Withering beauty

19th October 2012

Dried flowers Style Slicker 6

Dried Flowers Style Slicker 4

dried flowers Style Slicker 1

dried flowers Style Slicker 2

dried flowers Style Slicker 3

It’s been almost a year since I first discovered Columbia Road Flower Market through close friends, thanks to the former locals Alexxia and Charlie, it became my essential ‘weekend fix’ or ‘weekend ritual’ for secret meets and shopping for plants and freshly cut blooms.  Those who haven’t experience the mundane world of abundance, get yourself down to Columbia Road on Sundays and bag yourself some bargains, prices drop after 3pm ish.

However, wastage creates a problem, even preserving flowers takes a snail pace patience.  We, as Brits are renowned for our love of queuing and err waiting, and perhaps patience?  Patience oh deary no.  The preserving stage would normally take 4 weeks to suck all the moisture out, there are several ways to do this; from microwaving, air, hanging, hairspray to kitty litter (giving a stern look here).  Speaking of patience, I left the hydrangeas, roses (minus the lavenders) randomly inside a plastic carrier bag, hung inside a compact-spaced pantry door, unchecked for 2 weeks.  Not a true Brit here.  Petals and buds are stored in a plastic takeaway container, they tend to stink a little so I sprayed them with my favourite strong fruity perfume, Escada Ocean Lounge, too sweet in fact.  The point of preserving petals and buds is to use them as prop for my future still life shoot, or simply because they’re beautiful to look at? So, Bob’s your uncle.

P.s I’m currently listening to Kula Shaker‘s old 90s hits.


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  • Reply Dancome 19th October 2012 at 17:49


  • Reply Charlie 19th October 2012 at 17:56

    Wow this is so beautiful Kit!!

  • Reply Jade 19th October 2012 at 18:07

    I can spend forever long hours just staring at the beautiful flowers.

  • Reply Stephanie 19th October 2012 at 19:22

    You know you could make a scented potpourri out of the flower salad you got here.

  • Reply Wendy Lim 19th October 2012 at 20:38

    So poetic, I’m loving Autumn already.

  • Reply Yulia Pedro 19th October 2012 at 20:39

    How on earth do you make flower arranging and still life look so effortlessly cool? Love your photography.

  • Reply Fashion Hot 19th October 2012 at 20:45

    Love this post.
    p.s I used to love listening to Kula Shaker.

  • Reply Yasmin 19th October 2012 at 22:43

    omg this is beautifulllll!

  • Reply Rose 19th October 2012 at 22:45

    In utter awe of your photography, love the way you did the candle.

  • Reply Bethany 19th October 2012 at 22:46

    You have a bag full of tricks and talent, I admire you.

  • Reply Cool Milk 19th October 2012 at 23:33

    So cool. xox

  • Reply Diana Long 19th October 2012 at 23:37

    Where is the basket from?

  • Reply Sherry 20th October 2012 at 00:25

    Love all the photos.

  • Reply Gail English 20th October 2012 at 02:19

    Breathtaking! How do you make your photos look incredible? What’s the secret?

    • Reply Kit Lee 20th October 2012 at 12:37

      @Gail English – I have no secret Gail, the only ingredients are; a good lense, composition, lighting, and post production meaning Photoshop.
      @Sam – HK$70 doesn’t sound that bad, it’s half the price. A bunch of Hydrangeas, 5 stems for about £10 (HK$125).

  • Reply Apple Choi 20th October 2012 at 02:26

    The purples and red goes so well together, I didn’t know drying flowers would take 4 weeks, I’d rather spray it all over with a hair aerosol.

  • Reply Sam 20th October 2012 at 02:51

    Kit Kit, these are gorgeous. I was just at the flower market (in hk of course) yesterday- they have all these gorgeous flowers imported from Holland that cost like $70 a bunch. Crazy.

    Btw are you going to make potpourri with those petals. Hehehehe

  • Reply Olga K 20th October 2012 at 12:32

    So beautiful, Kit.

  • Reply winnie 20th October 2012 at 15:11

    Ooooh fancy!! So beautifully shot too. I really love the faded vintage-y colours of the petals! You make me want to buy flowers!

  • Reply Théa Unknown 20th October 2012 at 18:52

    Awesome photographs!

    Théa Unknown

  • Reply Rainia 20th October 2012 at 19:23

    OMG the floral photos are AMAziNG!!!!!
    Can I hang out with you?

  • Reply Candy Candy 20th October 2012 at 20:51


  • Reply Francesca Him 20th October 2012 at 20:52

    Stunning, stunning and stunning.

  • Reply steph 21st October 2012 at 12:53

    hey kit, just found you thru marlene’s blog.. blown away by your photos! huge fan of flowers too, so i just have to add you to my follow list. your blog is beautiful!

  • Reply Fashion Follows Her 21st October 2012 at 20:34

    I’m lucky enough to have lots of lavender in my garden- about this time of year I pop out and harvest it. It looks so very pretty in a jar with a few drops of lavender oil when the scent has disappeared.xx

  • Reply Marlene @ chocolatecookiesandcandies 22nd October 2012 at 11:06

    Eeeek! Wish I’d read your post before I tossed out my daughter’s flower girl bouquet. I know next to nothing about flowers and didn’t have a clue on how to go about preserving it so I binned it instead 🙁 I love how you style your shots. So beautifully composed.

  • Reply the style crusader 22nd October 2012 at 13:09

    I love that first shot! The bag looks beautiful with all those flowers tumbling out of it. Love your idea of saving the flowers for your still life shoots (which are the best by the way). xx

  • Reply Duck 24th October 2012 at 11:49

    As usual your still lives are INSANELY GORGEOUS. Love. And it’s so true, while we queue and wait and queue and wait, we’re not actually patient about it. We moan the whole way through the process…

  • Reply cristi 24th October 2012 at 15:00

    Very nice idea! Would love to give this to someone. 😀

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  • Reply Michelle Lee 28th October 2012 at 07:48


  • Reply sha 29th October 2012 at 09:06

    KIT your photos are always SO beautiful I wish I did a shoot with you!! And I can’t believe I never once went to Columbia Road Flower Market in the 10 months I lived in London 🙁

  • Reply Lucy 3rd February 2013 at 19:30

    These photos are beautiful! xxx

  • Reply STEL STYLE 28th October 2013 at 10:11

    you are so creative, this post is really nice

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