A Peony Moment

The season has stepped up a gear as the Chelsea Flower Show becomes a distant memory and the summer vibe continues in earnest. Newspapers trot out yet more summer predictions of ‘oh-what-a-scorcher’, ‘hotter-than-the-Sahara’ in time for the festival season. We live in hope! It’s all about the peony in flower world at the moment. They […]

Why I Chose McQueens Flower School

It is an honour and a wonderful privilege to share our passion for flowers with students around the world and to impart our considerable knowledge that has been gathered over the two decades that McQueens Flower School has been in existence.  Our vocational courses run central to the curriculum at McQueens Flower School, and many of our […]

Beautiful Butterfly Ranunculus

One of our main flower crushes at this time of year is the butterfly ranunculus. It’s the hot new variety that is turning florists’ heads, so we are delighted to share our fondness for these beauties right here on the blog. Coy and unassuming, this ephemeral beauty waits in the wings while the popular ranunculus […]

The Wonderful World of Florists

The flower industry has revolutionised over the past 25 years and working in the wonderful world of flowers has never been more appealing. McQueens was at the forefront of the revolution that helped to reshape an industry that was saddled with a fuddy-duddy reputation and mired in antiquated rules and notions of how flowers should […]

Will Williams: A Mindfulness Approach

In case you haven’t noticed, there is a quiet revolution taking place – the practice of mindfulness. People from every walk of life are increasingly looking for an alternative approach to living with the demanding stresses and strains of today’s busy lifestyle, and many are turning to mindfulness as the answer. Holistic practices such as […]

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 […]

Flowers and Home with Sarah Akwisombe

Last week, in light of our recent nomination for an Amara Blogging Award, we launched a new series on McQueens the Blog, focussing on flowers and home with some of our favourite interiors experts. Today we’re delighted to invite the award-winning London design blogger and all-around talented lady, Sarah Akwisombe to share her thoughts on the topic, […]