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(A corner of my office, using a cut glass bitters bottle, an old decanter & a vase to hold peonies, sweet peas & roses.)

I always do the flowers for events that I host. Whether it’s a simple posy on the dining table, or an array of vessels throughout the apartment, I thoroughly enjoy the whole process. For work events, that process always starts at London’s commercial flower market at Nine Elms, the home of New Covent Garden Market.

I’ve been going there for years with my mother, who has immaculate taste and who taught me all about flowers. She has done numerous gorgeous weddings and parties, and we like the same things. Fortunately I have a car, so I can zoom from Camden down to Battersea/Vauxhall in about twenty minutes at 5am. (The market stays open later, but  when I’ve rocked up around 630 I’ve found that the lovely things I want to buy are long snaffled up by early birds.)

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For the Boden VIP trunk show I hosted here the other week, we decided on an English country theme, using blowsy peonies, sweet peas, scented stocks, snapdragons, hydrangeas, roses, cow parsley, mint and rosemary, in shades of white, blush, cream, and pink.

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I think in the end my sister and I did twenty-three arrangements & posies the day before the party, using everything from jam jars to inherited cut glass decanters.

In the kitchen (above) I simply used white hydrangeas in a large pickle jar.

There were lots of tiny posies in jam jars tucked away on shelves, using sprigs of rosemary, snapdragons, sweet peas and stocks.

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I borrowed every glass container my sister could rustle up. This is her pretty traditional wired rose bowl, stuffed with peonies and roses on my bath rack.

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This is my hall table, with the biggest arrangement, done by my sister, and placed in the Jasper Conran vase she gave me for my birthday.

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We filled my office shelves with jugs of flowers. And the hind part of my Dachshund doorstop too!

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This was the entrance to Nine Elms at 530am. You have to pay a fiver at the barrier to get in. Unbelievably blue summer sky in the first week of June.

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Nine Elms New Covent Garden Flower market

One of the push doors into the market. I love them, because they give absolutely no idea of the echoing cavernous, flower-filled place inside.

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A huge wrap of scented stocks. The smell was divine.

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Buckets and buckets of peonies.

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My eventual haul, waiting to be stripped and dunked.

Nine Elms New Covent Garden Flower market

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8 comments

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These are heavenly, just heavenly. Palest pink, almost white flowers are divine. I love that you filled your house up. Doesn’t it make you happy? Love, MissW

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English people are unbeatable when it comes to flowers and gardens. I enjoyed looking at the lovely flower arrangements that you and your sister prepared and I especially liked the range from small posies to larger bunches of flowers in the colour scheme you chose…

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I really must go. I keep meaning to head down there. Are prices set or do you haggle? Flowers are beautiful – you can’t beat stocks and peonies.

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You are extremely talented at this Sasha. I love them all, very shabby chic. I can’t get enough of roses and hydrangea x

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I’m a huge fan of New Covent Garden Flower market too. Always such a memorable experience despite the painful rolling out of bed early. Your flower choices and creations look divine – all so pretty and no doubt filled your flat with sweet scents. Glad the event was a success.

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I live very close to Columbia Road and often find that the flowers are actually getting more and more expensive (more tourists etc..) is Nine Elms better priced? I may haul myself out of bed at an ungodly hour if so. x

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Looks beautiful! I love the picture with the flowers and rosemary sprigs in the jam jar on the shoe shelf, such a lovely touch :). Good job xo

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All of these flowers are so beautiful, would love to go to a proper flower market one day x

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