0On the Roof with Q…a secret rooftop restaurant in the heart of London

Q-on-the-roof-selfridges-August-2014_5 Here in the UK, the weather’s been so lovely and warm recently, with above average temperatures for this time of year. If you’re in London over the next few weeks and would like to make the most of the sunshine, I highly recommend visiting On the Roof with Q, an alfresco restaurant which serves late breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Located on the roof of Selfridges in Oxford Street, it really is a little oasis of calm in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of city life. And florist McQueens has styled the venue beautifully with lush herbaceous borders and dense foliage… Q-on-the-roof-selfridges-August-2014_1 Q-on-the-roof-selfridges-August-2014_4 Q-on-the-roof-selfridges-August-2014_2 Q-on-the-roof-selfridges-August-2014_8 Q-on-the-roof-selfridges-August-2014_9 If you’d like to visit the restaurant, it’s very easy to find as there’s a special express lift in the Fragrance Hall on the ground floor of Selfridges. For more information, simply visit the On the Roof with Q website. But be quick, as the restaurant closes on October 11th…! (Images : Duncan McCabe / McQueens)

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1Book Review of Sarah Raven’s Cutting Garden Journal


Today, I’m thrilled to feature Sarah Raven’s new book called Sarah Raven’s Cutting Garden Journal. I recently received a review copy and have really enjoyed reading it. Month by month, Sarah shares which plants you should be growing, how you should be caring for them and how you should be using them in your cut flower displays.

There’s also advice on how to plan a cutting garden, fact sheets on individual flowers and foliage, flower arranging projects, how to take cuttings, plus lots more. Here are a few of the beautiful arrangements featured in the book…






Also included each month are 2-4 journal pages where you can write notes, plus three bespoke planting plans for a large cutting garden, a smaller cutting patch and within a mixed border. Sarah really has covered all the bases to make it easy and straightforward for you to be able to grow an abundance of blooms. And the book is the perfect gift (or Christmas present!) for someone who loves growing and harvesting their own cut flowers to arrange in their home. It’s available now from all good book shops and online.

Don’t forget to visit the newly revamped Sarah Raven website, where you can buy seeds, plants and floristry kit. And if you’d like to follow Sarah on social media, you can find her on Facebook and Twitter.

(Images : Pia Tryde/Frances Lincoln)

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0Flowerona Links: With floral head wreaths, windmills & a flower coat…


Thank you so much everyone for all your lovely comments about my video yesterday (and for ‘liking’ it)! I really appreciate it. Now on to one of your favourite blog posts of the week…Flowerona Links.




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A totally captivating video featuring an interview with floral designer Jérémy Martin at McQueens, beautifully shot by Duncan McCabe. Watch as Jérémy creates an incredible Flower Coat…

Les Ephemeres – The Flower Coat. from Duncan McCabe on Vimeo.

So, that’s my round-up of floral inspiration for this week, which I hope you’ve enjoyed. Wishing you a lovely Sunday!

(Images: 1. BRRCH, 2. Style Me Pretty/Jemma Keech)

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0Flowerona Reflects…featuring my holiday, Laura Fantacci of WIT, J Crew & New Covent Garden Flower Market

Where has the time gone? I can’t quite believe that it’s over a month ago that I published my first video on YouTube! Thank you so much for all your lovely comments and encouragement.

Today, I’m featuring my second video and it’s just over three minutes long. You may remember that I used to have a blog post series called Flowerona Reflects? Well, I thought I’d reinstate it, but this time in a video format. I hope you enjoy watching the video…and of course, I’d love to hear your comments and feedback!

Don’t forget, if you’re receiving this blog post via email and would like to view the video, you’ll need to go to www.flowerona.com. Hope you have a lovely Saturday and see you tomorrow for Flowerona Links!

P.S. It would be wonderful if you’d like to subscribe to my YouTube channel. Simply click here.

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0Flowerona Tips: Tweeting on behalf of a company? Here’s how to personalise it…


Behind every Twitter account, there’s a real person, just like you and me! And this Flowerona Tips blog post was prompted by a conversation I had with a company earlier in the week. Three people were responsible for their Twitter account. As personal service and building relationships with their clients was very important to them, I recommended that they let their followers know who was actually behind the account by adding the names of each person to the Twitter Bio.

In Settings/Profile/Bio, simply enter the names of who’s tweeting on behalf of your company, by including the text ‘Tweets by…’  The Garden Museum above is a great example. They’ve included the Twitter usernames of the people behind the account. But you could also use your first name or initials. And you could even put the your initials at the end of each tweet.

Whether it’s just one person or several people looking after a Twitter account, why not personalise it and make it more human by adding people’s names…

(Image : Twitter/The Garden Museum)

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