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Flowers have feelings…

the Antidote to... a room without flowers

Florist (and part-time violinist) Stuart Fenwick of Bloomon is mad about flowers and the elation he feels from working with them – he has worked with major clients including Selfridges and prestigious music festivals. He says: ‘It was the writer Iris Murdoch who said, “People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” This rings so true to  me, as a florist.’

Is it true that flowers have feelings?
A lie detector test was attached to a plant to show if there was a reaction when its leaves were destroyed and torn. Not only did the plant become stressed when said action was taken, but when the experimenter left the room and returned, the plant became stressed just from the presence in the room. Yes, I may shorten the life of a flower with cutting and arranging, but the returning blooms every year, and the personal fulfilment I get from working with these fine specimens is enough to say flowers have feelings.

Why should we have fresh flowers in the home?
They add calmness and centre to a room, as well as warmth and light to the surroundings; a fireplace can create a similar atmosphere. We should always have flowers and plants in the house – our subscription service delivers happiness every week.

Are there any health benefits to flowers?
Plants are natural air purifiers. Through photosynthesis they take in CO2 from the air. They’re also proven to reduce headaches, blood pressure, fight colds. Caring for a living thing can bring purpose and great achievement – if you look after your plants they will literally look after you.

Can flowers help us to be mindful?
Taking the time to appreciate what is around us, and although it’s a cliché, taking the time to “stop and smell the roses” can really brighten a day. I look at floristry as a therapy; whether teaching young children how to look after and get the most from flowers to working with people with Alzheimer’s, it can bring peace to the mind. I always teach there is no right or wrong way to doing this; colours and flowers are not for me to dictate. It is down to creative expression: as a musician myself, I look at floristry in the same light. Anything that is a true expression and identity of self is only ever of benefit.

Are they good for the soul?
Jus as music lifts my chest when playing the violin, flowers and nature bring that same quality. It’s a connection inside that firmly roots a person to a sense of self and individuality. We are all different, as each flower and plant is, and we need to nurture ourselves.

Stuart’s top tips for flower care:
1 Remove any foliage that will end up below the water level
2 Don’t over-fill vases – you only need enough for each flower to be submerged
3 Keep flowers out of direct sunlight
4 Change the water every two days
5 Add a drop of bleach to the water – this will kill any bacteria that is generated by the flowers
6 Always make sure vases are clean before using

Bloomon is a London-based subscription-based service, from £20.95 inc delivery (weekly, fortnightly or monthly). They buy flowers direct from the Dutch growers, which gives your flowers an extra five days’ worth of life. Their seasonal, super-fresh, stylish bouquets allow each flower to get the attention it deserves. Visit them here

 

 

 

Florist (and part-time violinist) Stuart Fenwick of Bloomon is mad about flowers and the elation he feels from working with them – he has worked with major clients including Selfridges and prestigious music festivals. He says: ‘It was the writer Iris Murdoch who said, “People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” This rings so true to  me, as a florist.’

Is it true that flowers have feelings?
A lie detector test was attached to a plant to show if there was a reaction when its leaves were destroyed and torn. Not only did the plant become stressed when said action was taken, but when the experimenter left the room and returned, the plant became stressed just from the presence in the room. Yes, I may shorten the life of a flower with cutting and arranging, but the returning blooms every year, and the personal fulfilment I get from working with these fine specimens is enough to say flowers have feelings.

Why should we have fresh flowers in the home?
They add calmness and centre to a room, as well as warmth and light to the surroundings; a fireplace can create a similar atmosphere. We should always have flowers and plants in the house – our subscription service delivers happiness every week.

Are there any health benefits to flowers?
Plants are natural air purifiers. Through photosynthesis they take in CO2 from the air. They’re also proven to reduce headaches, blood pressure, fight colds. Caring for a living thing can bring purpose and great achievement – if you look after your plants they will literally look after you.

Can flowers help us to be mindful?
Taking the time to appreciate what is around us, and although it’s a cliché, taking the time to “stop and smell the roses” can really brighten a day. I look at floristry as a therapy; whether teaching young children how to look after and get the most from flowers to working with people with Alzheimer’s, it can bring peace to the mind. I always teach there is no right or wrong way to doing this; colours and flowers are not for me to dictate. It is down to creative expression: as a musician myself, I look at floristry in the same light. Anything that is a true expression and identity of self is only ever of benefit.

Are they good for the soul?
Jus as music lifts my chest when playing the violin, flowers and nature bring that same quality. It’s a connection inside that firmly roots a person to a sense of self and individuality. We are all different, as each flower and plant is, and we need to nurture ourselves.

Stuart’s top tips for flower care:
1 Remove any foliage that will end up below the water level
2 Don’t over-fill vases – you only need enough for each flower to be submerged
3 Keep flowers out of direct sunlight
4 Change the water every two days
5 Add a drop of bleach to the water – this will kill any bacteria that is generated by the flowers
6 Always make sure vases are clean before using

Bloomon is a London-based subscription-based service, from £20.95 inc delivery (weekly, fortnightly or monthly). They buy flowers direct from the Dutch growers, which gives your flowers an extra five days’ worth of life. Their seasonal, super-fresh, stylish bouquets allow each flower to get the attention it deserves. Visit them here