Fat-faced Valentine roses.
Current bedtime reading: The Naming of Names by Anna Pavord and The Faber Book of Gardens by Philip Robinson.
Helleborus Orientalis in the workshop being prepped for V-Day bouquets.
New cushions cheering up the cottage in a few favourite Manuel Canovas fabrics.
Friends staying from New York...
I baked my first gluten-free flourless orange and almond cake using a friend's recipe with whipped coconut cream. Which didn't last long.
A birthday trip to Somerset.
Sun-drenched luncheon in the glasshouse at The Ethicurean in the glorious Barley Wood Walled Garden, followed by a visit to Hauser & Wirth gallery in Bruton and tea at The Chapel.
The Hauser & Wirth shop has some excellent cookery and gardening titles; we came away armed with another special recipe book for the collection.
A chandelier in The Ashmolean, Oxford.
The Oxford University Botanic Gardens.
The glasshouses are closed at the moment for renovation but, even in February, surely the dullest of months, the walled gardens are a heavenly retreat carpeted with crocuses, hellebore and snowdrops beneath the magnolia trees displaying fresh, felt-y buds.
Hyacinth, anemone and rosemary arrangement in a Berwick lusterware vase.
Hellebore x sternii, and my favourite new Yves Saint Laurent ranger boots.
The Birmingham Botanic Gardens; shabby and divine.
Scented geraniums in the dying light of a winter's afternoon; the fragrance of lemon, peppermint, rose and chocolate.
The Arid House, Birmingham Botanical Gardens.
The Mediterranean House, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, in pale, rosy dusk-light.
Looking forward to Spring.