July. I know it was busy, but seeing as time in 2020 is punctuated with far fewer events than usual, my memory of it seems to have blurred at the edges, swimming in and out of focus on buckets of flowers, seedlings to tend to, and overnight couriers to sort. My favourite joy this month … Continue reading July
June, and the garden started flowering by the handful. Nigella, Ammi, Roses, Delphiniums, and Orlaya- it was a banquet of delicate beauty. We finally had rain after a painfully dry spring, I caught up with the seed sowing I’d got behind on, a rush to nestle neglected seedlings into the ground, the bouquets kept flying … Continue reading June
It’s been a whirlwind of a month, barely any time to sit still despite the rest of the world slowing down. No planes overhead, no places to go, no people to see- but nature doesn’t pander to those sorts of clocks, and she marched on with full gusto, with heatwaves bringing on Spring fast. Tulip … Continue reading April
Escape for a restoratively creative day in the depths of rolling English countryside within a quintessentially English cottage garden.
The trees are all ablaze in reds, and pinks, and yellows; like candles in the wind, soon they’ll all be blown completely out. Ingredients Beech. Field Maple. Hazel. Pieris. Dried Oats. Dried Amaranthus.
A week of killing frosts, and rolling mists, of great pink sunsets splashed in watercolour across the sky, that crumples quickly into another cold night. Ingredients Strawflowers ‘Bright rose’ ‘Salmon rose’. ‘Silvery Rose’ Dried Ammi Majus. Dahlias ‘Penhill Watermelon’. ‘Cafe au Lait’. Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’. Scabious ‘Fata Morgana’. Viburnum berries.
The time of golden mornings that don’t fully rise into day, but wane from dawn in a gentle yawn back into dusk. And that tentative, fragile sort of cold that’s still trying winter on for size; not quite the darkest days of the year, but almost. Ingredients Hydrangea. Rosehips. Crabapple. Dahlia ‘new baby’, ‘apple blossom’ … Continue reading November 13th Flowers
Ragged but beautiful; the last dregs giving it all they've got. Ingredients Straw Flowers ’Silvery Rose’, ’Bright Rose’. Larkspur ’Misty Lavender’. Dahlia ’Penhill Watermelon’, ’Otto’s Thrill’, ’New Baby’, ’Single Happy Kiss’. Flowering Fennel. Rudbeckia ’Irish Eyes’. Cosmos ’Apricot Lemonade’.
There’s a sharpness in the air, an unsympathetic bite that has cut through the last plants standing; brave dahlia here, a solitary straw flower there cling on against the darkening sky of winter. Now’s the time of candlelight and fire, a flickering respite against the cold. Ingredients Purple leaf cherry branches. Apple tree branches. Nicotiana … Continue reading October 30th Flowers
The last few still standing in amber, fuchsia, and gold. Going, going, gone all too soon. Ingredients Pear tree branches.Florence fennel flowers.Sunflower ‘Italian White’.Zinnia ‘Queen Lime Red’, ‘Zinderella Lilac’.Cosmos ‘Apricot Lemonade’.Jasmine tendrils.Dahlias. Jug by Francesca Anfossi.