Anemones have been popping up in the cutting since before Christmas, just one or two at a time & now more prolifically. I adore their frilly green collars that tightly hug the early buds & then the gap between the frills & the bloom increase as they continue to grow & the flower opens. Thankfully they have survived the succession of recent storms.
Happy international love day. #britishflowers #seasonalflowers #nofloralfoam #flowersoftheday #floralart
Beautiful banks of fragrant, wild double snowdrops (Flore Pleno’) around the walled garden in the late afternoon sunshine.
Lovely to have blue skies & sunshine in the cutting garden, but oh boy, as much as I adore the sound, feel & thrill of strong winds, Ciara you’ve been exhausting 😳 Low growing winter blooms like snowdrops, violets, primroses & hellebores are thankfully, as yet, unaware of the relentless gusts, but I gather we’re potentially due to welcome yet another storm, ‘Dennis’, this coming weekend 😣. Having had the polytunnel doors blown off three times they will, for now, remain off.
February bees. Bumbles on heather, honeys on anemones.
Today’s vibes. Weeding, sowing, sitting, staring, dreaming.
With crumbling walls and wood the snowdrops have a partial cloak of invisibility. Happy February everyone it’s the month when we’re supposed to start to feel winter is losing its grip and days get longer, but to be honest I’m not sure winter has had such a tight grip here in Suffolk perhaps more a soft polite hand shake. February is also snowdrop month, they are at their peak in Feb. Snowdrops symbolise ‘hope’ for forthcoming spring and today I’ve actually spotted the first tight, white, glinting buds of blackthorn (prunus spinus or sloe) blossom in the hedgerows so around we go again. #mothernature
Double Ellen Picotee. #helleboreappreciationsociety
The last day of January 😳 and although we’re not open for flower selling to our lovely retail locavores until late March it’s satisfying to have blooms for us to enjoy as we prep the walled garden for the main season. January means floral perfume and foliage month to us, along with clearing up outbuildings and sowing antirrhinums. #hellebores#primroses#heather#winterfloweringjasmine#witchhazel#viburnum
Witch hazel, such an unassuming beauty. It symbolises ‘a spell’ in floriography (obvs) & is known for its medicinal uses. In the garden today it’s in full bloom competing with sarcococca and snowdrops for attention. #hamamelis
January perfume bar in the winter sunshine. Fragrance notes from our winter garden, left to right: essence of satsuma peel (witch hazel) spiced honey (viburnum) sweet & green (violets) honey & vanilla (sarcococca). Winter scented blooms in the garden are magical & bringing them indoors in arrangements is a must. My personal favourite is sarcococca whose scent will fill a large room for at least four days when picked, so much better than ‘plug ins’ 😳. #flowersoftheday
I am a sucker for anything droopy in the botanical world so catkin time of year is just perfect. The evergreen ’Silk Tassel Bush’ or Garrya Elliptica is in its prime at the moment and its cascading catkins are stunning. Beautiful in a garden and perfect in a vase although like all catkins they do release pollen so do protect your grandma’s precious sideboard. They look great draped on a vertical surface from the vase. Most of the year the catkins remain on the plant like stiff phalanges and then come January and February they stretch and fall into the most wonderful long, soft tassels worthy of any haberdasher’s shop with exquisite detail in each section of the flower, like a pink and green clown’s hat with crazy hair underneath.
Everything looks so lovely in the frost, perhaps with the exception of hellebores that weep sadly to the ground until they’re warm enough to pop back up again to their usual vigour. Last night was the coldest night yet this winter at a chilly -5c but I know the soil will love it.
So good to have the cold weather and frosts back, it feels so right and so wholesome. In celebration, I’ve picked these beauties to float in a dish for the office today. Other wonderful seasonal ‘happenings’ in the flower garden at the mo: snowdrop buds, exquisite scent of sarcococca in the air, primroses, anemones, witch hazel, viburnum, heather, winter flowering jasmine and catkins. A joy to be in the fresh air with hands in the soil albeit with multiple layers on and walking like John Wayne 😳
Just about out of my cheesy, boozy fog and it’s been a slow recovery this year 🤷🏼♀️😳 I loved every minute of the holidays and 2020 I’m ready for you. A full long day grafting in the garden today and it felt a little like spring out there kicking off our decade of running this artisan business and in a new decade too. I hope you’ve all recovered from the party season.