We had a great time eating our way round London and managed to fit in the Top Drawer Trade show and a trip round a load of small shops.
The trade fair was lovely - MUCH nicer than Harrogate - but it really made me aware of how difficult it is for buyers to get something different from everyone else.
The Grand Illusions stand - which you have to visit personally as they don't seem to take on new customers by mail - was particularly interesting as you could see exactly where all the nice zinc stuff on country type websites comes from.
The trip around shops was also very useful - I have always harboured the dream of opening a shop in Glasgow or Edinburgh - high footfall area, beautiful window, a chance to get my flowers into the city. Over the weekend I talked to some owners about the economic realities and now I no longer harbour any shop owing ambitions!
The photo is of a very nice flower shop - Absolute Flowers in Great Portland Street - which was selling bulbs in enamel trays and hellebore plants in glass vases. We later saw the same pots in other flower shops so they are obviously coming in already planted, but Absolute Flowers had the best window display. You see I would love a proper window to arrange.