October 2nd Flowers

Rogue deer, perpetual rain, and frantic talk of a hurricane heading this way. Frosts are up next on the agenda, until then, we shall refuse to give in to the inevitable. Ingredients Dahlias- ‘Henriette’, ‘New Baby’, ‘Jomanda’, ‘Raspberry Valliant’ ‘Claire De Lune’, ‘April Heather’, ‘Otto’s Thrill’, ‘Penhill Watermelon’, ‘Mystery Fox’, ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Jodie Wilkinson’ Jasmine…

September 25th Flowers

Windowsill Wednesday. A tutti-frutti dip-dye of a week, and the leaves are turning parrot feather in a squawking of Autumn clash. Ingredients Rudbekia ’Sahara’. Zinnia ’Queen Red Lime’. ’Zinderella Lilac’ Dahlias ’Mystery Fox’, ’Brown Sugar’, ’Henriette’. Chinese Aster ’Chamois Apricot’, ’Lady Coral Cahmois’. Phlox ’Creme Brulee’. Gaura ’The Bride’. Beech Branches. Virginia Creeper. Yellow Buddleia….

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’…

Courgette and Fennel Salad

September abundance when the days are warm, but the nights are cold, the last courgettes have all come at once, and the fennel, fattening up nicely now, are threatening to bolt to seed. Here’s a crunchy lunch, fresh and crisp to match the bite in the air. Ingredients 5 small courgettes 2 fennel bulbs Small…

Roasted Roots and Red Rice

‘Chioggia’ is by no means the tastiest, or the most succulent of the beetroot varieties, but my goodness it’s certainly the prettiest; and what better way to showcase it than in this colourful, crunchy salad celebrating all the beauty of the summer garden- perfect for a meat-free Sunday lunch. Ingredients Serves 6 300 g Red…

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…

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…