culture of flowers

cultivate and get to know the flowering plants you love…

step into the garden

Magenta is a colour much maligned in the garden, but why?

Les Fleures Animée: peach blossom

Blossom as Blossom

With frosty temperatures down to minus four, forecast tonight, I’ll be protecting my container olive tree and dwarf cherries with horticultural fleece. In the picture here, from Les Fleures Animée, 1847, Grandville personifies the peach tree as a shivering young woman espaliered against a wall. She’s dressed for a ball, not for the weather. In…

Chemistry & Light

Pioneering American photographer Imogen Cunningham (1883–1976) is quoted as saying: “The formula for doing a good job in photography is to think like a poet.” Yet in her plant photography, she combined visual poetry with a scientific eye…

Entangled Roots

Unearthed, Photography’s Roots, at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, explores the entangled roots of photography and botany, effectively telling the story of photography through plants.

seed to flower


Cicero, 106-43 BC

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”