Yesterday afternoon, after the school run, I decided to visit my local florist, Urban Flower Company. In part due to the need for beautiful blooms to cheer up a fickle day of rain but mainly to show support to a fellow creative who suffered a recent setback.
This setback was thousands of pounds of damage caused when a police car careered off the road during a chase and went through the shop front. You can read more about it in this Evening Standard article. Luckily, no one was seriously injured.
Now boarded up in the front, the business has continued to trade via a side entrance at the rear of the shop. I believe the local community have rallied with support.
I have often admired the flowers stocked in this store alongside the talented creativity on display. The owner is 27 year old Matthew Richardson, who in a previous interview for Ham and High newspaper was quoted as saying he wants to be the face of flowers like Jamie Oliver is to food. He is definitely on that path as his store is popular with numerous celebrity clients and wedding bookings.
I went into the store with a simple glass bottle (picture at the very top) and within 2 minutes, Matthew had created the beautiful spring display for me in varying tones of blues – so perfect.
I also loved the Peonies and bought the pink one above, beautiful on its own in a simple glass vase.
I will definitely be making more regular visits in the future and hopefully be able to show you what new creations Matthew comes up with.
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend. x