Flowers and Friends

It’s hard to believe it today, as the rain pours down, but we’ve had some really hot, sunny days over the summer. The weather seems to have suited both flowers and their friends the insects. It’s been heartening to see so many over the past couple of months, both in gardens, and on wild flowers. … Continue reading Flowers and Friends

monday verse: foxgloves

Quite forgotten, in the wood, Pale, crowded steeples rise; All the time that they have stood None has heard their melodies. Deep, deep in wizardry All the foxglove belfries stand. Should they startle over the land, None would know what bells they be. Never any wind can ring them, Nor the great black bees that … Continue reading monday verse: foxgloves

the turning of the season

Summer has made a welcome return over the past few days, after a long spell of very unsettled stormy weather. We still have a lot of flowers blooming in the garden, but there are hints that the season is changing. Some of the plants, like these aquilegia, had their moment earlier in the year, and … Continue reading the turning of the season


I've been back in my workshop for the past few days after a bit of an absence, mostly due to watching the Tour de France on TV I'm afraid. Here's the result - a pair of silver earrings inspired by foxglove flowers. I love the tall, elegant flower spikes of foxgloves, and we get a … Continue reading foxgloves