zaterdag 26 mei 2012



You will probably call me a fool, posting about a flower shop before I post about the gardens and places I visited in England, but this flower shop was far from ordinary. I simply had to share it with you first.

While walking through The Lanes in Brighton, some beautifully arranged spring bouquets caught the attention of me and my friends. What struck us most was the the use of seasonal wild flowers and  classic and timeless blooms, like roses, peonies and lilacs. All loosely arranged in vases, modern or antique or in a simple enamel cup. Much thought was given to the colour palette.

While searching the internet later, I found out that the shop owners are two London florists, who managed the flower shop at Liberty's. Well, that makes sense!!

While oohing and aahing outside, the friendly shop owner asked us in to have a look. We were amazed. Although tiny, the flower shop had lots of atmosphere. There were beautiful antique pieces on display, from small vases and jugs to one off pieces of furniture.

When in Brighton, do visit. You can find Quince on 2 Nile Street.

Before I am off to the kitchen preparing Rhubarb pie for tomorrow, I would like to thank you for your kind comments on my last post. I enjoyed reading which spring flowers are your favourites. Please excuse me for not leaving many comments myself this week, but the attraction of the garden is too strong to resist. How I cherish the beautiful weather we are having in Holland at the moment :-)!

Wish you all a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the sun wherever you are.


Madelief x


80 opmerkingen:

  1. my dear.. ohhhhh what lovely flowers.. I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee this coolurs.. oh my god Madelief.. a dream..
    I wish you a very nice weekend..
    Kisses and many hugs.. susi

  2. Heel begrijpelijk dat dit winkeltje je hart gestolen heeft, het is zo kleurrijk en de gemengde boeketten met eigen stijl bijzonder aantrekkelijk! Heb je er nog iets gekocht ter herinnering aan dit aangename bezoek?

    Ik wens je nog een heerlijk weekend, wat is het lekker buiten hè? Ik heb net één buxusbol gesnoeid, alles beetje bij beetje, dan komt de tuin vanzelf in orde :)!

    Veel liefs, Ingrid

  3. Thank you for the lovely flower fhotos.

  4. Het is `n mooie site en `n lief winkeltje.Kan me heel goed voorstellen dat je daar graag rondloop.Lieve groetjes M.

  5. Dear Madelief - what a treasure trove of a find, both for the flowers and the pieces of furniture and flower containers. Definitely a place to remember when next in Brighton. So pleased that you had an enjoyable visit.

  6. such a beautiful place to explore- flower paradise ;0)xxxx beautiful photos, wonderful floral displays x

  7. Dear were so right to show us these gorgeous pictures first! They are absolutely breathtaking.....I enjoyed them all so much, I will have to look at them again. What beautiful colours and arrangements, and how inspiring...and of course your eye behind the lens really makes the pictures special. A real treat!
    Have a happy evening.
    Helen x

  8. So much beauty in that little corner. I would choose the daisy arrangement as it's my favorite. I would love to visit someday. I love all your photos. Thank you for sharing, Madelief. Hugs, Deb

  9. Prachtig hoor die winkel!
    Fijn weekend!

  10. Hermosas flores! precioso lugar...un saludo desde Chile. me gusta mucho tu blog, siempre lo veo. saludos! Carla.

  11. Wat een beeldschoon winkeltje, kan me voorstellen dat je er weg van was.Lieve groet van Riet en fijne PInksterdagen.

  12. What a wonderful place to find, I'm not surprised you were keen to share it with us. I thought your Dutch flower shops were lovely, but this one must take some beating!
    Sarah x

  13. It makes absolute sense to me that you couldn't wait to share this. Absolutely logical! Just don't ask me to explain why - I couldn't say.=] I love flower shops that have cottagey flowers - not floristy flowers - if you know what I mean. Somewhere, recently (was it here or in a magazine?) I saw a beautiful article on a shop called 'Real Blooms' and the bouquets were meltingly beautiful - you would have loved it.

