Changing seasons

There are signs of significant change, as summer relaxes into autumn here in the UK. The roses have amazed us with a second flush that is bolder than the first. I’ll close with words from Rhys Lewis’ recent song, Seasons, which is a welcome reminder of impermanence in life – just as happiness is somethingContinue reading “Changing seasons”

Gardenversary

We’ve been living here a year now. Here’s what the garden looked like this time last year. We soon got some turf put down so we wouldn’t be living in a mud bath all winter, and carved out some beds. I’m looking forward to another gardening year, and to learning much more about plants andContinue reading “Gardenversary”

Mum’s birthday flowers

It’s my mum’s birthday today and, before she and my dad pop over to celebrate, I took a few minutes to capture what’s growing in our garden on this special day. That I notice and appreciate flowers and plants so much certainly stems from my childhood: my mum would always be growing something pretty inContinue reading “Mum’s birthday flowers”

Geranium heaven at Clover Cottage

I visited Clover Cottage in West Wickham last weekend within the National Garden Scheme’s summer offering. Shirley Shadford has built the most gorgeous front and back gardens from scratch, having lived in the cottage with her husband for the best part of two decades. Shirley kindly showed my mum and I around the gardens andContinue reading “Geranium heaven at Clover Cottage”

New curiosities

My day job is a little intense at the moment, and I’ve consequently spent less time in the garden with shorter lunch breaks, so this weekend I was glad to take a moment to notice what’s changed. The gaps in our beds are lessening week by week, as plants fill out and more flowers thanContinue reading “New curiosities”

Rainy day magic

Having bent towards the beating sun in recent weeks, I can almost hear the plants breathing a sigh of relief as they soak up significant rainfall today. Several of our roses have flopped to the ground, their petals scattered all over the surrounding earth, but it’s nothing a little sunlight or staking won’t remedy. WishingContinue reading “Rainy day magic”

A rainy afternoon wander around Great Thurlow Hall

I visited Great Thurlow Hall in Suffolk this weekend, and took a few quick phone snaps of things which stood out as especially beautiful and fascinating… Beyond this, the abundance of cow parsley and established trees in the arboretum – which follows the line of the river – guarantee a peaceful and inspirational visit, noContinue reading “A rainy afternoon wander around Great Thurlow Hall”

Bringing the outside in: botanical artwork by Clare Halifax

Meet Clare Halifax – a London-based botanical artist who recently exhibited with Cambridge Contemporary Art. I spotted  Clare’s work and was instantly intrigued to learn about her influences and upcoming projects Stylistically my work is considered illustrative, incorporating intense detail of drawing.Often the word ‘intricate’ is used to describe the end result of the subject depicted andContinue reading “Bringing the outside in: botanical artwork by Clare Halifax”

Hazy mid-May update

It’s been pretty rainy here in Cambridge this fortnight, and the gardens have loved it! Looking around each day it is as though the plants have grown substantially overnight. I wandered around the garden during a break in the rainfall earlier and took some slightly hazy photographs of things which have changed this week… I’mContinue reading “Hazy mid-May update”

Scent from Nature – a rosy exhibition preview

This spring, our wonderful local Fitzwilliam Museum is presenting an exhibition with a focus firmly on flowers. Titled Scent from Nature: Beauty’s Botanical Origins, the show is an exploration of plants utilised by the beauty and fragrance industry, showcasing the Museum’s dazzling collection of botanical watercolours, alongside ancient and more recent perfume vessels. ​Having beenContinue reading “Scent from Nature – a rosy exhibition preview”