My McQueens Wedding: Kim and Craig

Kim and Craig Kelly enjoyed a gorgeous wedding ceremony in the sublime sunken garden at The Grove Hotel, Hertfordshire last August. Against a romantic flower arch backdrop – created by McQueens naturally, with gorgeous summer blooms – they exchanged their vows. Afterwards, the lavish wedding reception was held in the ballroom at the Grove, and all was captured beautifully by their photographer […]

So, What Do Think About Gerbera?

Gerbera seem to have taken on the unfortunate title of the nation’s least popular flower right now, a dubious honour gladly passed on by the carnation. As the carnation enjoys something of a renaissance and a new-found popularity for its simple, kitsch charm, the gerbera sits all forlorn and unloved. There was a time in the late 1980s and […]

Let It Snowberry

Snowberry teeters around the grey area which distinguishes flowers from foliages and shrubbery. It’s a champion ingredient during late summer and autumn months and is much-loved chez McQueens. Cultivated in white and pink, its shrub-like branches are covered in clusters of berries that look like mini fruit. They are a delicious source of food for many […]

The Best Job in The World!

Team McQueens demonstrate in this short video, how lucky we are to work in the world of flowers.  The best job in the world!

John Keats’ Ode to Autumn

As florists we are defined by the seasons, and we LOVE autumn. A walk through McQueens HQ today reveals an array of gorgeous autumnal flowers  – it’s like a harvest festival at a country church hall! Looking at the fabulous array of goodies at our disposal, John Keats‘ wistful and romantic prose comes to mind. Of course, […]

The Heavenly Aroma of Chocolate Cosmos

Chocolate cosmos successfully prove the old adage that size really doesn’t matter. This flower is a colossal beast of the flower world if the reaction it gets from McQ florists is anything to go by. Yes, this small flower can even kick the mighty peony to the kerb with the loudest squeal from 9 out of 10 florists […]

The Fine Floral Art of Kelly Smith

Instagram is a playground for anyone who enjoys the creative industries and appreciates the visual arts. Flower aficionados rub shoulders with luminaries from the worlds of  fashion, fine art, and sometimes all three. That is certainly the case when admiring the remarkable work and Instagram account of Kelly Smith, the Australian based fashion and beauty illustrator. Flowers, fashion and art are beautifully combined […]

Meet The Team: Giuseppe Puddori

Continuing a tour of the world via a conversation with our international team of florists, we spoke to McQueens Flower School tutor Giuseppe Puddori and quizzed him about a life with flowers and his adventures at McQueens Flower School! Where did you get your appreciation of flowers from? I was born and grew up in the […]

Jewels of Vertu

Matthew Handley is a regular visitor to our bijou McQueens store at Claridge’s Hotel in Mayfair. A true flower aficionado, he regularly selects blooms for photo shoots for his business, Jewels of Vertu, a chic independent jewellery company based just a hop, skip and a jump away in Stratton Street. Matthew specialises in beautiful antique jewels from treasured […]

Win our Bouquet of the Month

Each month, we celebrate the best in seasonal flowers by creating a stunning bouquet using a selection of our favourite blooms and foliage available at this time of year. Autumn has arrived, and to celebrate we are introducing Octavia, a wonderful bouquet with a combination of vintage toned roses, soft peach blooms, autumnal hydrangea and seasonal foliage. Our bouquet is available to […]