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

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Jan founded Stems in London WC1 in 1985, after changing her career as a teacher/translator, & training as a florist in Sweden. Her unique style, inspired by country walks, has been described as natural & wild, but with depth & sophistication. From a simple, tiny posy to grand events at St. James's Palace, Jan loves creating beautiful arrangements.