I am writing this mid powercut at the cottage in a séance-like ring of flames, holding a Victorian pewter candle-holder in one hand and trying to type with the other. At first, I was mildly excited to arrive home - red and certainly ruffled - to an unresponsive house, mildly exhilarated, even, to feel so cut off in the wild evening storm. After a bit of non-committal poking at the fuse box in the dark and spidery shed, I was getting ready to relive my days of 'making do' in the African bush and cut some kindling, light the odd hurricane lamp and soak in the starry night. Except that it isn't particularly starry and we are also helpfully out of oil and wood and instead I am having to make do with a load of old scented candles which are just giving me a headache. I don't seem to do early nights these days and anyway, the window in the back bedroom is clattering against its frame and the bath is full of leaves and anxious moths and I am actually just feel a little bit spooked.
And so I'm blogging. Hello.
Last week the studio was at max capacity with flowers; overflowing with blowsy bounty - apple blossom and columbine and lilac and the most sculptural 1.5 metre magnolia branches that really rather blew my mind.
April was definitely the month of the tulip. Tulip fever overcame me on several occasions; I apologise to our Instagram friends who had to cope through all the slutty tulip posts.
On Thursday we flowered a drinks reception and evening lecture by BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz at the Royal Institute of British Architects in a cavernous, beautiful but austere room that swallowed our majestic, branchy urn arrangements and fat 'La Belle Epoque' tulips exceedingly gratefully and somewhat greedily.
We cruised down the M40 in the van at witching hour, exhausted, eating Fruitella, listening to some strange electro-punk-rock (is that what the kids listen to these days?) and it was jolly nice.
This week we are excited to announce that our new (and improved) website is up and running and our online shop is now open for business. Do take a look around; we’d love to know what you think.
Jesse’s beautiful new range of botanical pen and ink and gouache greetings cards are available singly or in packs and have no message so are suitable for any occasion.
And from this week, I am finally delivering flowers.
If you would like flowers for the weekend – in time for your weekend dinner party, as a gift, or just to brighten and perk up your home – I will be delivering on Friday and Saturday afternoons between 12pm and 6pm and orders can be placed via our webshop thoughout the week up to midday on the day of delivery. Each week’s arrangement will be made up of delicious, unusual and seasonal ingredients and photographed on a Thursday for the website so that you can see exactly what it is that we have in the studio. All arrangements will come in a glass jar, wrapped with beautiful tissue and coloured velvet ribbon.