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 … Continue reading August 28th 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, … Continue reading August 21st 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 … Continue reading August 14th 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'.
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’.
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 … Continue reading Charleston Farmhouse
Banish those winter blues with a bath-time trip right back to summer.
|Sweet pea, apple of my eye|
Pop them by your front door, your terrace, even the street if you must. They will, I guarantee, make your life a little sweeter...