Top 3: Flower shops
I’ve always suspected that – apart from the crack of dawn market starts – being a florist must be a pretty delightful job. The women behind our top three flower shops have confirmed my hunch; it’s evident in the joy they exude as they work and in the thought that goes into every single one of their beautiful creations.
It’s this obvious love for their jobs that makes each of our picks so, ahem, blooming lovely. Our top three have it all: vintage glamour, meadow sweetness and luscious greenery.
Swallows and Damsons
Unfurling in the heart of the Antiques Quarter, this "little flower shop" is big on old world charm. With her fine art background, Anna Potter creates swooningly romantic arrangements; enchanting combinations of shape and colour, soft shades and dramatic accents. Behind the door on Abbeydale Road feels like a secret workshop – elegant stems pose amongst the wood, terracotta, glass jars and inspiring aromas. Magical.
326 Abbeydale Rd S7 1FN
0114 255 1944
swallowsanddamsons.com / @swallowsanddamsons
Of the Wild
With its sweet blue frontage and sunny interior, Of the Wild sits like one of its own exquisite buttonholes in its Broomhill-shaped suit. Field-fresh bespoke creations are made up of the natural, wild, seasonal and unusual, all wrapped up in music paper. Wild thing Kath Eastwood started with a pop-up in the Winter Garden, opening her own shop just over two years ago. She loves seeing the faces of brides when she delivers their bouquets and even did her own wedding flowers earlier this year. If shops could be hugged, I would give this one a squeeze.
10 Crookes Road, S10 5BB
ofthewild.co.uk / @ofthe_wild
Moss and Clover
Blossoming on the site of the old Old Sweet Shop in Nether Edge, Moss and Clover is a place where the indoors and outdoors entwine, heralded by the living ampersand on its sign. Earthy and vibrant, it’s for those of us who love to bring the outside in. Terrarium specialist Emma Venn can supply you with your own little world, and she also offers babysitting services for plants (naturally) and occasional classes in her Flower School.
12 Sheldon Road, S7 1GW
0114 2558 858
mossandclover.co.uk / @moss_and_clover
A haven of green in the city centre.
70 Division Street, S1 4GF
A friendly and creative florist in Crookes.
223 Crookes, S10 1TE
Photo courtesy of Swallows and Damsons.