Category Archives: Recipes

An Easter Nest

I love nests I am the nesting type. Around this time of year I can usually be found fashioning things to hold eggs…chocolate or otherwise. I recently spied this lovely thing on the Marfa Stewart website. I had pussy willow (because I always end up buying it at this time of year)…and my old, dried, […]

Something to soothe

  Never parTICularly been one for an ‘erbal infusion’ (unless it’s lemon verbena or peppermint) I’m far more likely to munch leaves or a flower in a salad… or cover it with sugar and put it on a cake…   … but stuff’s wee bit stressy at the moment, and I went out to pick […]

February bells

Muscari (Grape Hyacinth) are out in the shops right now. You should plant bulbs in autumn and LOTS of them…in which case you could do a lot worse than create a river like this one at Keukenhof (oh to see that one day). But for those of us with a little less space, they are […]

A swamp for George

Soleirolia soleirolii – the perfect bathroom plant. I’ve been using these lovely creeping emerald droplet-leaves for years now, both indoors and out. Outside, they do this tight-knit, softening thing – the leaves are slightly tougher and darker, and none the worse for that. I long to take a machete to the cement between my paving […]


This lovely thing is soothing my heartstrings right now. I made it in October last year, having bought rather too many hellebores. I wish I had made more – it’s one of those all-year-round pots to which you do precisely nothing, and it sits around looking gorgeous in spite of that. Bruised, sober, ever so […]

Honeysuckle, but not as you know it

Plant eulogy alert: This is Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter beauty’ (Winter honeysuckle). It’s flowering right now, and has been since the middle of November. Last year it came out at the beginning of January #weirdweather It is quite the most exquisite thing when it’s flowering…these fairy pale cream flowers (usually covered with frost) and the […]

Post-party paperwhites

More bulbs, I know, but hey, this is seasonal stuff…and I’m not going to argue with that. I usually put a load of paperwhites (little daffodils, highly scented and prepared to flower indoors over the winter) into containers in late October for Christmas blooming, but, as with the rest of what I’ve been doing this […]

Take back your mint…

…Take back your pearls…. It just turned chilly enough for me to wish I was on the beach wearing a bikini. …and mint is THE thing to evoke the freshness of summer. Here’s how to have it over the winter. You need: 1 mint plant (do you already have one? You probably think it’s died…It […]

Violet’s Spoon

  I never knew anything called ‘stir-up Sunday’ existed until I saw it on Twitter. Is it an American thing? Why have I missed it? Possibly because my mother (very sensibly) buys her Christmas Cake from a SHOP. Anyhow, I’m a sucker for family stuff like this (well, I’m in the first bloom of motherhood aren’t […]

Cyclamen wedding cake

  All of us…(oh, not you then…?) okay, but MOST of us have one of these thingys lying around…. a wire cake stand, that is… After the initial ‘ooooh, that’s purdy, I’ll so USE that for all the, CUPCAKES I make!’, mine ended up in a cupboard just TAKING UP SPACE. So I thought I’d […]