Our Heritage
Started in 1871

Family and loved ones are everything.

It is the reason you are sending flowers
and it is the reason we are florists.

Mary Sutton outside The Market Tavern in Moseley Street, Digbeth.

If you are a Brummie, then you may have heard of Mary Sutton.

She came from a dynasty of traders who first pitched up to sell blooms in Birmingham’s Bull Ring market over 150 years ago. She was known as “Queen of all flower-sellers” whose time in the market spanned seven decades – we can assure you if you met her you would never forget!

She would be working in all weathers – snow, sleet, rain – and used to leave home at 4 o’clock in the morning to buy flowers. She reached thousands and thousands of Birmingham and West Midlands people over her lifetime.

Mary, who was born in Balsall Heath and was living in Hollywood when she died, served the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh when they visited Birmingham. She was very much a character and worked closely alongside her sister Kate building up Birmingham Florist. People would often liken them to the Cockney flowergirl Eliza Doolittle from the classic musical, My Fair Lady.

Very often you would see the two of them sitting there surveying the whole of the Birmingham Bull Ring with a regal air. The Bull Ring was in their blood. They belonged to the Bull Ring but the Bull Ring belonged to them.

Cary Sutton in his younger days!


We are the great grandchildren of Mary and we are doing our upmost to make her proud and continue the family legacy. Our name Nelly Kelly is also a nod to our heritage. Aptly chosen after the original flower girl, our great, great grandmother Nelly Kelly.

We have been delivering flowers to the people of Birmingham before the commercial likes of Interflora delivery chains were even an idea. We do not deliver flowers for anyone else, so you benefit from no mark-up and no intermediaries taking a cut. We are Birmingham florists, for Birmingham and that will never change.

Birmingham florists since 1871
Nelly Kelly