With such a cool collaboration happening here at the café in time for Mother’s Day we thought we’d get to know Annie from Honeybunch London a bit better. Have a read how she came to fall in love with flowers… and find out why you absolutely must come in and paint a little something for mum, nana or auntie and then book yourself onto this colourful flower arranging workshop on 26th March 10-11.30.
Tell us about how Honeybunch began?
After deciding to go freelance from Scarlet & Violet (in West London) I thought, why not open a little Saturday flower stall at Broadway Market for Christmas time, sell some wreaths… so I began on fireworks day, November 5th 2016, and everything has snow balled from there!
What’s your earliest memory of flowers?
I grew up abroad (born in Hong Kong and went to primary school in New Zealand and Sweden) and my mum used to take us picking flowers and we would press them in books. I loved it. I also was constantly trying to make perfume out of garden roses / lavender which entailed the harvesting of our / the neighbours gardens in my pursuit for perfume perfection. I got in trouble for this on more than one occasion!!
Best thing about your flowers?
They are slightly wild looking, mixed colours, shapes, textures and fresh as can be. Going to New Covent Garden in the morning and picking them is a really lovely part of my job.
Bright and cheerful or soft and pretty?
OOO thats so tricky – depends on the day. Thats the two palettes I work in too! Overall though, I think the brights would win. I love bold, bright colour clashes.
What do you think about while you are arranging?
I get super into it, even when I am up against it time wise and have lots to make in very little time, I find it therapeutic. I think about the colours and the natural shapes of the stems, the foliage (i love to use lots of mixed foliage) and I’ll be listening to music or a podcast (desert island disks big up) so probably singing along, critiquing my work!
What’s on your to do list?
Emails (eek I hide from them for as long as possible) and gardening! I would love to spend some time learning about growing flowers and plants, for that to be part of my day to day life / business one day.
Phrase most often heard about Honeybunch?
Is probably – how did you come up with the name? haha. My mum called us all it (cringe but true).
Did you daydream today? Tell us more…
Yes about the wedding I am doing this weekend and how it will look when guests walk in. You have the vision in your head of how you want it to be and then you strive to make it happen. But luckily working with fresh foliage and flowers it usually takes on a life of its own and looks far better than you imagined because its already so dam gorgeous!
Music? If so who?
90’s and early 2000’s hip hop and r&b, motown or reggae (my mum was born in Jamaica so we grew up on reggae and ska). And anything on desert island discs as I am obsessed and working my way through the archive!
Who are you inspired by? Who should we follow?
My previous boss from Scarlet & Violet is pretty special, the way she puts flowers together is unbelievably beautiful. Seriously. And I am constantly blown away by other florists in London (and further afield) too.
A special mother’s day one…
What are your mum’s favourite flowers? My mum likes anything soft and pretty, she loves scented flowers too. So a David Austin rose – the Keira or the Queen of Sweden.
Get yourself booked in, we’re going, join us!