    You've been to England, already? I was thinking summer.... I cannot wait to see more!!!

    and, as for the garden.... my parents were here for a month and it rained for almost the whole time. Then, as they left, the sun came out and I had a good look - I could not believe the changes. There was so much growing. I've been in the garden nonstop for a week, now! and, I saw the iris buds coming but nothing could prepare me for the shock of how beautiful everything is. It's a funny thing - I forget really what it looks like until the blooms come again the next year.

    Now, I'm off to read more - I've only had time for quick peeks at your last few posts - I just couldn't resist and wait for a proper look. ;)

    btw, I saw the advertisement for the book, today, again, in my latest issue and felt soooo satisfied and content! heeheeee! =D


    Katy xxoo

  14. What a charming shop...
    I bet the smell was mind blowing with all these Hyacinth.
    Once again, Madelief, you've wowed me with your cheerful post, thank you.
    Joasia x

  15. Ook helemaal mijn ding dat mooie winkeltje Madelief....maar de zee van mooie kleuren in je eigen tuin vind ik toch nog mooier!!!
    geniet nog van een stralens weekend...liefs

  16. Hoi Madelief,

    Wat een prachtwinkeltje is dat! Geweldig om hart & ziel van de eigenaren terug te zien in alles wat ze laten zien!
    En ja, hier ok werinig tijd om te bloggen, het weer is té mooi en er is téveel te doen in de tuin... maar bij mij begint het nu eindelijk ergens op te lijken :)
    Ik wens je een héérlijk weekend, dan kan niet stuk met dit fantastische zomerweer!!

    Liefs uit het zuiden,

  17. I absolutey love such shops which shows flowers and antiques. And your pictures are great! It is really a pleasure to see them. Much thanks for this so beautiful pictures.

    best greetings,

  18. You certainly stumbled on a gem here. Those "loosely arranged" flowers are my favorite bouquets. While they look so casual--so easy--I know it takes a well-trained eye and talent to make them so full, balanced and yet random-appearing....

  19. I am so inspired! My heart is full of beauiful colors and green things growing after visiting here today~

  20. Thanks for sharing such a great find with us Madelief. I can see why you were so drawn to Quince, you have a very similar style. The first few photos could have come straight out of one of your posts.

  21. What a wonderful and romantic flowershop ! I like it. And the flowers are very beautiful ! I like these pastels colors...sweet and magic !
    Thank you Madelief.
    Nice Week-end,

    Nathanaëlle x

  22. Hello Madelief
    How lovely to see the Brighton Flower shop, I love the way they have used cow parsley and feverfew in they bouquets, beautiful!
    Thea x

  23. What an amazing fact you are just drawn to beautiful things I think they seek you out...I could see you owning a garden flower shop yourself!
    I was out gardening and planting myself....I hope I didn't over due the steer manure.....we shall see!
    Its so exciting to watch things take off in all your gardens, I can't wait till mine does!

  24. What a beautiful shop! Thanks for sharing with all of us! Enjoy your pie..

  25. Wat een mooie bloemenwinkel zeg Madelief...prachtig.......liefs fijn weekend van

  26. I completely agree, I think you should have posted about the little shop, Quince. How on earth would we know about it otherwise? It's lovely & charming & wonderful. xx's

  27. Oh Madelief, what a delicious post. The shop you featured has so much love and exquisite taste by the shop owners. Don't you just love to find such stores that are created with passion. I love the picture of you too. Is it any wonder they invited you in?
    Enjoy your garden and have a wonderful weekend


  28. Wonderful displays! Love it! So beautiful as usual. One or maybe the most beautiful blog I visit! Magic! 8)

  29. I do have my own lovely memories of a visit to Brighton, and now have another place to visit whenever it may be that I get back again. Quince looks to be treasure of a shop, and as you wrote, no surprise when you learn there's a Liberty connection.

