This is me looking happy with my bunch of flowers 🙂
For those of you who don’t know, my first ever job was a Saturday flower assistant at a florist. I did this first, for Work Experience during year 10 which was mandatory for everyone. I chose it because I thought it would be fun and there was a florist 10 minutes away from me on the high street, so I knew I could roll out of bed in the morning.
It certainly was fun, and it opened my eyes up to the world of flowers. (which also happens to be the name of the shop: https://www.worldofflowerspinner.co.uk). Without any former training, I learnt by observing. I soon had an outlet for my creativity, picking out flowers that went well together and producing bouquets and arrangements.
It also wasn’t all that glamorous and every Saturday morning it was my responsibility to wash out the vases and replace them with the fresh delivery. I will never forget the smell of rotting flowers, and from cutting hundreds of bunches with stems of all thickness and toughness, a callous quickly formed on my finger from where the scissors rubbed on my skin. But it was all worth it, seeing the happiness of the customers and your final creations. I did it from aged 15-18, until A-Levels and boys got in the way. But I will always love flowers.
Cue my excitement when I finally visited Columbia Road Flower Market in Bethnal Green. We headed there at around 10:30am as we knew it would get really busy and it is only open one day a week on Sundays. It still was busy when we arrived so prepare for the crowds!
It took a bit of shopping around but most bunches were a cheerful £4/5. I like wild-looking flowers so I went for lilac Statice, Eucalyptus leaf, white Lisianthus and white Anemone. All for less than £20.
I highly recommend going, just get down early and the road is actually a lot shorter than I had anticipated! So bear that in mind when browsing as you don’t want to end up turning round to walk back up and fighting your way back through the crowd.
The bunches are wholesale sizes so you get more for your money than if you went into a florist or supermarket. Then you can get creative in arranging the bunch yourself!
If I lived closer I think I’d be treating myself to a bunch of flowers every Sunday! The flowers lasted well over a week and I still have some of the Statice which is still going strong a month later!