Bloomsbury in Bloom


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


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

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

Visit Stems of Holborn and plan your wedding flowers!

You can visit us at Stems to discuss your wedding flowers. Normally, we can give you an outline of everything you should consider in half an hour.
It amazes me that some brides to be contact us a week before the event, while others are already planning two years in advance! There is, of course, a lot of pleasure to be derived from planning an event. is a source widely used by brides to be. They often show us photos they have seen. But since there are no filters for seasons or suitability, many of the images are not feasible for bridal flowers.
I have supplied flowers for weddings at The Palace of Westminster, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Aquarium at London Zoo, The Steam Museum at Kew, The Museum of Garden History and many more of our elegant London landmarks. But my favourites have to be the marquee weddings. I love it when the marquee opens out onto a beautiful garden and we can reflect that in our floral displays inside rhe marquee.
Just as with the food we eat, where in season is synonymous with at its best, flowers bang in season are unbeatable.
If you’re planning a spring wedding, think freesia, tulips, narcissi, ranunculus, blossom. If it’s summer, you have the choice of big, blousey peonies and hydrangea with delphiniums and digitalis for the large displays, or dainty little spray roses and soft lisianthus and limonium with veronica for a fairytale look.
I’ not keen on the current jam jar trend, with cluttered tables. It’s what the table should look like at the end of the reception, not the beginning!
The main thing is, choose the flowers to suit the venue – and find out what’s in season on your chosen date. You can then colour coordinate with bridesmaids’ dresses, ties, waistcoats, venue colour scheme etc.