Snowdrop Week: Japanese Kokedama

If they didn’t literally smack you full in the face, the sheer ingenuity of the hanging snowdrop decorations at the Chelsea Physic Garden last week would have stopped you in your tracks. One of the garden’s team was inspired to create them for the special snowdrop days following a recent visit to Japan. Here, trees, shrubs […]

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All the Fun of the Fair

For the last three days I have been trawling Europe’s trade fairs searching for the next big thing in the world of Christmas. I hate to disappoint, but there is no such thing as ‘the next big thing’ when it comes to our favourite celebration of the year. It’s traditional, and that’s exactly how it […]

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Wreath 3 Kings

As Christmas approaches, I find myself rapidly running out of time to do all the wholesome, festive projects I promised myself I would tackle. Fairisle baubles remain unknitted and card-making materials fester in the bottom drawer. Anything that can be bought ready-made will be snapped up and, as on other occasions, I may shamefully fail to […]

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Good Enough to Eat

No trip to New York is complete without a browse around one of the world’s most appetising shops, Dean & DeLuca on Broadway.  Here one can find the finest foods from all around the world in dazzling variety.  I dare you not to salivate within seconds of crossing the threshold. This week, mingling with the […]

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Pure and Simple

Arranged in a simple grey marble cube, what could be prettier than this arrangement of lightly perfumed rose buds? Pictured this morning at The Trident, Gurgaon, India.

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A Floral Cure

Apart from having a hectic work week, I’ve also been struggling with blogger’s block. Lots to write about but just not finding the requisite levels of inspiration. Finally the spell has been broken by the talented florists from Hibya Kadan in Japan, who have staged an exquisite exhibit at the Maison et Objet show in […]

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Trevoole, et vous?

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. I love this quote from Henry David Thoreau, American author, poet, philosopher and naturalist.  It sums up entirely my new outlook on leaving our friends’ smallholding after a week’s holiday.  My aim is to hold tightly to this guiding principle over the […]

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Hampton Court 2013: Wild at Heart

Nikki Tibbles, the creative talent behind florist ‘Wild at Heart‘, designed a special bouquet for this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show. It combined Peony ‘Coral Charm’, sweet peas, peach and yellow roses, Asclepia, Alchemilla and Rudbeckia. Despite the heat, Wild at Heart’s display looked fresh and sophisticated ….. and that included the chilled-out staff manning […]

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