Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday...

There is definitely something medative ( if not a bit obsessive ) about my flower arranging ritual...
Last night I started having an arrange on a plank of wood outside, here in Cornwall, but it wasn't deep enough to get more distance in a shot...
...so I used the chair, which I have done before a couple of times...
...but by which time the light was going meaning the image wasn't sharp enough for my liking ( as was my head to be honest after the first pint of beer in 2 weeks! )...

I decided to leave it until the morning...

There had been a light rain in the night which meant the flowers were all still fresh!
...and then my eye caught the book on the shelf*

...it seemed a bit too bold though and I also wanted to compliment the title so added some of my collected pebbles and shells...
...and stood on tip-toe!


* fyi... You may wonder how I come to be in Cornwall so much and with so many familiar props...the secret is to have a partner you don't live with, who is a writer and who has to have a place to work alone... unless he's looking after The Cheeks!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday...

So basically I should be packing the car now, but I’ve got a bit of a pink thing going on at the moment....don’t ask why; it’s just what I feel more drawn to this week, so I took a tea break to create more pinkness before driving for 7 hours with 2 teenage boys!




At this point of fiddling I made a little loop video on Vine when I add the milk, which you can see here...

Also this week there’s an interview with me on the lovely ‘Tales From the Wild ‘ blog if you fancy a few still life tips as well as more photographs...
Holiday posts probably to follow soon!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday...Garden Round Up

This last week has been so hot here in Brighton, that I’ve barely been out in the garden during the day. It’s South facing so everything gets scorched...even if there are thunder storms at night.
So this army of cans provides not only the garden with water but me with good weight lifting exercise!
I’m going to be away for a week from tomorrow and although there will be someone here to keep an eye on everything, I’m sure things will look different on my return...

So I wanted to do a bit of a garden round up before I leave to do a bit of a compare when I’m back...



I really hope these dahlias will survive the snails...

...and hopefully there’ll be lots more Japanese Anemones in flower too

The bronze fennel I rescued from a crack in the pavement last year is completely fantastic and hasn’t been attacked by greenfly like the other normal fennel...

...but this Cow Parsnip or Hogweed, which came from a seed head from the side of the road is amazing...
I’ve never grown this before, although when I was younger my mother and I nabbed some Giant Hogweed seed heads from the side of the road and she then grew one which was well over 6 ft high! 
It has a very strange smell which seems to constantly attract hover flies, bees and ordinary flies but a sneaky spider has cunningly made a thick web underneath the flowers in this one...
...I also found 2 strawberries this morning!

The Sedum may possibly flower while I’m away, but the flowers will last for ages...
I bought some stems from a florist last year and had them in the house all through October and November. I had kept them in water for such a long time that they'd rooted... so a complete bargain!

These are the Heuchera I re-potted a few weeks ago ( the ones I’d rescued from the tip ) which are recovering really well...
...and my favourite bud of the moment: Chocolate Cosmos
Also when I wrote the post about saving seed heads a couple of weeks ago I had also just scattered some Calendula seeds in this pot to see if they would grow and now I’ve got 3 seedlings ( they’re the ones with lighter green leaves...I don’t know what the other one is yet )

This nasturtium leaf which I’ve had in a jam jar of water for a few weeks has mysteriously rooted!
I really don’t understand how that can happen especially as it has been devastated by black fly, but I’ve potted it up, just to see what happens...
...and I’ll keep you posted of ‘looking about me' while I’m away too!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday...

I needed to revamp the ikebana today, but I have so much orange in the garden at the moment I just wanted to use some subtler colours...

The honeysuckle smells amazing so I thought I’d try to use some...
...as well as a tiny piece of fennel as I didn’t want to pick the large flowers...
and as this evergreen shrub ( I’m not entirely sure what it is ) is flowering too, I thought it would provide some frothy texture...

I started to arrange the honeysuckle...
...but just couldn’t get it to flow
So I took it all out and just used a stem which didn’t have many flowers on...
I then added poppy stems and fennel...
...and had a bit more of a fiddle before I was happy to leave it alone!



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wednesday...with a dahlia

I planted this cactus dahlia tuber last year and for the first time ever I managed to produce a flower. All other attempts have been continually sabotaged by snails...
So this year I feel even more thrilled that it’s produced a flower as it makes me feel that it wasn’t just a fluke...
Here is it’s simple journey from bud to bloom!



I can’t bring myself to pick it even though I know it would look amazing on the table...
so here is an arrangement inspired by its colour and presence in the garden...


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday...

My first thought when I saw all the hollyhock blooms scattering the garden path was disappointment to be honest, as basically I always want them to go on for much longer...
I’ve only got one plant in the garden, so it feels quite precious...
...but actually when I looked at the flowers which had fallen onto the path, I thought they looked really beautiful...
...the rounded ends reminded me of giant pearls...

...I wanted to arrange them similarly to how I’d found them on the path, but also highlight how pretty they were when you look closely ( and put out of your mind what they had been ), so I included some snail eaten leaves as well as an old snail shell...
...and if you look really closely in this picture, next to the left hand, dropped flower...I have discovered a tiny hollyhock seedling too!