    Still...your talent and flowers and garden are truly the top! xo

  30. What a pretty shop and such a delicious name: Quince - it suits it perfectly.
    How lovely to be invited inside and to be allowed to take photographs. One of my favourite flower shops is in Copenhagen. However, it has become so sought-out that "sightseers" are charged an entrance fee.

    Enjoy the good weather in the garden.


  31. It's a joy to look at your pictures! Amazing flower shop!


  32. Een bloemist naar mijn hart Madelief....dit zie je zelden ......veldboeketjes staan te pronken....wachtend op een goed tehuis.......prachtig!!!!
    Gelukkig kan ik in ons dorp ook van deze lieve bloemetjes kopen....ik zou anders diep ongelukkig worden als ik dit niet kon krijgen.
    Ik wens je een fijn & plezierig Pinkster weekend,
    Met lieve groetjes,

  33. Hallo liebste Madelief,

    also iiich verstehe das voll und ganz ! Selbst wenn Du sicher wundervolle Gärten besucht hast, so ist dieser Laden wirklich aussergewöhnlich. Und ich freue mich sehr, dass Du uns soviele Bilder davon mitgebracht hast.

    Was hab ich nur für ein Glück, dass es bei uns keinen solchen Laden gibt ! Nicht nur die Blumen und Arrangements sind klasse, sondern auch die Möbel, Spiegel und die Einrichtung. Ich würde ganz sicher mein letztes Hemd dort hin tragen, darum hab ich echt Glück, dass es in Klein Gallien gar nichts gibt...........

    Ich wünsche Dir ein wundervolles Pfigstfest und werde mich nun meinem Renovierungschaos hingeben.........

    Es winkt
    Deine Eve

  34. Dear Madelief,

    So glad that the weather is beautiful there and you have been spending time in the garden,
    I would be oohing and aching at the beautiful flower shop - I loved seeing the gorgeous flowers.
    Glad that you had a lovely holiday in England


  35. Oh madelief,
    Isn't it a gorgeous shop? My sister lives in Horsham, not far from Brighton and I love going to The Lanes. They have such lovely individual shops, don't they ?I am going to stay with my sister in early July and hope to pop in to Brighton.
    The Chelsea Flower Show was wonderful. Such beautiful show gardens and so much inspiration.
    Hope you are enjoying th wonderful weather. It is warm and sunny in England.
    Have a lovely Sunday. XXXX

  36. Wow.....wat een prachtige bloemenwinkel Madelief, je komt daar volgens mij ogen tekort.
    Ik kan mij voorstellen dat je ons deze post niet wilde onthouden.
    Ik ga weer heerlijk de tuin in. Het stucwerk moet drogen, dus we kunnen nu weinig doen, ook geen straf met dit weer hihi.
    Mijn favoriete Voorjaarsbloem kan ik je niet geven, ik vind zoveel bloemen mooi dat het moeilijk wordt hier een keuze in te maken zonder een andere mooie bloeier tekort te doen.
    Ik wens jou ook hele fijne Pinksterdagen toe.
    Lieve groet, Mea

  37. Wat een heerlijke bloemenwinkel om te zien. Zo mooi groen geschilderd aan de buitenkant en al die details overal. Genieten dus van de foto's !

  38. Such a pretty spot...I love little jewels like this. My garden is so slow this year... can't wait for all my flowers to bloom. Have a great new week. Your photos really are the BEST! xo

  39. Mooi om te zien , ze hebben het ook zo gezellig staan... Een heus bloemen boetiekje! Je hebt het ook weer mooi op de foto gezet. Wat genieten nu met het weer, we moeten het er echt van nemen, het kan zo weer anders zijn in nederland. Lieve groet diana

  40. Absolutely fantastic! Don't worry about commenting: just enjoy the garden and Spring. It came, at last!


  41. Hello Madelief,

    what a fantasic Flowerboutique.
    Wonderful clours and Impressions.
    It's a fantastic dream.Have a nice sunny weekend!

    Best wishes,

  42. Lovely flowers, colours and pics!

    Have a nice sunday.

