Stewarts Office Plants

We supply many businesses across the South, from Sussex and Surrey, through Hampshire and Dorset to Wiltshire and Somerset. For more information about the services we offer visit our home page, or contact us here. In this blog you'll find news, interesting snippets, stories and pictures of our staff's adventures out on the road.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Spot the difference

Can you spot the odd one out in this line up?

Our most popular colour of plant pot is graphite. But it's rare that my fortnightly trip to our main plant pot supplier in Somerset results in me only picking up graphite pots; just the way it has worked this time.

Actually our most popular colour is matt graphite. As you can see one of the pots in this line up is gloss graphite, which we very rarely sell. Isn't it amazing how different it makes the pot look?

This serves as a useful reminder of just how bespoke we are able to be when it comes to supplying exactly what colour - and finish - of pots the customer requests. Not only can you have any BS, RAL or Pantone colour you want, but you can then have them all in two different finishes.

It's long been a staple of ours to supply matt metallic colours (the graphite above is a metallic), but flat colours are usually gloss. One colour/finish combo that seems to be becoming fashionable is matt black, as seen in this cute little trough full of miniature 'bonsai' Ficus Microcarpas I recently installed in an office in Richmond, Surrey.

This picture makes it look rather light, but in truth it's not hugely darker than graphite. They both look very effective in neutrally decorated receptions and offices where there is a lot of black leather furniture, with which they are a excellent match.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Spring has sprung, time for a spring clean

As can be seen from the photo I took yesterday morning at 0645 (there are some advantages to an early morning commute) in central Dorset, spring is here.

The garden centres are heaving, but as is the way we have a randomly quiet week this week. So as we were able to open the greenhouse doors and let some air in, and I had some spare staff, we spent the whole day having a really good tidy up.

As you can see we got as far as washing down the walls, disinfecting the plant storage benches, and having a really good throw away of redundant stuff. We are all inveterate hoarders, but a lot of our hoarded stuff is now outside the door being sold on at bargain prices. That's why it makes good sense to do this when the garden centre car park is full of people; lots of bargain hunters!