June

June, and the garden started flowering by the handful. Nigella, Ammi, Roses, Delphiniums, and Orlaya- it was a banquet of delicate beauty. We finally had rain after a painfully dry spring, I caught up with the seed sowing I’d got behind on, a rush to nestle neglected seedlings into the ground, the bouquets kept flying … Continue reading June

June 17th Flowers

Underrated, undemanding, and full of sneezes; the grasses in June quietly being the prettiest things around. The meadows are in full flourish; the grasses brush head, shoulders, knees, and toes, while the grasshoppers sing and butterflies flit this way and that. The foxgloves bend and bow in the dry heat, and the roses are spangled … Continue reading June 17th Flowers

Easter Weekend 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

April 8th 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

Wednesday 4th March 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

November 20th Flowers

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.

November 13th Flowers

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

November 7th 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’.

October 30th 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

October 16th 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.