With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we sell far more roses than any other flower during the month of February! Here is a colourful history of the rose from the University of Illinois: They have been symbols of love, beauty, war, and politics. The rose is, according to fossil evidence, 35 million years old. In nature, the genus Rosa has some 150 species spread throughout the Northern Hemisphere, from Alaska to Mexico and including northern Africa. Garden cultivation of roses began some 5,000 years ago, probably in China. During the Roman period, roses were grown extensively in the Middle East. They were used as confetti at celebrations, for medicinal purposes, and as a source of perfume. Roman nobility established...
Spring bulbs are the perfect antidote during these short winter days to add a splash of colour and gorgeous scent to your home. We have lots to choose from in the shop including narcissus and hyacinths (pictured above).
Place your hyacinth bulbs in a cool location away from heating, ideally in bright, indirect sunlight. Exposure to heat will shorten the plant's life. Water every 2 to 3 days and do not allow the soil to dry out completely. How simple is that!
Did you know we stock Christmas decorations? We also have a great selection of gifts that would make fantastic Christmas presents. We are open 7 days a week so why not come and visit if you are in Clapham Old Town....we look forward to seeing you!
We are very happy that ranunculus are back in season! Ranunculus is a genus of about 500 species of plants in the Ranunculaceae. Members of the genus include the buttercups, spearworts and water crowfoots.
The name ranunculus is a combination of two Latin words, rana meaning frog and unculus meaning little. Legend has it, ranunculus flowers acquired this name because they grew along streams and were as plentiful as frogs in the spring.
The ranunculus flower is meant to symbolise charm and attractiveness across cultures and generations. In the Victorian language of flowers, the ranunculus flower tells the recipient your think they are charming and attractive. A perfect choice for that special someone!