British Flower Week

British Flowers Week

To celebrate British Flowers Week this week, we thought we would share a little bit about how we shop for our flowers, our favourite British Flowers and why we choose to buy British.

Why do we love British Flowers?

Nowadays there are many different ways to buy flowers as a florist. Dutch flower lorries mean you can have a mobile shop full of fresh flowers delivered to your door. There are flower farmers and now small local growers in Britain who supply freshly cut flowers from their cutting gardens, wholesalers selling on line as well as from retail units and and then there is the New Covent Garden flower market in London.

For us at Kensingtonflowers, Juliet makes the journey to New Covent Garden Flower Market each morning to stock up on fresh flowers, foliages and plants for the shop.

We usually stock the shop with a mix on British and imported flowers depending on the season.

We choose to buy British whenever possible, because the fewer air miles a flower has flown to get here means that the flowers stay fresher for longer. British flowers are generally of a higher quality and at a better price when they are in season. We also like to support local growers where we can, given that we are a small independent business ourselves, we like to shop local!

Peony 1

To celebrate we thought we would share our favourite British Flowers.

For Douglas, who is the right-hand man in the shop and responsible for our brightest bouquets, there is no better British flower than the Anemone, in particular the rich dark purple anemone.  UK grown anemones are available for a limited time but are truly special.

In the shop you will find it in Douglas’s bouquets mixed with parrot tulips, ranunculus,, rosemary and herbs.

For Juliet, who owns the shop and is the driving force behind Kensingtonflowers,  she likes to keep it simple and elegant with lily of the valley.

In the shop, when in season,  you will find these beauties in little pots of their own, or as tiny cut bunches, allowing their simplistic beauty and signature fragrance to shine.

Our limited edition, British Flower Week bouquet.

In support of British Flower Week we have created our own limited edition British Flower Week bouquet. This bouquet is filled with peonies, sweet william, scabiosa, astrantia, and myrtle. It is a celebration of all the things we love about British Flowers.

You can purchase the bouquet on our online website shop.

If you would like any more information on British Flowers Week or any of the events being held, you can visit their website here: British Flowers Week

For more information on the New Covent Garden Market, opening times and flowers, you can visit their website here: New Covent Garden Market

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day 2018

Best ideas to spoil Mum for Mother’s Day

Whilst we obviously believe that flowers are the perfect gift for every occasion, we are happy to concede that there are other ways to impress your Mum this Mother’s Day. We have put together a little list of ideas, along with our picks for the best flowers to show Mum some love.

We are also so very excited to introduce our new partnership with MyBaker. This new service will allow you to purchase a freshly baked cake along with our flowers. In addition to cakes we are offering mini cakes and macaroons in a host of delicious flavours. The perfect touch for a birthday gift or a gesture of appreciation, we will even deliver to anywhere you need in London.

So here’s our best bets to impress your Mother, Grandmother, Aunt or just someone special this Mother’s Day.

Roses & A Beautiful Cake 

Talk about matches made in heaven! What could be better than a delicious piece of cake and fresh flowers?

There are some absolutely gorgeous roses in season at the moment, from beautiful blush pinks to sunny yellows and the perfect peachy apricots. At the moment our picks are the roses from the Avalanche family, you may have heard the names Avalanche, Sweet Avalanche, Candy Avalanche, and the list goes on! These roses have a beautiful, tight bud that blooms into a gorgeous, long lasting rose.

Pair these with a Vanilla and Raspberry cake from MyBaker and you’ve got yourself a winning combination. Shop here.

A Beautiful Spring Bouquet & Breakfast in Bed

Always a winner, make sure you’ve got a pot of freshly brewed coffee and these delicious pancakes to go with it – Bill Granger’s Ricotta Pancakes with Honeycomb butter.

Spring flowers make the perfect posy for your Mum’s bedside table and are guaranteed to bring some much needed sunshine to her bedroom!

Our picks for Spring would be a bouquet of hyacinths and tulips, with some lovely freesias and foliage to go with them. A lovely, joyous thank you for someone you treasure.

We love to celebrate the seasons at Kensingtonflowers, in particular the Spring flowers bring much joy for us! Tulips are in season from now until May so make the most of their season and the beautiful colours and varieties on offer. Tulips come in three different varieties, the single, double and parrot varieties.

The tulips currently in stock at Kensingtonflowers are supplied by British grower Smith and Munson from South Lincolnshire. They have been in the business since 1949, so you can be assured you are buying good quality blooms from a British grower.

Image from Smith & Munson

A Few More Gift Ideas…

A Vase Arrangement

We have a range of beautiful arrangements that would make the perfect present. We can do arrangements with a mix of colours, like the one below with pinks, yellows and whites.

Potted Spring Bulbs

Finally for the gift that will truly bring the outside in we have some lovely potted baskets with beautiful scented jasmine, hyacinths and narcissi.

Spring planted basket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To order your bouquet for Mum this Mother’s Day view our range of bouquets and arrangements here.

If you would like something in particular please call the shop on 020 7225 3176.

September Wedding

 

 

 

 

September wedding

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.

 

Welcome to our new website

 

 

Welcome

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.