I once visited the famous white garden at Sissinghurst Castle It was planted by Vita Sackville-West with a variety of flowers and foliage using a colour scheme of white, grey and silver. In this garden the shape, size and structure of the plants becomes the focus, rather than their colour. When Lou chose white as this week’s theme for Nature in the Home I was reminded of Sissinghurst. Although my own garden is anything but monochromatic, I managed to find a small selection of white flowers and decided to photograph them in the style of Caroline’s beautiful mood boards. There is something so very lovely about the simplicity of these pale blooms.
Elderflower cordial is one of June’s great joys – a sweet taste of Summer. This weekend I went in search of suitable bushes and returned with a basket of elderflowers, picked from the hedgerow by the stream. The recipe that I use is a simple one- one lemon, one litre of water, one bag of sugar, one teaspoon of citric acid….
Elderflower cordial never lasts long in our house, so I am sure that this will be the first of several batches, not least because I shall be needing some to make another annual favourite- Elderflower Drizzle Cake.
(Makes 1 litre)
25 heads of elderflower
1 kg caster sugar
1 litre boiling water
1 teaspoon citric acid
Put the water and sugar in a preserving pan. Gently heat without boiling to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar has dissolved, bring the syrup briefly to the boil and then remove it from the heat.
Carefully check the elderflower heads and shake out any insects.
Add the lemon zest and juice, the citric acid and the elderflowers to the pan. Stir and leave to steep for 24 hours.
Strain the liquid through a muslin. Use a funnel to pour into sterilised bottles and seal.
Store the cordial in the fridge- it will keep for about a month, although ours never hangs around for that long!
Outside a local vintage shop, I spotted a bucket full of gorgeous hand-tied and sweetly scented posies for just a few pounds. Roses, sweet peas, stocks… they were so pretty that I couldn’t resist buying some as a gift for myself. Every new mama deserves a little treat, doesn’t she?
Joining in with Lou’s Nature in the Home
(Images courtesy of Crafty Magazine)
If you pick up a copy of the latest issue of Crafty Magazine, I’m rather excited to say that you’ll find my appliqué lampshade project featured on page twelve! Needless to say I’m delighted to have a project included in one of my favourite magazines. There are all sorts of lovely things in this issue, but I think my favourite has to be Emily Peacock’s tattoo-inspired camera strap (pictured above). Crafty Issue 4 is available in the shops from 20th June so do take a look!