Spotlight: Photographer, Liam Duke

We’ve been a fan of photographer Liam Duke’s work for quite some time. His impressive portfolio of portraits include high-end fashion shoots and A-List names. However, it’s his recent project we’ve been especially captivated by, in particular, Dead Beautiful. The imagery depicts flowers taking on a different kind of beauty in their decaying and dried […]

What’s in Season – Autumn

With the autumn equinox taking place at the weekend (23 September), we’re fully embracing the joys of a new season. The fruits of harvest are rolling, and flora and fauna take on mind-boggling colours –  russet, ochre and crimson – and we welcome the return of gorgeous varieties. Whether you’re planning a spectacular fall-inspired wedding […]

Our Top 5 Renaissance Flowers

Like fashion, flowers continually evolve with styles coming in and going out of favour as they align with trends in art, design and interiors.  OK, the swings might not be quite as swift as the changes in fashion where it often seems like this season’s must-have are next season’s bargain bin, still there are marked […]

Spectacular Scented Stock

Our fleur du jour is glorious delightful stock or Matthiola incana to give it its Latin name. We adore this inconspicuous scruffy garden-like specimen so it’s a pleasure to take a moment to ponder on its beauty. Most people instinctively raise a flower to their nose to sample its natural scent. This can sometimes be […]

The Language of Flowers: How to Order Your Perfect Bouquet

If you’ve ever found yourself on the phone to your florist, struggling for the right words to describe what you want, read on. With the help of our resident expert, Freddie Wahid-Staw, we’re going to explore the language of flowers and what terms you can use to order your perfect bouquet. “I think all florists […]

Three Festive Bouquets to Welcome the Christmas Season in Style

Much to the delight (and despair) of many, Christmas has officially landed in London. Yes, as light switching-on ceremonies sweep the capital and festive decor pops up with abandon, We’re proud to reveal our own handiwork at that iconic, Mayfair five-star hotel, Claridge’s. As florists, our relationship with Christmas can be something of a love-hate affair. After […]

Monday: A Florists Weekly Wake Up

It is well known in flowery circles that, just like Dr Who, florists operate outside of the usual space-time continuum. Our days appear two and a half hours shorter than everyone else’s and we spend the majority of our time running around trying to squish everything we need to do with superhuman urgency. It is […]

The Power of Red Flowers. Our Top Favourite Varieties

Red is the ubiquitous Christmas colour, a favourite that will be the predominant colour of the festive season for all eternity. And what’s not to love? It’s a luxurious powerful colour and one that has a huge significance above and beyond Christmas. Red is the colour of power, passion, strength,  danger and is the ultimate […]

The Foliages, Berries and Fruits of Autumn

Autumn has officially arrived and is making itself known with the odd chilly moment. Scarves and jumpers are de rigueur here at McQueens right now and whilst we are not quite sporting the apple cheeks and woolly hats just yet, our Daisy Dukes and skimpy tops are being packed away for the season. Florist’s shops are […]

4 Autumnal Bouquets to Celebrate the Upcoming Season in Style

As we bid ‘au revoir’ to summer and say ‘hello’ to autumn, we’ve rounded up four gorgeous autumnal bouquets to celebrate everything we love about the season and the bountiful, beautiful blooms that come with it. Naturally, we’ll be sad to say goodbye to the warmer months and the most flower-filled season of them all, but […]