September 18th Flowers

Windowsill Wednesday. Petal dropping, leaf curling September- those summer days that give way to those autumn nights. Ingredients Roses ‘Scepter’d Isle’, ‘Litchfield Angel’. Cosmos ‘Apricot Lemonade’. Japanese Anemone ‘September Charm’. Ammi Majus ‘Graceland’.

September 11th Flowers

The trees are at their heaviest now and apples drop by the dozen. As the leaves begin to mottle, all pink dimples and yellow dots, the Sun sends gold to stretch out the shadows in the shortening evenings; this is our Autumn knocking at the door. Ingredients Cosmos ’Purity’ ’Candy Stripe’, ’Pied Piper Red’, ’Daydream’…

September 4th Flowers

And just like that the cool was in the air, nipping at fingers and spinning the first leaves to the ground. Ingredients

August 28th Flowers

There’s a sweet sort of melancholia that hangs around in the last week of August; when the crabapples turn rosy, and conkers begin to fall, summer holidays are packed away, and pencils are sharpened. It’s a week of endings and beginnings, a slow unfolding, a bending, warping, crumpling of one season into the next. Ingredients…

August 21st Flowers

A week of slow abundance; in the hedgerow the hazelnuts and honeysuckle are tied up in knots, then there’s dahlias by the armful in the garden, and in the orchards the branches droop low with fruit. The nights are closing in and there’s a chill in the air that wasn’t there last week- so slight,…

August 14th Flowers

The drizzle didn’t lift all day- the quietest sort of rain, a muting, and a softening, and then bit by bit, everything was embroidered with raindrops. Ingredients Cosmos ‘Apricot Lemonade’, ‘Purity’ Scabious ‘Fata Morgana’ Rudbeckia ‘Sahara’ Parsley Flowers Apple Mint Honeysuckle Crabapple branches Phlox ‘Cherry Caramel’ Nicotiana Grandiflora Bronze Fennel Sunflowers ‘Italian White’ Zinnia ‘Queen…

August 7th Flowers

Ingredients Ammi Majus ’Graceland’ Cosmos ’Purity’ Roses ‘Desdemona’, ‘Felicia’, ‘White Cecile Brunner’. Flowering Mint. Alchemilla Mollis. Bells or Ireland. Yarrow. Phlox ‘Whipped Cream’. Amaranthus ‘Green Tails’. Linaria seedheads. Ravenswing. Larkspur ‘Giant White’. Jasmine ‘Clotted Cream’.

July 31st Flowers

Ingredients Ammi Majus ‘Graceland’. Phlox Cherry Caramel.’ Carnation ‘Chabaud Orange Sorbet’. Nicotiana ‘Tinkerbelle’, ‘Whisper Mixed’, ‘Grandiflora’. Nigella ‘Albion Black Pod’. Dahlias ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Cafe Au Lait’, ‘Mystery Fox’, ‘Henriette’, ‘Penhill Watermelon’, ‘Labyrinth’, ‘Happy Single Kiss’, ‘Bantling’.

Charleston Farmhouse

Last week I made a visit to Charleston Farmhouse, East Sussex, to meander through the gardens in the rain, and we’ll get to that- but first earlier that morning I had been meandering around my own garden, cup of coffee in hand pondering the darkening rainclouds overhead wondering if they would finally break to end…