2015 so far

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AESME Blog | william morris and roses

Fat-faced Valentine roses.

AESME Blog | the naming of names anna pavord

Current bedtime reading: The Naming of Names by Anna Pavord and The Faber Book of Gardens by Philip Robinson.

AESME Blog | helleborus orientalis

Helleborus Orientalis in the workshop being prepped for V-Day bouquets.

AESME Blog | manuel canovas soft furnishings

New cushions cheering up the cottage in a few favourite Manuel Canovas fabrics.

AESME Blog | orange and almond cake

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.

AESME Blog | the ethicurean

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.

AESME Blog | great british food

The Hauser & Wirth shop has some excellent cookery and gardening titles; we came away armed with another special recipe book for the collection.

AESME Blog | the ashmolean

A chandelier in The Ashmolean, Oxford.

AESME Blog | oxford botanic gardens

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.

AESME Blog | anemone and hyacinth arrangement

Hyacinth, anemone and rosemary arrangement in a Berwick lusterware vase.

AESME Blog | home

Hellebore x sternii, and my favourite new Yves Saint Laurent ranger boots.

AESME Blog | birmingham botanic garden

The Birmingham Botanic Gardens; shabby and divine.

AESME Blog | birmingham botanic gardens

Scented geraniums in the dying light of a winter's afternoon; the fragrance of lemon, peppermint, rose and chocolate.

AESME Blog | birmingham botanic garden

The Arid House, Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

AESME Blog | birmingham botanic garden

The Mediterranean House, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, in pale, rosy dusk-light.

AESME Blog | birmingham botanic gardens

Looking forward to Spring.