Dyed Flowers: What Are Your Thoughts?

Are dyed flowers an exuberant and kitsch enhancement, or a hideous and abhorrent crime? Here at McQueens: the Blog, no flowery question is out of bounds so don’t shriek at the messenger. OK, so our official line has been unequivocal and this comes right from the top. Dye and flowers should never come into contact with each other, under any […]

McQueens on the Cover of Florist Business Magazine

McQueens founder and MD Kally Ellis was delighted and honoured to be interviewed for the inaugural edition of Florist Business magazine, and it was a thrill to create a design for the cover.  For more about this creative collaboration, see our recent interview with Lisa Wilkinson, the name behind the magazine, where we talk more about this exciting […]

School Report: McQueens and Pearsons Collaborate Down Under

We’d like to share a throw-back moment to a very exciting opportunity for McQueens Flower School – our recent trip to Australia to collaborate with Pearsons School of Floristry. McQueens stalwarts Emily Mathison and Duncan McCabe valiantly stepped up to the mark when a five-day teaching assignment in Australia was first suggested. It’s a tough job […]

Dahlia: A September Favourite

Bold and imposing, the striking dahlia will never make it as a wallflower. They are in your face and right up in your grill, and that’s why we love them! Dahlia is a delectable delight of later summer/autumn and we adore them here at McQueens. They are one of the least cultivated flowers which also […]

5 Late Summer Bouquets to Brighten up the Shorter Days

Dreading the shorter days? We’ve rounded up five late summer bouquets to brighten up the evenings as the season gradually fades to Autumn. From our best-selling McQueens ‘Indian Summer’ bouquet, reflecting the balmy warmth of a late summer’s day, to a classic autumnal and more temperate combinations combining summer’s finest blooms with some of the new […]

Spotlight: Textile Designer, Tori Murphy

It goes without saying that here at McQueens we adore all things hand-made and inspired by nature, and textile designer, Tori Murphy’s, latest collection is no exception. Celebrating five years of British textile design and manufacturing, Tori’s latest collection, Seedling and Bloom takes inspiration from motherhood, an achievement that the designer describes as, ‘her greatest […]

A Warm and Wonderful Welcome to September

A very warm welcome to September, a fine flowery month in the wonderful world of flora. The cyclical merry go round of fine fabulous flowers turns once more, and whilst we still rejoice in our summer favourites – from candy coloured clouds of hydrangea to the most resplendent and towering delphinium –  we’re all looking […]

Florist Business Magazine

McQueens founder and MD Kally Ellis was delighted and honoured to be interviewed for the inaugural edition of Florist Business magazine, and it was a thrill to create a design for the cover. We spoke to Lisa Wilkinson, the name behind the magazine to find out more about this brand new title, aimed squarely at […]

5 Show-Stopping McQueens Weddings

We’ve had the pleasure of creating gorgeous flowers for some truly spectacular ceremonies over the years, and today we’re sharing five show-stopping McQueens weddings to inspire and delight anyone preparing for their upcoming nuptials. We adore creating florals for all events but naturally, weddings are always extra exciting, with each couple bringing something new to […]

Flowers for the Home

Flowers and the home have been confirmed bedfellows throughout history and the process of decorating the home with flora has been depicted in art down the ages. Interior design can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians who dressed mud huts with simple furniture, murals and painted vases so we imagine they will surely have […]