  43. Hi, I was in Brighton on Friday - I often stop at this shop for a look, the arrangements are so very artistic - a real difference to the average florist. I haven't ventured inside so will make sure I do next time. I go there often - make sure you visit the charity shops, they are particularly good in Brighton as are staffed by people who know how to display stock well, ask a fair price and know what we like (I did a post this weekend on my lovely find). Betty

  44. wooooaaaahhhhhhh wat een superleuk winkeltje!!!! Daar wordt een mens toch hyper van????!!! Alleen al kijken maakt je blij, laat staan een boeketje kopen!;).

    Rabarber met aardbeien hadden wij op de vlaai;)..ook lekkerrrr


  45. what a gorgeous shop and look at all those beautiful flowers! :D

    i can see myself standing in front if all that oohing and aahing as well ;)

    have a nice evening!

  46. Absolutely lovely to 'stroll' through with you in Brighton
    Madelief! Your photos are certain to be called 'addictive'! It's the colours you know which attracts us all...I have always loved these!
    Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend,

  47. Wat mooi!! Hadden we maar wat meer van dat soort winkeltjes in Nederland.
    Heerlijke vrolijke kleuren, en ook weer zo erg Madelief!

  48. What a sweet shop! So beautiful! I`m inlove...Ooh and aah :o) Beautiful pictures too!
    Have a very nice week, Madelief

  49. what a beatiful flower shop, very inspiring!!

  50. OMG this place is Enchanting! I have saved most of the Images to my Favs to enjoy again and again... no wonder you were excited to stumble upon such a fabulous little Jewel while on your Travels... it is Picture Postcard Perfect! Thank You for Sharing this Delightful English Flowershop, now I've got to find out more about it.

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  51. Hello Madelief:
    Yes, Quince is as delicious as its name suggests it will be. there is clearly a strongly creative and artistic hand at work here. Each detail is carefully considered, a visual feast indeed.

    We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time in Brighton. The lanes are a fascinating mix of shops, all with their own very individual style. Rather too many jewellery shops have sprung up in recent years there for our liking but, nevertheless, it is a place of intrigue and, often, happy surprises such as Quince.


  53. What beautiful flowers! I shall definitely have to make a drive to Brighton to visit this lovely shop. Have a lovely week enjoying the sunshine! Sharon

  54. Heb je nog tijd om al je reakties te lezen?????????????
    WOW!!!!! ik ben nr 56......
    Maar ik begrijp het wel dat je zoveel reakties krijg, WAT een SFEERpost zeg, wil ik OOK zien!!!!!!
    Ik ben benieuwd naar je volgende post.........
    En idd wat een heerlijk weekend was het, mijn 2 vrije dagen voelden als een week, zoveel buiten zijn en genieten van de tuin, heerlijk!!!!!
    Fijne week

  55. Wat een prachtige blog heb je toch, echt genieten.
    Ja, en dan Engeland, ik kom net terug van 14 dagen
    Shropshire, mijn tuin is in die tijd een jungle geworden,
    moet en wil het liefst buiten bezig zijn, maar wil ook
    wat van Engeland en van mijn tuin op mijn blog laten zien.
    Dus moet ik aan de slag.
    Gr. Janneke

  56. Looks like you had a lovely time in England look forward to seeing more photos.

  57. wow, wat mooi! Dit wil ik ook om de hoek!!!!!!!!! Ipv al die meuk hier. Daar wachten we toch allemaal op? Iets beginnen dan maar Madelief, jij daar in het westen en ik in het oosten? gelijk een keten!! ;)

  58. Wat een droom is dat winkeltje....kan me voorstellen dat je ons dat wilde laten zien! Heb je genoten de laatste dagen in je tuin? Wat groeit alles nu hard he, het is echt genieten. Lieve groetjes

  59. What absolutely stunning photos and flowers. So glad I found your blog.
    Ruth x

  60. Quince is now on my list now of places I must see. I want to plan a trip visiting the flowers shops of England! The flowers are gorgeous, and I really, really love the green walls and sign too!

