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”

Wildlife and biodiversity at Eddington, northwest Cambridge

Warren Forsyth, Operations Director at Eddington – a new neighbourhood in northwest Cambridge – shares how his team strives for abundant wildlife and biodiversity across the site Nature is at the heart of our strategy.There is one overarching strategy for the entire Eddington site, including any future development, which is to ensure wildlife and biodiversityContinue reading “Wildlife and biodiversity at Eddington, northwest Cambridge”

Pinks, purples and reds

The sunshine has brought quite a few plants out of dormancy lately. I snapped some photos of what’s blooming (or beginning to appear) in my little garden this week: In the next few weeks I look forward to sharing stories about biodiversity at Eddington (NW Cambridge), and an interview with artist Clare Halifax, who recentlyContinue reading “Pinks, purples and reds”

Texture and depth: meet botanical artist Amber Halsall

I’m delighted to present the first story that’s not about my own gardening for Cambridge Flower Journal. Meet Amber Halsall: a botanical artist who has been running workshops with Kettle’s Yard here in Cambridge lately. Amber shares what led her to focus on drawing plants and flowers; things that inspire her; and what she’s got coming up this year…Continue reading “Texture and depth: meet botanical artist Amber Halsall”

Before the April snow

What a random week, weather-wise: sunshine, heavy cloud, and now snow. That’s Britain, right?! I managed to spend quite a bit of time in our little garden neatening the beds and watering pots before the frost arrived, and during that time I took the photos below. I’m looking forward to the sun returning and watchingContinue reading “Before the April snow”

The first days of spring

There is quite a bit going on out here now, and several times this week I’ve heard an exceptionally loud, huge bumblebee zooming around the garden. In the coming weeks I’ll definitely take photos of the other bulbs popping up around the place. It’s a small garden but we’ve crammed quite a lot in asContinue reading “The first days of spring”

Signs of spring

I spent around four hours in the garden this weekend, pulling up weeds and clearing leaf debris to make space for what’s unfurling across my little flower beds… A note on seedlings…Confession: I began talking about spring a little prematurely this year, and followed seed packet guidance that we can begin sowing cosmos, sunflowers etcContinue reading “Signs of spring”