Category Archives: Cornwall

Thursday…with The National Dahlia Collection

August 17, 2017

Filed Under : Arrangements - colour - Cornwall - Gardens - Summer

It’s been a few years since I first discovered the National Dahlia Collection and wrote about it here and then shared more pictures another year here but basically each time I visit 3 things always happen; I can’t stop taking photos, I can’t stop collecting compost heap dahlias, and I can’t stop smiling.It’s a very unassuming ‘National’ place; a field down a twisty lane near Penzance, a stone’s throw from St Michael’s Mount, mostly unattended and heaving with different varieties of dahlia.

I’m often asked what is my favourite flower and usually I’m reticent to give an answer as I like to remain flexible with the seasons and my own personal gardening triumphs or disasters, but between August and October I think I have to come clean and say that it’s got to be the dahlia. It’s a flower I’m not confident growing in my own garden and this year has marked the first successful, un-snail bitten flower which I’ve ever managed to grow in the ground…and which I bought last year from The National Dahlia Collection!

I’ve now got 3 others which I’ll plant this year and wait patiently for next, as yesterday I visited again and for a second time took my friend Emma ( @sewrecycled )…there’s nothing like sharing the joy of a field of brightly coloured flowers…on the morning we left Cornwall, giving our compost head dahlias the best chance of survival.

So there follows images of the field, the greenhouse nursery, and the resulting flower arrangements back in Brighton after the 7 hour drive home! I’d dampened the inside of a bin liner and put all the dahlias in before driving home, and they were almost the first thing I got sorted when we arrived in Brighton ( giving Cheeks lots of hugs and attention was the first thing!! ) It was getting dark and I was knackered by the time I’d tidied them up and sorted them into 11 vases, so waited until today to fully appreciate them…

You can find out more about The National Dahlia Collection here and you can flip through the Steller Story version here which has a few extra videos.

Wednesday…with a Weekend Workshop

March 22, 2017

Filed Under : Arrangements - colour - Cornwall - Spring - texture - trips - workshops

This weekend I hosted a bespoke workshop in Cornwall and made sure I packed in as much creative inspiration into 2 days as I could.

I wanted to highlight how lots of different elements influence my table compositions; texture, colour, atmosphere and weather, as well as sharing some of my favourite places in the South of Cornwall.

We took in texture in Newlyn,  Mousehole and Tremenheere, colours in Penzance and nearby daffodil fields, and atmosphere in a local pub and The Leach Pottery and also managed to find time to create some compositions.

Below is a visual journey of our weekend…
Please e-mail me at 5ftinf@gmail.com if you are interested in a bespoke, private workshop.

You can see the Steller Stories album of this post here

Weekly Snaps…( with uploading hitch )

May 31, 2016

Filed Under : Arrangements - Art - Brighton - colour - Cornwall - cycling - My Home - Open House - Spring - Summer - Weekly Snaps

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I tried so hard to get these ‘Weekly Snaps’ up here on Sunday evening at the same time as my Steller Story, but for some reason my blog is proving a bit of a nightmare re uploading images at the moment, so these images have taken about 2 days to upload after re loading and re loading as they just keep freezing mid import…maybe it’s because I’m away from home or something, but here they are now!

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Work featured from a Brighton Open House in Stanley Rd from www.lostandfoundry.co.uk and www.belladoesbrighton.com

 

Sunday…with Weekly Snaps

August 23, 2015

Filed Under : Art - Cornwall - short poem films - Summer - Weekly Snaps

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image imageThese images are basically a peep into life ‘around’ the table; things I see and how they might influence what I do and I try to make one of these stories each Sunday on Steller…you can see the Steller version here and the ‘Rescuing Dahlias’ Steller story here

 

Sunday…with Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens

August 16, 2015

Filed Under : Cornwall - Summer - trips

imageI’ve been to Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens before, but last time James Turrell’s Skyspace room   and the camera obscura were closed…today they were open and were an amazing experience and treat which we shared with Emma( @ sewrecycled ) and her boys…image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image The camera obscura was at the end of a little path and was a completely unexpected, amazing wonder!!

The images it produced in the cabin were brilliant…image image image image image image image image image the garden has lots of different sculpture dotted around the gardens…image image image image as well as beautiful trees, tranquil woodland paths and really inspired planting…imageThe cafe has incredible food as well, and the plant nursery is really reasonably priced…Tremenheere is definitely worth a visit if you’re in Cornwall over the Summer…or even out of season!

You can see my Steller Story version ( with a mini film ) here