This small shop in Main Street, Croydon is an Aladdin's Cave of floral beauty.
The shop front.
Melissa Jane in her office.
My first impression was, "where are the flowers?", as dried flower arrangements seemed to be the dominant product with many examples of Melissa Jane's talents on display.
Melissa Jane calls them everlasting flowers. She can make the dried flowers into bouquets and box and vase arrangements.
It doesn't take long to see the range of freshly cut flowers. She can make them into bouquets and box and vase arrangements as well.
Freshly cut flowers.
I was pleased to see some old favourites, snapdragons, carnations, hydrangeas, gerberas and sunflowers. Her fresh flowers are sourced from the flower market at Epping.
A large two-dimensional wall mural of flowers nicely blends with the three-dimensional displays of dried arrangements.
A perfect background.
Around the shop, mostly at floor level, are numerous indoor plants ready to take home and talk to.
Your own personal conversation pieces.
At the other end of the height spectrum, looking up reveals many dried arrangements hanging from the ceiling. All this gives a feeling of being surrounded by floral beauty.
Hanging dried flowers.
A large proportion of Melissa Jane's business is delivering her products straight to your door. You are always welcome to call into the shop anytime during their restricted opening hours.
An item I have noticed in many florists lately is the use of cotton bolls in floral arrangements.
Cotton bolls and some very dried flowers.
A range of accessories to enhance your flowers is available. The cards are unique and would complement any floral gift.
I find visits to florists an act of peace and beauty as you are surrounded by colourful flowers. The dried arrangements may not be colourful, but they do give a feeling of being in a nice space.
What an ideal work place.
To appreciate Melissa Jane's floral art, drop in, you will be impressed.