  61. That is my kind of shop! I hope you are enjoying your garden - we have a frost warning out for tonight. I hope my garden blooms survive this late frost.

    We painted our barn today.


  62. What a charming flower shop and the flower arrangements are fantastic.

  63. Dearest Madelief,

    One can tell that you have lost your heart at that flower shop! It is amazing the way they present their bouquets.
    Enjoy your outdoor gardening time.

  64. I loved everything about this place, from the charming name to the merchandising! So simply lovely, show casing the real deal, the flowers in all their beauty, grouped together for impact! I did the same thing on my first trip to Paris, I took photos of this adorable tiny flower shop I found the first morning of our visit. My husband was incredulous, but not surprised at my excitement!
    Simple things of beauty are best! N.xo

  65. Goedemorgen Madelief,

    Tjeetje wat een ontzettend mooi blog is dit!!!
    Jouw foto's zijn super...en als ik nog niet blij was, dan
    zou ik het nu ter plekke worden...
    Ik ben er weg van en wil je graag volgen...

    Liefs en goeds,

  66. Hello Madelief,
    What a gorgeous shop!
    My daughter lives in Brighton, how have I managed to miss this shop!!
    Must go back soon!
    Rachel x

  67. I couldn't believe it when I read this! Funnily enough we were in Brighton on Sunday! Used to live there as well (well... in Hove, actually)! And we follow Quince on Twitter & Instagram (and they us!)!! It's a very small world sometimes! Hope you had a lovely, lovely time and let us know next time you're at this side of the pond! Could meet up for a coffee maybe?

    Martin x

  68. Dear Madelief,
    what a colouful and joyful flower shop!
    Thanks so much for the beautyful photos!
    Have a nice time! Siret

  69. Hoi Madelief,
    Wat heerlijk dat je ons even meenam naar dit prachtige bloemenboetiekje. Dit is echt genieten hè? Morgen over twee weken ben ik ook in Brighton. Ik heb het adres al opgeschreven, want je weet maar nooit of we er in de buurt komen. Dan wil ik zelf ook wel even kijken...
    Ik wens je een heel fijne avond,
    Lieve groet,

  70. Hi Madelief,
    What a wonderful florists. Thank you so much for sharing your pictures.
    Will definitely visit the next time we're in Brighton.
    Hope you have a lovely day.

  71. Wat een prachtige winkel, waarom kennen ze dat hier in de omgeving nou niet. Daar zou ik gerust een stukje voor omrijden en wat euro's meer neertellen.

    Groetjes Natasja

  72. Wat een prachtige winkel, Madelief. Dit is echt genieten en helemaal hoe jij het vast hebt gelegd met de camera. Erg mooi!!
    Dank je dat we even mee naar binnen mochten in deze pracht shop..

    Ik wens je een mooie dag ☼
    zonnige groet,

  73. Looks like a wonderful little flower shop,
    such beautiful displays,
    very inspiring...
    Enjoy the garden,lots of love juliexoxox

  74. Wat een geweldig winkeltje, vooral de combi maakt het zo bijzonder! Heerlijk om nu te genieten van je tuin, het bloggen staat hier dan ook op een laag pitje, maar vanavond ben ik begonnen aan het 'bijlezen'...

    Fijne avond. Lieve groet, Miranda

  75. I did the same thing when we were in Germany. Florist shops have so many different beautiful designs across the pond, and I am sure here to yet it must be the atmosphere that makes it different! I would have gone nuts in that shop with all of its beauty. You took so many wonderful photos, I really enjoyed looking at them.
    Take Care,

  76. Well, lets try this again as my first comment did not work. I took lots of photos of florist shops when we were in Germany, as they have such a different style of presenting flowers, I just love it. How fortunate that you found the little shop and the owner showed you around! I would have gone nuts in there! Love all of those pretty pics.
    Take Care,


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