Brockley Cross florist to close

Nicky Fianders, the flower shop on the corner of Brockley Cross and Brockley Road, is to close next week.

Though its range was limited, the shop was a bright spot in an otherwise unloved collection of shops, clustered around the infamous double roundabout. The shop was well kept and attractive and we must all hope that the landlord doesn't allow it to deteriorate.

The Tea Factory, with its new gallery and coffee shop, can't come soon enough for the fortunes of this intersection.

There are rumours of a new florist opening in Brockley soon (we hope to be able to confirm those details one way or another shortly) and, if so, our personal hope is that they offer a more "contemporary" selection than is currently available at either Nicky Fianders or the florist near Moonbow Jakes. It would also be nice to see them diversify in to garden plants and pots. Given the number of wonderful gardens in the area, it seems odd that there's nothing to cater for the green fingered around here.

Thanks to Andrew for the news and good luck to the current management in their next move.

27 comments:

Kate said...

It would be really nice to have something more garden-oriented than just cut flowers. Somewhere local to buy pots, plants, compost, basic gardening tools, seeds, and so forth.

I got an excellent Christmas wreath from the Brockley Cross florist so I'm sad to hear it's closing down.

veggiegirl said...

Turners do a limited range of compost, fertilisers, plastic pots, tools etc. Looks like they have a good turnover too, which suggests there might be a market for a bigger selection.

Torres said...

Sad for Brockley Cross. It's one step forward two steps back.

Brockley Nick said...

Two steps forward, one step back.

Pete said...

There's a good garden centre not that far away in Forest Hill that sells all that sort of thing.

Kate said...

Veggiegirl - what (and where) is Turners?

Torres said...

Fair enough, glad to hear it is moving forward then.

Anonymous said...

Thie reminds me of Cafe Neu. On the one hand it is sad that oen of the nicer businesses is closing, on the other hand, it wasn't a great shop.

It was caught between two stools - it wasn't a chicken shop or a money changer but nor was it a great shop to entice the new people moving in to the area. I like buying flowers and would support local shops, but there wasn't much in there to choose from.

Just like Cafe Neu's (hopefully) coming back bigger and better, so we've got to hope that this paves the way for a better flower shop.

spincat said...

It is a shame, in one way, as it was an attractive-looking shop that fitted nicely onto that corner.

I wonder if it wasn't a bit old fashioned in its approach though? I stopped using it a few years ago after they insisted on doing up the flowers I had chosen into a very stiff cellophame arrangement; she was quite insistant despite my being firm as to what I wanted/didn't want.

I am a bit spoilt as I work near the really gorgeous Pesh Flowers in SE5, so I'd go there if I wanted 'arranged' flowers; if I wanted simple flowers to make my own arrangement I go to the little place near Moonbow's.

Brockley Nick said...

There's also a nice garden shop in East Dulwich. I'd love for someone to open something similar in Brockley.

Anonymous said...

Turners is the hardware shop on the parade between the Chemist and Adelaide Rd.

It is very good, lots of lines and the owners are very knowledgeable.

Graeme said...

Another note from Brockley's forgotten past. We used to have a garden centre at the junction of Brockley Grove and Ladywell Road until 6 or so years ago (By the Cemetary Gates). I guess that a combination of increasing land prices and lack of business forced the owner to sell the site. It's now flats.

Kate said...

Oh thanks Anon, didn't realise that hardware shop sold gardening stuff! Will check it out.

Wouldn't it be great if one of Nick's bugbears, the garages, was turned into a garden centre?!

veggiegirl said...

@Kate - anonymous #2 beat me to it!

I was going to add that I go to Shannons but that is actually a bit of a pain to get to if you're like me, carless and with a two-year old in tow - would be much better to have something within walking distance.

Maybe a good candidate for an alternative use for the sorting office when that goes?

Brockley Nick said...

Yes it would! And that would be a suitably egalitarian use as well - houseplants, window boxes - everyone could use it...

andy pandy pudding & pie said...

Dont forget the comment i posted last week, according to the lady who runs the shop on the hill, a flowerist is suppposed to be opening next door to her. Maybe this is a comeback!

Amanda said...

In terms of the appearance and range of shops in that pocket of Brockley, this is real pity to lose the Florists. It is one of those shops that I liked looking at from the bus but never went into.
I have to echo a few of the comments in this thread about a garden centre style shop. I'm into trying to be live a little more sustainably. For instance, I have set myself the goal of not buying anymore herbs things. I'm going to grow them fresh from the window box. It's going well so far. What I would want from and what would get me to spend money, is a service more than a shop. I'm not into just consuming for the sake it. I do like fresh flowers. However I get the inexpensive ones from the supermarket.

fabhat said...

Amanda's comment about liking to look at the florist from the bus, but never going in mirrors my response when I saw the closing sign last week.

I thought - oh no, what a shame, but then realised I have never bought flowers from there. I go to columbia rd, or sometimes buy cheap ones from tesco (and have now realised I am breaking my personal "only buy from tesco what you can't get from an independent brockley shop" rule...)So, we can all mourn these local shops and moan about what pops up instead, but they'll only be there as long as we use them.

Hmmm - might pop up to brockley road now and buy some flowers, new taps, cough syrup, wood nails, and lots of different newspapers. Will draw the line at a fridge I think, and have already done my careful round of the three deli/food shops for this week so that's that local shopping sorted!

Bea said...

Went in only last week - what a shame - I always bought my flowers from there. But hopefully they are just relocating to Harefield Road!

spincat said...

Quite a few local gardens centres have closed over last 10 or 12 years. There was another one next to the Brockley Jack and the land was, again, sold for property development.

Shannons is good, but my favourite - way outside brockley Manor, but the best in South east London, I think - is the Secret Garden in Crystal Palace, down the botom of a slope that runs next to the Sainsbury's.

patrick1971 said...

It is a shame - maybe it needed to be nearer the station (i.e. near Speedicars) to really get the commuters going home. Anthomania in Deptford has closed down as well; the fascia is still there but last Saturday there was a very motley looking semi-stall in the shop. Weird.

spincat said...

And the flower shop along the parade of shops leading up to Honor Oak station seems to be closing too

Brockley Sarah said...

I've used this place occasionally. I think it's a real asset to the cross. As everyone else has said it's a bright cheery place, on a bit of a sad corner. I will be sorry to see it go. I agree with Spincat also 'The Secret Garden' in Crystal Palace is a gorgeous garden centre. They've got it spot on! Sadly we now are car-less (no bad thing!), just means it's not so easy for me to shop there! Garden centre for Brockley!!

Susie said...

Oh great. Just what Brockley needs - another effin' Tea/Coffee shop! will be potentially sad but interesting to see what happens to these 'disposable income' reliant venues as the economy slows. Still I suppose it could be worse - like a greasy fried chicken shop that attracts miscellaneous idiots until late in the night - which absolute @***wit gave permission for that on a parade already filled with fast food shops I wonder?! Oh, for a greengrocer!

Nina said...

I'd kill for a garden centre within walking distance of Upper Brockley Road! I don't have a car and trying to carry plants and compost on public transport is absurd.

Anonymous said...

I was sad to see this shop was suddenly empty. I really hope that it doesnt become another nail bar or fast food joint. Anoeher florist would be great or even a chemist.

Valentine Day Flowers said...

are they back again?

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