Wecome to my blog – a little peek inside our creative, rural life. Sometimes posts will be about flowers, sometimes things we’ve created or our adventures in the countryside around us.
After months of sheltering inside, wrapped in layers of wool, the garden finally called to me last month and with a few days of glorious sunshine forecast, I dragged myself outside. The cutting garden has been sadly neglected over winter – weeds have popped up everywhere and spent annuals, without enough cold weather to fully kill them, had flopped, no longer flowering and barely clinging to their foliage.Read More
With my two of my siblings getting married over the last two years and one more in the pipeline, we’re getting good at weddings. But still, there’s moments of chaos (despite my brother’s endless Trello lists,) and I was reminded of all the things that I got really stressed out about when planning my wedding. And I was STRESSED. I shouted at my dad about name tags when we were setting up the venue, got two hours sleep the night before and was so exhausted I ended up in hospital with an infected wisdom tooth on the way back from our mini-moon. Not ideal! I've lost count of the number of panicked brides I've reassured and ruffled feathers I've smoothed.Read More
It is my humble opinion that everyone should make room for a herb garden - whether it’s a couple of pots on a windowsill or a full on knot garden. A touch of fresh herbs can elevate a dish or a drink to something really special, and their fragrance and texture do the same to floral arrangements. Of course, there are countless different herbs and varities, but these are my favourite 5…Read More
One of my passions is supporting local businesses, especially local farmers. Recently, I've been seeing lots of florists using stems of unripe blueberries in their design work and I fell in love with the amazing colour variations and beautiful foliage. It reminded me of a blueberry farm I'd heard off, and luckily the timing was right and so off we went!Read More
I'm writing this (slightly late, as ever) looking over a garden filling up with early summer flowers. The lavender is just opening up, the climbing roses are blooming and foxgloves are towering over everything. We had a glorious May and the garden was grateful for a bit of warmth and sunshine after a cold, wet and snowy spring.
Spring is here and we are excited. It's been a long winter, not helped by three dumpings of snow in March, and everything in the garden is behind. Dicentra, that's normally in full bloom by now, is just starting to appear above the soil. The hellebores have only been blooming for a couple of weeks and the daffodils in the shade garden are only just budding up. We are ready for some sunshine and some warmth!Read More
Filler flowers - an essential part of the cutting garden for bouquets and wedding designs, and I'd have countless varieties if I had the space for them! However, I'm working with just a few beds, and have to be very selective about what I grow. I'm growing no more than about 15 different fillers and these 5 are my absolute favourites.Read More
Our hedges, verges and abandoned corners may look bland and green at first sight but look closer and they are filled with treasure. I'm lucky enough to have friends with fields who don't cut their hedges, but if you don't (and you're not using your materials for profit - see note at the end of this post) then head out for a wander along a verge and see what beautiful things you can find. These are my favourite wild things to hunt for when I'm foraging.Read More
December is here and with it, all the magic of the season. I LOVE December, especially since moving to the (very cold) countryside. The mornings are crisp and misty, the woodsmoke curling out of chimneys into the cold air and frost whorls on the tops of the gateposts. Our house is filled with pine trees, candles and decorations and my thoughts are turned to giving and celebratingRead More
My post the other week on focal flowers quite noticeably left out all spring bulbs because I felt they needed a category all of their own. I love bulbs in spring, they're a cheap and cheerful way to add pops of beautiful colour into the cutting garden, and are especially useful to the hobby florist as they enable you to get the specialist varieties without having to purchase 50 stem bunches from the wholesalers. Now it's November it's the perfect time to be planting them as you clear spent annuals and lift dahlias for the winter.Read More
I love teaching workshops, and it's become almost second nature now. It's always wonderful to see people create beautiful things from flowers and over the last few years I've taught countless wreaths and handtied workshops. Recently though, flower crowns have had a real surge of popularity and they were the class of choice for this summer's hen dos. There was a tropical theme with Hawaiian shirts, English country garden flowers in a luxury glamping site* and pinks and yellows in a hidden Devon valley.Read More
When I'm not creating gorgeous wedding designs or growing flowers in the cutting garden, I can usually be found cosied up inside and making things. And ever since Immy was a tiny thing, I've been making things for her. It started with clothes and blankets but when she started to play and explore my pinterest searches turned more to toys and games that were quick and easy to make, ideally from bits and pieces I already had at home.
The first ones were when she was just old enough to hold things and shake them and, inspired by all the fab sensory bottles they had at our local Children's Centre, I decided to make her some of her own.Read More
This week I'm thinking about the focal flowers - after foliage this is the next one to be thinking about for your cutting garden, as this is where you need to decide about the stars of your designs. Some are tubers, some herbacious perennials and some are shrubs, but they all need a fair amount of space (although lots are great for problem areas like against walls or shady spots) so set aside as much as you can for them and get planting!Read More
Last summer John and I were driving home from a walk on Exmoor when my phone rang. I answered, and my baby sister told me that she had got engaged to the loveliest boy. Immy was asleep in the back of the car so I had to silent-scream with excitement at the wonderful news. So this wedding was naturally the most high pressure one yet!Read More
Foliage is a funny old thing. People disregard it as just 'greens', but it's the mainstay of almost all floral design. There's a vast range of different textures and colours available, and it's an easy way to fill spaces in the cutting garden and create permanent structure . These are my 5 favourites, all of which are easy to grow in most of the UK.Read More
Autumn is here and the garden is slowly starting to wind down for the winter. I'm working with a fairly small space in my cutting garden, beds are precious and only the most beautiful and productive plants get a spot. Even so, there's a lot to do and I've been out over the last couple of weeks pottering about; taking cuttings, planting out and clearing spaces for the spring bulb order that's coming soon.
It's got me thinking about my favourite plants, which ones I'll always make space for, so I thought I'd do a 'My Top 5 Plants for the Cutting Garden' blog post. But after about 30 seconds of writing I realised that would just be impossible - there are far too many! But I've managed to narrow down my top 5 in various different categories, and over the next couple of months I'm going to be sharing these with you, and hopefully inspiring you in your garden planning for next year!Read More
With summer well and truly finished, we've hardly been able to walk past a hedgerow without pulling off handfuls of blackberries. everywhere we walk is accompanied by a very purple Imogen shouting 'more bewwies!' and we've started the great cold-season tradition of becoming 85% crumble. And this is totally normal for us, Autumn is prime foraging time where we go hunting for berries and fruit in the hedgerows and fill the freezer, ready for the long winter. But this is the first year we've really done summer foraging, and I'm really quite excited to look back and show you what we found!Read More
We’re in the thick of going-to-weddings season at the moment, three down and one to go! And what is a wedding without confetti? I love it, colourful and fluttery and celebratory. But the paper stuff is a nightmare, staining everything and having to be swept up. I much prefer to make my own from flower petals and larkspur are the absolute easiest to useRead More
Summer is in full swing in the cutting garden and the beds are bursting with colour and beautiful blooms. Roses and clematis are scrambling over the fences, the dahlias are towering over Imogen's head and cerinthe is spilling out of the herb border. We've had a few rainy days that have rotted roses and encouraged slugs which has been frustrating but things are, thankfully, looking up!Read More