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Decorations From Nature

December 16, 2016

These gorgeous leaves arrived in the post lovingly made by the artist Susan Deakin. She had carefully and laboriously dried fresh Autumn leaves between newspaper then threaded the stems with black cotton. Here they are attached to the fire surround but I can imagine them draped along the length of the Christmas table.

Cutting back all the plants past their best in the garden I decided to pick the spent flowers of Japanese anemone hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’. I love the pea-sized seed pods that sit at the end of the stems.
It started as a minimalist display and then by chance I gently squeezed a pod and it opened into this…
It’s very mild again in the South West and all the seedlings are thriving in the allotment greenhouse. So larkspur and Ammi majus seeds were sown into trays, this might of course provoke a sudden frost. But it’s snug and warm in the zip-up so further inspired I forked over the two beds either side of the central path and sowed coriander and rocket seeds.
And two trays of ‘Meteor’ peas have been sown in guttering…
and Robinson’s Purple podded peas have been ordered since they did so well last summer…

Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

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