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
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.
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’.
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 courgettes2 fennel bulbsSmall bunch of … Continue reading Courgette and Fennel Salad
And just like that the cool was in the air, nipping at fingers and spinning the first leaves to the ground. Ingredients Sunflower ‘Claret’Sunflower 'Valentine’, Sunflower ‘Vanilla Ice’Sunflower ‘Van Gough’Sunflower ‘Pastiche’Rudbeckia ‘Goldstrum’Crab Apple Branches