Bloomon Flower Delivery

It is no secret that my favourite weekend activity is visiting London’s most popular flower market on Columbia Road. I often dream of being a florist, surrounded by colourful plants and glorious scents. When Bloomon contacted me about a new flower delivery service I was instantly intrigued.

Bloomon Flowers

The company was started in Holland by three friends with a passion to deliver the freshest flowers from grower to the customer’s door. The Bloomon team pull together imaginative flower combinations to make unexpectedly beautiful bouquets. The concept was conceived in Amsterdam but has since spread to Berlin and London, supplying more and more of Europe with thoughtful floral arrangements.

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The process is simple:

  1. Choose your size of bouquet, from small, medium and large.
  2. Choose how often… as a one off or every week.
  3. Organise delivery. Bloomon conveniently deliver day and night.

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My elaborate bunch of flowers were delivered with a large glass vase and a sachet of plant food, and nicely trimmed and cleaned. They were quick and easy to arrange and thanks to the size (I received the large size) added life and colour to my sitting room instantly. Inspired by liquorice allsorts the arrangement had an inventive mix of flower varieties from soft-cupped coral peonies to unusual Celosia Argentea ‘Act Vida’ and Solidago. The rainbow of colours mimicked the retro sweet colour combinations.

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The flowers lasted nearly three weeks, and when a couple of stems began to wilt I put the remaining flowers into a smaller vase. With such quirky bunches, Bloomon do all the thinking for you, so you just have to press send each week and your home will feel like summer even if the weather outside doesn’t agree!

Order your bunch of Bloomon flowers here.

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Harriet Hastings co-founded Biscuiteers with her husband, Stevie Congdon. They are also co-directors of leading London catering company Lettice and parents to four young Biscuiteers.

“We came up with the idea for Biscuiteers on a weekend in New York. We were sure that there were lots of people who are as passionate about biscuits as we are and that there was a real opportunity to set up a biscuits gift business online that was completely different from anything else in the market – biscuits that would look as beautiful as they tasted. In fact, biscuits that people would want to talk about.

We started planning Biscuiteers properly in the spring of 2007, testing our biscuit recipes in Stevie’s catering kitchens. From the start we were committed to using the very best natural ingredients to get the flavour we wanted. We then started planning our launch collections, working on our designs and deciding on the big occasions. We wanted the biscuits to be beautiful and witty. We called them ‘collections’ because we knew we wanted to launch them seasonally like fashion collections and to keep refreshing and developing the range.  It was important that we found our own style- distinctive designs that would make our biscuits instantly recognisable.”

Biscuiteers launched online in September 2007 with the mission statement ‘why send flowers when you can send biscuits instead?’ The business has grown enormously but the biscuits and still made and iced in exactly the same way. They are all handmade using old fashioned non-industrialised techniques. Many of the icers are artists and enjoy creating new designs and perfecting existing ones regularly. Every single biscuit is lovingly made from the start to finish and each one is therefore totally individual.

One of the real joys of iced biscuits is their incredible flexibility. The experienced icers at Biscuiteers do some wonderful work copying logos, fashion designs and all sorts of products. They often work on exciting commissions, including a collaboration with Anya Hindmarch to create a tin of her handbags and a circus tin exclusively for the Conran Shop. They  have created bespoke designs for outstanding brands such as Mulberry, Boden, Swatch, and Burberry among many others. The imaginative biscuits are also used for press launches, as iced place names and biscuit card invitations or party bags.

In 2010 they published their first book ‘The Biscuiteers Book of Iced Biscuits‘ to much acclaim. It has since been translated into a number of languages and introduced the brand to a worldwide audience.

You will also find Biscuiteers in Selfridges, Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, The Conran Shop, as well as Colette and le Grand Epicerie in Paris.

In October 2012 the doors opened to the very first Biscuit Boutique & Icing Cafe in Notting Hill.  Showcasing the much-loved Biscuiteers biscuit, chocolate and cake collections, the Boutique also has a drop-in icing cafe where they host themed icing lessons, children’s icing parties and is the home of the Biscuiteers School of Icing where you can be taught by expert icers to ice like a Biscuiteer.

More information and order a box of beautiful biscuits here:

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I always want to send flowers without the hassle of worrying if the recipient is at home to receive them. So I instantly loved the concept of Bloom and Wild, which cleverly packages up flowers so they can fit safely through the letterbox.

This young company have made the order process very easy, it takes a few minutes to order online. There is always the choice of three bouquets which cost between £20-24, including delivery.

I was the happy receiver of a bunch of Rosalind roses, and have also sent a bunch of roses to family and have found the service is efficient and reliable. Each bud was individually wrapped to ensure freshness and condition, and the bouquet lasted well over two weeks, brightening up my bedroom.

The website will allow you to either send a one-off bouquet or choose a monthly gift subscription, when a different seasonal bunch will be sent each month.

Make sure you order your bouquets two days in advance to ensure the bunch of bright buds arrive in time. The nicest surprise you could ever wish to receive through the letterbox…

Order a bunch of Bloom and Wild here: