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.

Valentines week

romantic flowers
Valentines Day falls on a Sunday this year, jeopardising the opportunity to send flowers to all those people you’ve had your eye on at work, in your local bar, restaurant or shop for a while.
We can tell from the panic phone calls from forgetful partners that office colleagues are receiving beautiful bouquets, & it’s been dropped into the conversation during a coffee break call! Let’s hope it happens on Friday anyway, in preparation for the weekend.
We’ll have a selection of our signature bouquets, as well as the traditional red rose bouquets. Give us a call on 020 7831 6776, email janet@stemsfloraldesign or use our online shop.

Christmas flowers

Signature Christmas bouquetWe are into the Chrsistmas season now, & have been making wreaths, garlands, dressing Christmas trees & making beautiful bouquets with berries, amaryllis, sparkly twigs & orchids.

Here are some of the best things you can buy from your florist that will last well for Christmas:

blue pine branches: scented, luscious, thick branches of pine that can be laid on the mantelpiece or dining table – maybe with a few pieces of dried fruit, cones, cinnamon & berries

Cut flowers:

amaryllis – make sure the florist puts a stick inside the hollow stem. The flowers become heavy when fully open & the soft stem can collapse without support

cymbidium orchid: very long lasting flower that comes in many colours. The green are especially strong

ilex berries: long, bare stems, covered in red berries

lilies: remove the pollen as the blooms open to save stains.

hyacinths: short stems, strong scent – maybe too strong for some of your guests, so be careful! Cut the stems shorter as they grow & start to flop.

tulips: in my opinion, should be left until spring! But people do love them< & will always buy them.

Pointsettia plants: Lovely, red star-shaped flowers. They are quite fragile, & if the stem snaps, a white sap will ooze out. It’s poisonous to animals, so put out of reach of puppies & kittens!

Growing Christmas trees: There is a variety of small, growing fir trees, from 30cm – 1 metre high, suitable for small flats. They look really cute decorated & lit.

If you need flowers, call us on 020 7831 6776, or email janet@stemsfloraldesign.com