Spring Forward

April is such a glorious month; I just want to press the pause button as it all goes by so fast. With the recent warm weather we have enjoyed the most amazing blossom, and just this last week we have seen the very first peonies arrive from France.

As spring moves forward to early summer the array of flowers increases and the colours soften to beautiful pastel shades. I love the palette of soft apricots and lilacs, which we have reflected in our ‘Hertford’ bouquet from the Mayfair collection. We have put together muted mauve clematis with lilac, apricot stocks and peach roses; it truly is the most beautiful combination.
April has also seen the big move from the old flower market to its new premises. The new market is within walking distance from our studio, so we feel very lucky indeed. The transition from old to new has felt seamless, though clearly a huge amount of work and time has been spent by the wholesalers to make it happen. The new market is a wonderful space; so clean and bright and without the large, depressing empty spaces you found in the old market. I felt quite dazzled and somewhat bewildered when I first visited as it takes a while to work out where the wholesalers stands are, but now I absolutely love its vibrancy and take such joy in visiting every morning. I wish every wholesaler there every success as they settle into their new home.

From new beginnings at the flower market to new beginnings within our team! This month we welcome Ahmed Hatam-Salman to the Paul Thomas family, to head up our exciting and thriving Contracts business. Ahmed has been wanting to work with us for over five years and we are delighted to now have the opportunity to take him on. We are so pleased to have him with us and wish him many happy years at Paul Thomas Flowers.
Our Contracts department organises and installs weekly flowers for hotels, offices, restaurants, galleries and private homes across the whole of central London. We have a wealth of experience with an expert knowledge of what flowers will last, as well as ensuring that displays are seasonal and are tailored to each individual location. We also provide a midweek maintenance visit and an introductory free week’s trial. Ahmed would be thrilled to discuss floral requirements with potential new clients, and can be contacted at ahmed@paulthomasflowers.co.uk or on 020 7355 1876.
On the subject of Contracts, one of our longest standing relationships is of course with the Ritz. We are greatly looking forward to installing our Easter display at the hotel this week, which we hope will bring cheer to all who walk past it.  We recently collaborated with the Ritz, Suzanne Neville, Ritz Fine Jewellery and other wedding suppliers to create the perfect venue for a wedding. We focused on using blossom, creating stunning blossom trees to dine under and towering white vases of white blossom to create a dramatic aisle. With wedding season fast approaching, we very much look forward to working on the real thing!

Wishing you and your loved ones a very happy Easter. Paul