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’.
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
Petal dropping, leaf curling September- those summer days that give way to those autumn nights. Ingredients Roses ‘Scepter’d Isle’, ‘Litchfield Angel’.Cosmos ‘Apricot Lemonade’. Japanese Anemone ‘September Charm’.Ammi Majus ‘Graceland’.
It's that time of year when the hedgerows are positively buckling under the weight of the blackberries, when fingers stain pink on a woodland walk for all the picking and gobbling, and the bounty just keeps on ripening. Styled with silk hand dyed with the leftover blackberry pulp from the recipe... But that’s another blog … Continue reading Blackberry and Rose Geranium Sorbet
Honey was harvested from our strongest hive last August, it was the first honey we had taken from our bees, and opening a jar now is like delving straight back into Summer. With Christmas indulgence still a recent memory, albeit a haze of clinking glasses, mince pies, and roast potatoes, it's hard to fathom more … Continue reading Honey, Pear, Almond Cake
A generous helping of Sticky Toffee Medlar Pudding, and a gorgeous Medlar Jelly.
The leaves have been blown clean off the boughs in these strong, November winds; the debris left scattered at the foot of woods, in a patchwork of autumnal shapes. The log fires curl sweet smoke from chimney pots, breath catches on the cold air, and the woods are wet and bare. On these days, that … Continue reading Spiced Autumn Leaves