens in summer.

The cow parsley was beautiful this year. All of a sudden, one hot day at the end of May finished off all the beautiful white clusters in my garden.

This was soon replaced with the joy of seeing the first digitalis, or foxgloves, as they are affectionately known. Tall and proud, they sway gently in the breeze.






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.

Spring flowers


For me, the colours of spring ate yellow, white and mauve. I see these colours in the spring flowers – starting with snowdrops, then crocuses, daffodils, primroses, anemones, pearl hyacinths.. and I now have violets and forget-me-nots in the garden.
Just as we have out of season fruit and vegetables readily available nowadays, it’s the same story with flowers – some grown in high tech greenhouses in Holland, and others flown in from all over the world.
If you want to give flowers as a gift, call us on 07932 052411 or wmail janet@stemsfloraldesign.com