Our Easter weekends may look a little different this year; we may not be able to be with family, but we can still have flowers, so I thought I’d do a round of a range of different companies who will send your loved ones flowers this year in your absence.
I’ve either bought or been sent flowers from all these florists so these are personal recommendations.
I Think You’re Magic
I heard about I Think You’re Magic via the joys of Instagram because they are doing a very lovely thing: London based florists Rachael Barker & Hannah Bishop have joined forces to create bespoke £30 and £40 bunches of Spring flowers available for doorstep delivery across the capital. £10 from each order will be donated to charities helping the most vulnerable people in society. The duo will also be donating flowers to local care homes to ensure everyone gets their share of the love: last week they raised over £700 for the various charities they are supporting. They will be delivering their bunches in London this Thursday and Friday. Find out more here.
I ordered and paid for the pretty spring bunch above, which was bursting with sweet peas, Bridal Crown Narcissi, anemones, tulips and ranunculus.
Bloom & Wild
I send a lot of Bloom & Wild flowers, as they are particularly convenient if sending to someone who is not going to be there in person to receive them.
Clearly this is not a consideration at the current moment. But, regardless, it’s a very easy way and safe way to send flowers, as they can just be popped through the letterbox with no contact. For Mother’s Day my sister and I sent our mother a three month Bloom & Wild subscription so that she would get a bunch once a month to make up for her not getting her usual massive bunch of Columbia Road’s finest in person.
Bloom & Wild are also donating 15% of profits to the National Emergencies Trust every time someone buys the weekly Florist’s Pick letterbox arrangement.
I also like them because we’ve all been burnt by Interflora – picking what looks likes a delightful bouquet from the central website only to have something quite, quite different appear at the other end, because of skill or flower availability issues. Bloom & Wild flowers are all packed at one place, so what you see on their website IS what you get.
I have a £10 discount referral link so all new users get £10 off their first order with no minimum spend – orders start from £24 so it’s a great deal.
I’ve often sent Petalon flowers to friends in London – I love that they are so focussed on sustainability: by offering a choice of just two bouquets each week they buy exactly what they need, minimising waste, and London deliveries are by bike – hence the name.
Their last delivery before Easter weekend is Thursday 9th April, so you can still order flowers to arrive in time for Easter weekend. You can check their delivery area for bicycle flower delivery in London here. If you don’t see your delivery address then it is too far for them to pedal to but you can send a bunch by post instead to the rest of Mainland UK. (There’s also a 10% discount on their site if you sign up to their newsletter.)
(The bouquets pictured are the original size. The large size is twice as big.)
Long-term LLG readers will recognise the name Tregothnan: I first visited Britain’s most famous tea plantation back in spring of 2012.
We were lucky enough to be given a private tour, and I’ve never forgotten the beauty of the gardens. But Tregothnan isn’t just known for its tea, they also sell beautiful English flowers, which are are available by mail order here.
They are committed to supplying only beautiful English flowers, either grown at Tregothnan or sourced from British growers and tenants, always keeping their tenets of sustainability, minimal flower miles and seasonality. They are also now offering free delivery on everything.
As a flower alternative you can also buy tea bushes from Tregothnan to try to grow your own tea at home: Tea is made from the dried, processed leaves and buds of the Camellia Sinensis bush and you can buy the same plants used to grow tea in Cornwall.