Christmas markets, the bright lights of the department stores and windy walks in London’s great green spaces – there’s plenty here to get you feeling festive. We teamed up with London-based florist Rowan Blossom to celebrate one of our famous wintertime traditions – Christmas wreaths. Here she talks to us about each of the wreaths she created, and the inspiration behind them.
Ingredients: olive , Eucalyptus Cinerea , salal, rosemary, dried red hydrangea, dried blue hydrangea, orange rosehip, dried orange strawflower, dried yellow strawflower, fresh allium flower, dried lavender, berries, thistle
One of London’s highlights (literally), Primrose Hill is an exuberant part of north London, with plenty of cosy pubs and restaurants and a splendid view over the city. It’s well-placed too – London Zoo and Regent’s Park are right on your doorstep.
“The cobalt blue door served as the perfect playground for colour so I fully embracing sunny reds and oranges, yolky yellow and spikes of electric blue from the thistles.”
Ingredients: Eucalyptus Polyanthemos, dried dark purple Hydrangea, dried white Hydrangea, dried Honesty, dried white Strawflower, dried Heather, dried Amaranthus Allium flower, dried corn and wheat, dried white Peppercorns
Perhaps London’s smartest neighbourhood, it’s no surprise South Kensington does the festive season in style – there’s everything from Christmas concerts at the Royal Albert Hall to ice skating at the Natural History Museum.
“I wanted the wreath to gleam on the glossy black front door, so I used dried Honesty and dried white Strawflowers. To contrast this and bring in a richness I included dark berry tones with Amaranthus, Allium Flower and dried British Hydrangea.”
Ingredients: Holly, Ivy, Cotoneaster, red rosehip, crabapples
There’s plenty going on in this corner of south-east London. The famous Greenwich Market has a festive makeover, and there are few sights in London more spectacular than the view from Greenwich Park on a winter’s evening.
“Even though Greenwich is in London it has so many amazing open spaces you kind of feel like you’re in the countryside, so I wanted to keep this really natural and very traditional, a proper ‘Holly and Ivy’ creation!”
If you’re on the hunt for some unique presents, you should make Portobello Antiques Market your first port-of-call. Rows of picture-perfect houses and upscale boutiques. What’s not to love?
“I loved the sage green colour of the door and almost wanted the wreath to look as though it were growing out of the door, so took this as a starting point for the overall aesthetic and kept the palette really soft and neutral.”
Ingredients: Eucalyptus Nicholii, Eucalyptus seed heads, Mimosa, Old Man’s Beard, Magnolia branches, dried grasses, dried poppy seed heads, birch twigs