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. To order this bouquet click here.
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/.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s spring! Here at Kensington Flowers we are looking forward to the new blooms of 2019. Coming into the shop in the next few months will be the best of the English spring flowers – home-grown tulips, jewel-coloured anemones, sweet Cornish narcissus daffodils and scented hyacinths. As we re-learn to appreciate English growers (and to care for the environment by reducing air-miles), we are especially glad to showcase these flowers.
For growing plants, this is the season for the pretty primula, primrose, growing hyacinths and the various daffodils. We will have pre-planted pots and baskets in the shop and and we can plant to order with your own choices. If you already have pots or bowls which you would like us to plant, please do bring them in.
This season we also look forward to Mother’s Day on 31st March, for which flowers are always appropriate. March is also the month of Norooz, or Persian New Year, which is traditionally celebrated with hyacinths (and goldfish in bowls on the table for the true traditionalists).
Of course, we will have roses and beautiful Spring flowers but, if you would like to give your loved one something different this year we suggest the vibrant pinks and purples of anemones and orange tulips or an elegant potted Lily of the Valley. Please see the Mother’s Day section below for more details on our favourite gift ideas (including cakes by delivery!).
We can make these in the traditional Spring flowers & colours, including soft pinks, yellows and whites, with the options of adding pops of purple or blue. We particularly enjoy tulips ranging from bright pink to soft peach and white, hyacinths in pinks, blues or whites and the lovely yellows and scent of narcissi.
Instead of a single bunch, we offer flower subscriptions. We will deliver flowers to your mother, friend or relative over a period of days, weeks or months. A lovely gift that will keep on giving! We also offer gift vouchers, so that flower-lovers may come in and have the fun of choosing for themselves.
A special sweet treat to spoil someone you love. We have a range of myBaker cakes, mini cakes and macarons, delivered with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. myBaker cakes are available in a range of different sizes and flavours. Our favourites include vanilla & raspberry cake, vegan chocolate cake, honey & lavender macarons and the lemon & poppyseed mini cakes.
We have collaborated with our friends at Launceston Place to offer delivery of flowers to your table when you make a booking at the restaurant over the Mother’s Day weekend.
We are offering 10% discount on flowers & plants, and the offer will be valid for the weekend of the 30th and 31st of March. Please use discount code MDLP19 when placing your order online on our website or over the phone. Please note the offer is not valid for our flowers & cake products, flowers & gift boxes or our gift cards and vouchers.
Floral Spotlight: The Daffodil
The Daffodil (or Cennin Pedr in Welsh) is the national flower of Wales and they are out for St David’s day on 1st March. Their fresh white and yellow faces are the signature of spring and many come with a delicate scent as well as the fresh smell of the leaves and stalks. It is unsurprising that they symbolise rebirth and new beginnings. In the traditional language of flowers, daffodils are a faithful flower – they represent loyalty, friendship, chivalry and modesty.
Daffodils are easy to grow and replant inside or outside. Growing in the shop we will have the minuscule, bright yellow Tete-a-Tete, the tiny all-white Paperwhite and the taller, creamy Bridal Crown as well as bunches of cut narcissus in yellow and white.
We hope to see you soon in the shop in Victoria Grove and we wish you all the best for 2019.
A big thank you to all our customers for your support the past year. Now the Christmas festive period has passed and we’ve said farewell to 2017, its time to look ahead and be positive to the fresh New Year and look forward to what will come.
We have reopened this week after our holidays and we’ve been busy here at Kensingtonflowers. Our customers are re stocking their houses with fresh Orchid plants, spring flowers and sending many ‘thank you’ and early January birthday bouquets.
The studio has had a good spring clean, we have been clearing away the remnants of Christmas and enjoyed having a little layout change around. Douglas has been busy planting up spring bulbs of hyacinths, Hellebores, tete-a-tete and primulas whilst Juliet has enjoyed buying and stocking the shop with wonderful spring flowers. Anemones, scented narcissi, tulips, lilac to name a few. The studio is looking and smelling beautiful! Why not come and visit us?
We are making some exciting plans for 2018 and can’t wait to get started. We will keep you posted…
Wishing you a very happy, healthy, peaceful and exciting 2018 from all the team at Kensingtonflowers.
Happy New year and all good wishes for what the year ahead may bring…
The sun is shining and spring cut flowers are in abundance, beautiful scented narcissi, hyacinths, ranunculas, anemones and lilac, displaying cheerful promise for what lies ahead for 2017.
Pleased to say we have had a good start, with many bouquet London flower deliveries. Lots of people sending ‘Thank you’ flowers and many celebrating January birthdays. The favourite at the moment is our Seasonal hand tied bouquet and our planted baskets of spring bulbs. Enquiries also already being made for wedding flowers, private dinner party flowers and London Design week which is taking place in March. A good time to plan and book those special dates in the diary. Not forgetting British flower week! The week long celebration of British flowers and foliages.
The beginning of March will see a big change for The New Covent Garden Flower Market, as it moves to new premises…sad to have to say good bye to the old market – have lots of memories since my childhood, accompanying my father during school holidays and giving a helping hand, happy times! I wish everyone the best of luck with move.
Planted baskets start from £20.00 -Look lovely sitting in a kitchen window..
Bouquets can be made to any budget, recommend a starting price from £ 45.00. Not many better ways than this, to make a special gift of thanks!
Not long back to work after the summer holidays and we had our first wedding of the season – A small family service at Christchurch, Kensington then to follow a celebratory reception at the Lanesborough Hotel, Knightsbridge.
It was a fresh, all white floral theme celebrating the last days of summer with white hydrangeas, scented freesia, avalanche roses, spray roses and phlox throughout, from the church displays, the bridal flowers to the table arrangements for the wedding breakfast.
Hello and a warm welcome to the new Kensingtonflowers website!
We are so happy about the changes we’ve made and hope you enjoy browsing through our updated online shop. We now offer more choices of bouquets, arrangements and plants to choose from – you can now even order flowers for a whole year, as a very special gift to a friend or loved one. Here at the shop, we often get requests from clients who wish to send flowers on a regular basis, usually once a month, and so we thought it made sense to have this service available to order on our website…Hope you like it!
You can now order from us whilst on the move too from your mobiles, pay by paypal, have direct links to our social media pages…making it even easier to get in touch with us. All very exciting!
Calendar flowers – order flowers for a month, 3 months, 6 months or a year!
It is now just over a year since we’ve moved premises to our flower studio in Victoria Grove, and can’t believe how quickly the time has passed. I hope you feel the spirit of the shop through our new website and I’ll endeavour to keep you updated with our news and activities on this blog.
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