These Deans traditional shop blinds at the exquisite Henley floral boutique, Bluebells, are created from two different shades of awning fabric carefully stitched together to present a unique, bold, blue and white design. With valances in plain blue and text carefully picked out in contrasting white the overall appearance is one of spring like freshness. Metal work has been powder coated black to blend with the faux Tudor architecture and the hard wood awning casing is painted, with environmentally sound water-based paint, to blend in with the surrounding timberwork of the shopfront. Traditional Deans shop blinds are operated using a pull down pole and the Victorian era design is considered to be one of the most robust awning systems available. However, slide-less awnings can be electrically operated and there is speculation that, in the not too distant future, there may well be an electrically operated option available from Deans.
Bouquets from Bluebells are all handcrafted using an amazing variety of fresh flowers by award winning florists. The shop in Henley always has the best and most beautiful selection of fresh flowers; from the cool whites and blues to the hotter oranges and reds. Bluebells colours will suit any occasion.
The bluebell, or to be technically correct, the Hyacinthoides non-scripta has been voted Britain’s most popular flower in so many competitions that it is usually excluded from the list when British flowers are voted on for popularity. Rather like the robin is always number one on the charts as our favourite bird. Beautiful though it may be, especially when seen as a woodland group in spring, bluebells also synthesise a wide range of chemicals with potential medicinal properties. They contain at least 15 biologically active compounds that may provide them with protection against insects and animals. Certain extracts – water-soluble alkaloids – are similar to compounds tested for use in combating HIV and cancer. The bulbs of bluebells are used in folk medicine as, among other treatments, a diuretic or styptic, while the sap can was traditionally used as an adhesive. The bluebell – not just a pretty face.