August was a beautiful, busy and somewhat disastrous month- what with a bursting flower field to harvest and deliver, the return of weddings to prepare for, and calamitous accidents concerning dogs, trees and a poly tunnel, the month was full on. Looking back on it now, at least I remember laughing a lot. With the … Continue reading August
July. I know it was busy, but seeing as time in 2020 is punctuated with far fewer events than usual, my memory of it seems to have blurred at the edges, swimming in and out of focus on buckets of flowers, seedlings to tend to, and overnight couriers to sort. My favourite joy this month … Continue reading July
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
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
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