Tuesday, 7 February 2012


Yes, she's no more now than a drop of snow
on a green stem- her name is now her calling.
Her mind is just a frozen melting glow
of water swollen to the point of falling,
which maybe has no meaning.  There's no telling.
But what a beauty, what a mighty power
of patience kept intact is now in flower.

A verse of Snowdrop by the mighty Alice Oswald.  And these little prophets telling me their spring secrets in a woodland glade at Cammo.  If you don't know anything about Alice Oswald (and you should, she's brilliant) don't worry, I'll be posting about her very soon.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Bittersweet Pumpkin Persian ORANGE

Antidote to February joylessness: a slow wander with the ever contemplative Mr Jenkins through sandy dunes and rattling grasses. Plenty of sniffs for him, plenty of opportunity to admire the plump, juicy buckthorn berries for me.  Tangerine, tea rose, melon.  A love affair with orange for 2012 is born.  What no one tells you about these little fruits is the smell, like fizzy orange juice that you've left on a hot windowsill for a while.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Frilly yellow knickers

Yes, I've been bad, reeaaally bad, at posting in recent months.  Excuses excuses, life gets in the way, busy busy busy, blah blah blah.  Anyway, I'm back and will do better.  So here's a little something for everyone that loves daffodils (who doesn't?).  Currently sitting in a little retro jug on my table, I must say the smell is quite intoxicating. Instant smile and instant antidote to this leaden, solid January weather.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Chamber of delights (part one)

A little taster of the wedding flowers I put together for the wonderful Emma Walker of craftscotland and her now husband Mick Pritchard.  The mantra we all repeated was 'celebratory and joyful' and Emma's love of colour ran through the bouquets and the reception (more of that to follow).  Thank you Emma for letting me be part of your day and trusting my creative vision.

Fragrant roses from an English country garden

Polka dots and striped haberdashery loveliness

A little buttonhole magic (and a white rose for a Yorkshire born groom)

A little something vintage and blue for the bride

A love poem to start the day

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Mary, Mary, How does your garden grow?

Mary Katrantzou Spring Summer 2012

I do like a flower installation and Mary Katrantzou really wowed me with her carnation catwalk at London fashion week recently.  Her collection was "inspired by nature, but viewed through a hyper-real lense".  This proves that the humble carnation has serious flower power when a creative eye has a hand in it.  Image courtesy of The Guardian

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Yuki Aruga (part two)

Sweet Dreams, 2011

Everlasting; Circular Fragmentation, 2011

Untitled; Circle 1, 2011

Perpetual Bloom, 2011

Well, I told you to expect more from the multi-disciplined artist Yuki Aruga and here it is.  Her beautiful oil paintings are so evocative of the roses in them that I can almost smell the heady scent.  Intoxicating.

Friday, 23 September 2011

A little Friday fancy

A few images that have been inspiring me lately.  It's always nice to start the weekend with visual elevenses.  
I can't credit them because I don't know their origins, very sorry 'bout that.