Bramley Bath & Beauty

We now stock lovely bath and body products from Bramley, an English botanicals brand from Wiltshire. Currently in the shop are scented candles, oil diffusers, hand soaps and creams, all with lovely, natural scents. The products are made from 100% natural British botanicals, blended with a unique apple seed oil and organic apple extract blend. Bramley products contain ‘nothing harmful or unethical’. They are vegan-friendly, cruelty free and the packaging is 100% recyclable.

Bramley product hand cream

We wanted to add some gift options to the shop because sending a small gift alongside flowers is perfect for some occasions and also because giving flowers is not always possible. We already offer plants and pots so these natural gifts seemed like a good idea. Especially attractive was their essential connection to the English countryside whilst also having a modern aesthetic, smelling perfect and being therapeutically effective. The packaging is decorated with beautiful botanical flower designs.

Bramley product hand care set

As well as selling the products separately in our shop, we can deliver a beautiful bouquet or vase arrangement of fresh seasonal flowers accompanied with a Bramley product and a personal note. Available to order with a flower delivery on our website or in store.

New book of sustainable floristry techniques

A Guide to floral mechanics by Sarah Diligent and William Mazuch. Kensington flowers are very proud  to have pledged our support to make the publication of this book possible.

 

In her own words, Sarah’s ethos is ‘working with nature, doing no lasting damage and bringing joy’.

Although floristry looks like a green industry, in recent years people have begun to recognise its environmental impact; in particular the use of green florists foam which releases micro plastics into the water cycle when it disintegrates.

Kensington flowers has already moved to natural biodegradable wrapping, including ‘eco wraps’  and has dramatically reduced its use of single use plastics and if we have to use  floral foam , we choose biodegradable.  Although these were important moves, there is more to do. Sarahs book is a technical manual for florists about how to avoid the negative impacts of floristry on our planet.

Excitingly, the book might also be suitable for enthusiastic amateurs.  Sarah’s writing partner William Mazuch, has a background in industrial design. His focus is on the materials and technical skill but his aim with the book is to ‘demystify the process’.  As Sarah has explained, ‘We’ve taken inspiration from Ikea furniture assembly instructions, car manuals and recipe books to create a book that is easy to follow, clear and absolutely achievable.

With this boo the pair aim to ‘surprise people, make people happy and do it well’.  We are very happy to have supported this brilliant, timely publication thats just been released.

[Information and quotes taken from https://www.frombritainwithlove.com/foam-free-floristry-the-sustainable-guide-to-floral-design/ and https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sarahdiligent/a-guide-to-sustainable-floral-mechanics]

 

 

Kensington Flowers Lock-down Delivery Service

Dear Kensington Flowers customers,

We hope that you are well and coping with these strange times. We miss the shop and hope to see you soon. Until that time, from 6th May, we are very happy to be re-starting our home deliveries. To protect our customers and everyone here in the studio, deliveries will be completely lock-down-proof and contact-free.  Juliet is working alone in the studio to begin with and will be happy to speak with you directly for any flower enquiries.

It is early summer so we expect to see peonies, delphiniums, sweet william, cornflowers and sweet peas. Summer is the best time for British flowers; we will make wonderful, seasonal bouquets to bring to our customers in Kensington, Chelsea, Notting Hill and surrounding central London postcodes.

Happy to say we have plants arriving in stock, Orchids, hydrangeas, and beautiful maidenhair ferns. If you would like any specific plants, please call Juliet to order  by Monday, for a delivery on Wednesday or Thursday the same week.

Please send us your orders for birthdays, anniversaries, surprise gifts or just to brighten up this time at home.

How to order:

To order your flowers and plants, please call Juliet on Tel 07493 707636 to pay over the phone or go to www.kensingtonflowers.co.uk to order in the usual way online.

We are limiting our delivery days to Wednesdays and Thursdays each week until further notice.  If possible, Please order by Sunday, for deliveries the following week.

The shop phone will not be monitored regularly, so for the moment,  please phone the shop mobile 07493 707636,  email or use the website enquiry form to contact us.

As our shop doors still have to remain closed in accordance with government guidelines on the Coronavirus situation, we are keeping our stock levels to a minimum.  Therefore, please do order in advance whenever possible.  Juliet may be able to arrange last minute deliveries, however it will be best to phone her directly to discuss.  We will always  do our best to help, if we are able.

We will be posting updates and some of our most beautiful lock-down bouquets on Instagram so follow us there at @kensingtonflowerslondon.

Thank you and stay safe x

Focus 19

New term starts

Summer is drawing to a close and September sees the beginning of a new school term and the first signs of Autumn looming. The delicate pastel and cool colours of summer flowers gradually being replaced by rich warm and vibrant hues.

British grown Dahlias are in abundance and a favourite choice for our customers at this time of year.  Dahlias come in a wonderful array of shapes, sizes and bold colours.

