May began and the final tulips went in a flurry of dawn harvests and an insatiable lockdown demand for bunches of their of colourful petals, wrapped up in brown paper. Every tulip I had was sold in under two hours, in a mind blowing response for the need and desire for beauty in the time … Continue reading May
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 Flowers
The heatwave has bought on a lot of the tulips- fast; early, sunny dawns have lit up the woods in a an unseasonal, autumn-borrowed glow, and the first of the ranunculus have bloomed in the tunnel. Tulips were picked as the sun rose through the trees at 6am , and by 10am, were cleaned, conditioned, … Continue reading Easter Weekend Flowers
We’re over two weeks into the covid-19 lockdown, and though life has been put on pause, our workshops and weddings postponed, at least spring has not been cancelled, and work on the land continues. The blossom is beginning to break into bloom on the old cherry tree out back, soon it will be covered in … Continue reading April 8th Flowers
There's a new member of the farm- a little whippet named Jimmy. Now that March is here, the month of many changes, we are beginning to have flowers again. Anemones, Leucojum, and flowering branches, dripping with blossom. Early March; the time of the blackthorn blossom billowing from the hedgerows, her delicate petals spilt all over … Continue reading Wednesday 4th March Flowers
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
Our devotion to the snowdrop, as it stoically sees us through the winter, then there's the daffodils that steal our hearts in March, crescendoing with the mania that happens when the tulips arrive- it’s all a delicious build-up of the spring that we love, and adore. And yet, none of these loves of ours is … Continue reading Botanical Pancakes
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