Garden blooms

Last night my children went to bed, my husband turned the telly on and I sneaked out. I left our third floor flat apartment, crept down the communal stairs, through the creaky back door with the massive old key, along the grassy shared path and into my garden. Evening gardening to make the most of the midsummer evenings because here, it is still light at ten o'clock. I can't stop gardening. I have a plan and I want to get it done. I have been cutting and digging, building and planning. I yearn to start planting. The plan is to get rid of the overgrown undergrowth. Less giant woody things. To have colour. To have flowers. Flowers to enjoy outside and then flowers to bring inside.

And this is because I just love flowers and plants inside. Growing up, my mum always had a small vase on the table. She still brings me a posy from her garden most weeks. I am a very lucky daughter. So I want to have my own flower source. Don't the colour and the scents bring cheer and life to the inside? We currently have a vase on our dining table. Sometimes we have one in the hall and usually we have one in the kitchen too.

I prefer a natural and wild looking flower arrangement. I prefer local to exotic. I find that works better in my style of interiors.

Some flowers come from the florist, from the supermarket, the woods, the garden. Last week I did a shoot in a beautiful, traditional handmade kitchen. I wanted to emphasise the simplicity of the space, tell a story of the home. The family preparing a meal, the windows overlooking an abundant garden, a few sprigs of elderflower plucked from the garden and put in water. The creamy white blossoms quietly complimenting the kitchen, the branches adding a structure to the blank wall space. So I foraged in the park for these sprigs:


And it's not just flowers. There is a place for some beautiful leaves and foliage too. I plan to plant a smokebush. The rounded, deep red wine leaves make my eyes very happy. The branches pictured are from a very lovely neighbour who let me take a few snips.

And of course, flowers bring a seasonality to the home. Yellow daffs in spring...

Evergreen spruce in December...

Even dead stuff in Autumn...

For displaying, I have a few vases. I like them to be quiet and unassuming. I mostly like clear ones and I love a jam jar. It brings a casual air of simplicity and frugality. Unfussiness.


So that's why I need my garden to be able to keep me in flowers. Any recommendations of your faves are most welcome, Back to the digging I go...

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