Monthly Archives: July 2015

It is a tradition that’s so quintessentially English. For me it’s a real treat and a must have when away from home. Just the idea of sitting down in beautiful surroundings to take tea, sandwiches, scones and cake, prepared and so tastefully arranged by someone else, is my secret luxury! The idea of Afternoon Tea […]

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Given my background of being a professional gardener and designer for 23 years, visiting gardens as a pastime is not high on my list and the sheer pleasure it once held died long ago. I would more often than not either be disappointed or horrified at the level of horticultural standards or the lack of […]

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To find a florist who can create a garden scene within a bouquet is a rare and wonderful thing. It shows a great deal of artistry and a greater understanding of the flowers used. That is exactly what Caroline Oleron of Cherfold Cottage Flowers does. She creates a wonderful blend of ‘wild’ floristry where the […]

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I do tend to go Allium crazy in June and July in my garden. Purple heads of perfectly round spheres hold the explosions of tiny flowers as if in suspended animation. They stand proudly above the surrounding foliage, shining in the sunlight. My favourite and most prolific is Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’. It has always […]

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Leave any preconceived ideas you may have about English wine outside the door and enter in. Be prepared to be re-educated, or educated, in English Wine. That’s exactly what happened to me when I took a group of friends to an entertaining evening at The Exceptional English Wine Company in Midhurst in West Sussex (www.theexceptionalenglishwineco.com). […]

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