Our favourite time of year. The shop is bursting with spruces, pine, berries and the best of the winter flowers. Tall stems of amaryllis, pots of hellebores, table centres, door wreaths, vintage bowls filled with bulbs, large branches, candles and boughs of mistletoe.
Our legendary door wreaths are available from Wednesday 28th November and we welcome orders for those wishing to collect later in the month. Likewise the table centres, whether your table seats 20 or 2.
`We offer a full home decorating service, from supplying and dressing the tree, to opulent mantlepiece arrangements, staircase garlands and table flowers. Vases and candelabras are available to hire over the Christmas period.
Many of our customers bring in their own vases and bowls to be filled with flowers or planted up with orchids and hyacinths. Simply leave your vase with a date you wish to collect.
Built in 1463 the shop has a certain character that sits well with our gardeny style of floristry and the eccentricites that come from being in a small town in middle England There is a sleeping whippet in the window, a stuffed heron on the sideboard and a collection of china dogs to keep you on your toes.
The shop changes with seasons, pails of tulips and hellebores in the Spring, give way to tall stems of foxgloves and blousy peonies. As the leaves turn, our bouquets are filled with dahlias, seedheads and dusky hydrangeas and grey squash. With the first frosts come the amaryllis and evergreen foliages, garlands and wreaths.
Alongside the flowers we sell vases, new and vintage, plant pots, candles, ribbons and the odd piece of furniture.
We deliver flowers throughout Stamford and Rutland. Please telephone us to order.
Our flowers are wild, romantic, seasonal and scented. We buy daily from the very best suppliers, both local and imported. Last year we started growing our own on a larger scale, providing the shop with scented herbs, dahlias and sweetpeas.
No two bouquets will ever be the same (i can try if are you really into that sort of thing) as we use what is best on the day, sometimes that is stems of tumbling clematis and other times it is a structured amaryllis.
It is summer so the bouquets are dense with peonies, foxgloves, roses, lilac, and scented herbs.
Our dinner party posies start at £10 and gift bouquets at £35.00
All wrapped in our signature grey tissue and French ribbon, or if you prefer we can make an arrangement in a vase, new or vintage. Prices for these start at £50.00
We create flowers for weddings using our signature wild and romantic style. Each wedding we undertake is as individual as the people marrying, whether that is in a castle, the village church or an outdoor ceremony.
We start with a private consultation, allowing us to understand the vision you have for your day, and offering suggestions on flower choices and styles of arrangements.
Along with the flowers, we also provide a prop hire service.
Valentine is a Whippet/ Bedlington terrier cross. 7/8 Whippet 1/8 Bedlington terrier to be precise. He resides in the window, watching the world go by and being adored by all of Stamford. He has become quite the celebrity recently featuring in Town and Country magazine. You can see more of his antics on his own Instagram account @valentinewhippet
If you are coming from quite the distance to the shop purely for the purpose of seeing Valentine (you would be amazed at how many do...) please telephone first to ensure he hasn't gone out for the day.
Throughout the year we host a number of full day flower schools. Most of these are held in our Medieaval shop in the beautiful town of Stamford, England.
You can find details of our latest courses here
Each group is kept small no more than 6 attendees, and the aim is to teach you the mechanics and provide beautiful flowers for you to make whatever your heart desires. With free reign of all of the flowers in the shop, each attendee makes something entirely different and personal.
Everything you need is provided, from the tools to the flowers to lunch and a whippet.
We also run some more specialised courses on location. How to decorate a marquee, church, home.
A limited number of 1 to 1 courses are also available, tailored to your specific needs or interests.
This year saw the start of us growing our own flowers on a larger scale. Seeds were sown, tubers planted, and by late summer we had bucketfuls of flowers and herbs to bring to the shop. In amongst the flowers we planted vegetables and fruits to add to arrangments. Alpine strawberries, raspberries, artichokes and even chard have featured in our arrangements.
It hasn't all been idyllic, slugs put paid to seedlings, over enthusiastic hoeing to others, and Valentine wasn't as helpful as first hoped, but we have doubled the growing space for next year, and the tulip bulbs are in. You can see more of our growing on instagram.