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
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
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’Zinnia … Continue reading September 11th Flowers
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
There's no getting around it- most tomatoes from English supermarkets are renowned for being devoid of taste. Packed in plastic, flown for miles, sprayed with all sorts of things, and ripened long after they are picked, does not for a sunshine-filled, mouthwatering, zingy, sweet tomato make. Whilst it can be a mission to track … Continue reading Tomato and Herb Salad