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weekend flower therapy

After a fun but fairly busy week, the weekend has arrived and is looking surprisingly calm.  Nothing urgent on my to-do list, at least nothing that cannot wait until Monday…. Time for a little flower therapy, which this week takes the form of a bouquet from the garden, where the roses have bravely resisted the week’s ridiculous heatwave, and are flowering abundantly. I used one of my very favorite vases, I love the slightly tarnished silver and the size and shape of this antique...

taking photos for the blog

If you’ve read me for any time, you may know that since the blog started 7 years ago, I have always used a point and shoot camera for all my photos.   A point and shoot is lightweight, it slips into my handbag, fully automatic and simply was so easy to use. I started with a Fuji, that I loved but it didn’t take very big pictures, and a few years ago I moved onto a Lumix that I also adored.    I’ve never been really careful with my cameras, and I expect a lot of them.  They...

bringing lilac indoors

There are bouquets of lilac in my house this week!   The temperatures may not be very high but the garden can wait no longer and it is just exploding with colour and the first flowers of the season.   We haven’t had much rain, so the wisteria is hanging around longer than usual and I find myself with simultaneous blooms on wisteria, lilac and even the first peonies.   A very unusual combination. This weekend saw the first big plant fair of the season too, one of my favourites, held in...

paris in bloom by georgianna lane

  If you love flowers and if you love Paris (and frankly I don’t see how that could not be the case) then I have some exciting news for you.    There is a new book published full of the stunning photos by Georgianna Lane, who has spent a  year touring the best spots in Paris for admiring flowers. Be it in the Tuileries gardens, outside the Notre Dame Cathedral or simply on a flower stand in the street, Georgianna’s pictures are stunning and so romantic. She also has tips on...

spring in the garden – a pleasure to share

Spring really is just around the corner now and I am very excited about a special event that I’ll tell you about in just a minute…..   First though I have to say that the snowdrops in my garden are in full bloom, and the daffodils only need a day or two before they open up bright yellow and I can hardly wait to get back out there and start planning and hoping all over again. Don’t you think this early spring in the garden is one of the best moments?!    Full of promise, and...

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