Mixed British grown dahlias

Focus 19

We are also seeing freshly cut English Garden Hydrangeas, with wonderful shades of muted colours.  We arranged a beautiful vase full for the new showroom of Samuel & Sons Trimmings at Chelsea Harbour for Focus 19.  The Interior Design event welcoming global design enthusiasts to celebrate best in design and decoration.

 

Samuel and Sons Hydrangea vase arrangement for Focus 19

Garden hydrangeas make a statement display simply arranged en masse. This image captured a lot of attention on our instagram page @kensingtonflowerslondon.  A great bonus is that hydrangeas can dry very well so can be used as a long lasting display. They look wonderful made into door wreath.

KF Studio Dried Hydrangea wreath
KF Studio hydrangea wreath

This week we were proud to work with Osborne and Little to showcase the new seasons collections for their Kings Road showroom for Focus 19.  We filled large baskets of mixed ferns to compliment the new Nina Campbell Ashdown Collection.  The ferns worked brilliantly with the Benmore Wallpaper.

Osborne and Little showroom

 

We stock a variety of fresh indoor plants at our studio and if we do not have what you are looking for, we can always try to source the plants for you.  This week we hunted down a banana plant for a customer and some trailing Hoya.

Indoor plants

British Flowers Week 2019

Our British Flowers Week Bouquet

From Monday 10 June to Sunday 16 June, independent florists and flower-growers celebrate British Flowers week. Each year, we make a special bouquet using only flowers from British Growers.

Photo of a British Flower studio choice edition bouquet peonies, cornflowers, sweet william flowers from Kensington flowers

What is British Flowers Week?

Before the 1970s, most flowers stocked by florists in the UK were home-grown on British farms. Over the next 50 years this changed dramatically so that now most of the flowers in shops and supermarkets come from large, commercial growers who sell through the Dutch flower market. As well as a huge increase in air-miles, this means that the freshness and individuality of many flowers has declined. British Flowers Week aims to reverse this trend.

By stocking British flowers wherever possible, we are part of the move towards buying from local, independent flower-growers. Currently we have home-grown lupins, cornflowers, herpiris, lavender, peonies, sweet william, grass and yarrow. For more information on events and ways to encourage British growers, see the British Flowers Week website at  https://www.britishflowersweek.com/.

Green Changes at Kensington Flowers

Wrapping and Green Compost

New environmentally friendly wrapping

We have changed our wrapping to use Eco-craft biodegradable cellulose. This wrapping is made in the UK from renewable wood chips and is fully bio-degradable and compostable. Cellulose comes from the walls of plant cells. It breaks down into carbon dioxide and water, which are then used by trees and plants to grow. The composted cellulose has been tested to ensure that it has no negative effects on subsequent plant growth. It is also vegan-friendly.

Green Waste

As well as biodegradable wrapping, this year we started to send all green waste (leaves, stalks, fallen petals, soil) to compost rather than landfill. This reduces the use of unsightly and environmentally damaging landfill and it means that unused plants and flowers go straight back into the natural ecosystem.

Heading to the compost

Summer Flowers, Succulents and Houseplants

In the Shop this Season

A bouquet with peonies and sweet peas

The summer flowers are here! This is the most glorious time of year for flowers. The season has started with peonies in coral, white and pink. We also have sweet peas, lupins, cornflowers, lavender and sunflowers. Our current favourite is the large peony, Coral Charm; starting as a tight ball, the flower opens into a huge coral peony which gradually turns bronze-pink over the next few days. We also are keen on English Hesperis – a tall frond of delicate white or purple flowers which is part of the brassica family.

We also have started to stock some intriguing succulents and some new houseplants such as the sweet and exotic-looking Chinese Money plant.

Potted succulents

Kensington Flowers at Christ Church Edible Garden

The Opening of the Charity Garden

Kensington Flowers donated flowers for the opening of the edible garden at Christ Church, Kensington. The garden opened in the evening of Thursday 23rd May.

After years of planning,  the charity Growing Space has created the garden for local schools. It aims to engage young people in growing food: to know where it comes from, to enjoy healthy eating (by tasting their own produce) and also to bring in the local community as volunteer gardeners. We were very happy to be involved in this project for a second time, after running a floral workshop for the charity in December 2017, attended by parents and teachers at St Thomas’s school.

A first look at the garden
Gardening Christ Church Edible Garden watering charity flowers florist healthy eating
A young gardener

Chelsea Flower Show 2019

Our Favourite of the Show

Peony Peonies Chelsea Flower Show Flowers New Flowers 2019 gardening floral arrangement
All that Jazz (credit: Jackson and Perkins)
One of the first (and best) summer events in London is the Chelsea Flower Show. As well as the garden competition, growers introduce completely new varieties of plants which are judged by the Flower Show judges. Our favourite from the shortlist for Plant of the Year was the new peony, All that Jazz , which has creamy-apricot petals flecked with dark red and a dark red centre. The winner was a sedum shrub, Atlantis Nonsitnal, which has yellow variegated leaves and small flowers in the summer.