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
The trees are all ablaze in reds, and pinks, and yellows; like candles in the wind, soon they’ll all be blown completely out. Ingredients Beech. Field Maple. Hazel. Pieris. Dried Oats. Dried Amaranthus.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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