The cycle of the season comes back around and as the seed heads swell and ripen, the list of Hardy Annuals to sow now gets brought out to gently work through. From fragrant sweet peas, to frothy armfuls of Ammi majus, to get the biggest, healthiest Hardy Annual plants- September and October sowings are best. … Continue reading The Seed Shop
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.
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.
October, with her almost frosts, and heavy rains, leaving you and the petals bashed, bruised, and running on empty; these are the moments when it’s good to remember that life is just a work in progress. Ingredients Feverfew.Sunflower ‘Vanilla Ice’.Cosmos ‘Apricot Lemonade’.Crabapple.Tomato ‘Santorange’.Heuchera leaves.Dahlias ‘Single Happy Kiss’, ‘Jowey Winnie’.
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 … Continue reading October 2nd 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.Crapapple branches.Crocosmia.
The figs seem to come all at once, plumping, and bruising into ripeness over night; a perfect excuse to load up a rich, sweet, crumbly honey cake with them. Ingredients 250g clear honey and a couple of teaspoons to drizzle on top225g unsalted butter100g dark muscovado sugar3 large eggs300g of self-raising flour*4 medium figs200 ml … Continue reading Honey Cake with Figs and Mascarpone