A little bit of heaven

A little bit of heaven

It’s my favourite time of year when the garden roses are starting to bloom. You can’t see a better selection of roses than at the National Trust property, Mottisfont, where the stunning walled garden has the national collection of old fashioned roses. It’s heavenly! It’s a truly beautiful place with hundreds of different varieties of […]

An injection of colour

An injection of colour

Hello. How are you? I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last wrote here. So much has happened over the past few months, this poor blog has been neglected. And don’t even get me started on the allotment and my new ‘cutting garden’, which is still resembling a large, sparse area of earth! […]

Darling dahlias!

Dahlia Cafe au Lait This will be my third year growing flowers for cutting and I have to admit I’ve developed a slight obsession with dahlias! I just can’t get enough of them. The colours, the shapes, the incredible beauty. They really are the most fabulous flowers both in the garden and in a vase. When you first […]

A year in flowers

I love the fresh start that January brings. As all the seed catalogues start dropping through my letterbox, I’ve been planning and dreaming. What to grow on my cutting patch this year, what to grow in my new garden? So many plans to make. As a starting point, I’ve been reflecting on last year. What worked, what […]

Winter cheer

There’s not much happening on my cutting patch at the moment and I’m taking it easy with the manual labour until the weather gets a bit warmer! But today I popped down to the allotment to harvest foliage for some Christmas wreaths and I came across this beautiful little Anenome flower bravely blooming despite the cold and the frost. I […]

Instagram Love

Have you discovered Instagram yet? If you’ve got a Smart phone and love taking and sharing photos then you should really download it onto your phone. I promise you’ll love it. Not only can you add filters and crop your own photos to make them look better, you can also follow other’s picture feeds for an inspiring, […]

Dahlias to die for

Dahlias to die for

I loved doing this autumnal wedding. The couple were having a quirky 1950s theme and wanted fun flowers to match the mood, in a riot of clashing colours and textures. For the simple hand-tied table centres there were gorgeous English grown dahlias in rich shades of red, hydrangeas just starting to fade to stunning antiquey hues, David Austin roses […]

Dreaming of summer

I’ve just been sorting through all the hundreds of pictures I’ve taken this summer and I came across these that I took at The Savill Garden, near Windsor. It truly is a very special place. Especially the rose garden, which is a fabulous show-case of the very best of David Austin’s scented roses. If you […]

The not-so-great British bake-off

Is anyone else missing the Great British Bake Off this week or is it just me? I love that show so much! I always like to think that if I had the time, I could be a fairly decent cook, but as much as I enjoy it, watching all those clever contestants always intimidates me slightly! I can grow flowers, fruit and […]

Gypsophilia is cool!

It was such a privilege for me to do the flowers for Tess and Ryan’s super-stylish wedding at the East Molesey Boat Club on the banks of the River Thames. Tess’ immaculate styling and vintage touches really complimented the flowers and the venue perfectly. Tess’ mum had used gypsophilia in her wedding flowers in the 80s and so, […]

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