It is already 1st October and in-between rain showers, it still feels mild, but it is definitely autumn and there is a list of jobs to be done in the garden.

Of all the seasons, and there is something that I truly love about each:

  • crisp, cold, clear days of winter
  • new, regenerative days of spring
  • warm, longs days of summer

I really do love Autumn, the diffused light, the colour palette of the garden, the starkness of seed heads amongst the still vibrant colours of growth – there is still so much to see and do.

Gravetye Manor Hotel

The RHS (The Royal Horticultural Society) provide a list of tasks to be accomplished in October – a good guide for the novice gardener.

From me, just a quick reminder to ensure that your Botanical Cushions last through the seasons.

  • Remember that the covers can be removed and gently washed in the washing machine – 30 degrees is the best temp
  • Allow the pads to fully dry out, if possible, a few spins in the tumble drier will ensure any moisture is removed
  • Use your cushions indoors during the cooler months
  • Or if storing, ensure the covers and pads are completely dry to prevent any mildew or damage to the fabric and store in dry conditions

A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them. 

Liberty Hyde Bailey

Liberty Hyde Bailey was an American horticulturist and botanist who was cofounder of the American Society for Horticultural Science. 


I am so lucky to be able to do quite a bit of travelling and recently found myself in Hong Kong.

So, with a few hours to spare I headed off to Lantau Island to visit The Big Buddha at Po Lin Monastery – one of the largest seated Buddha statues in the world. Completed in 1993 this bronze statue is 34m high, facing North towards mainland China. Located in Ngong Ping Village access is either by bus from Tung Chung or even more exciting, take the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

Tian Tan (Altar of Heaven) Big Buddha Lantau Island

The cable car ride lasts 25 minutes and can be taken in a standard cabin or for an even better experience, a crystal cabin – glass bottomed giving you magnificent 360 degree views as you soar through the air. You can enjoy great views of Tung Chung Bay, Hong Kong International Airport and distant views of the new Hong Kong-Macau Bridge – 50km bridge with an undersea tunnel section, making this six lane bridge one of the worlds longest.

TOP TIP – Get to the cable car early to be one of the first to arrive at Ngong Ping and enjoy the tranquility of the area before it gets too busy.

As I came out of the Grand Hall of 10,000 Buddhas I noticed a small water feature that had a single lotus flower (Nelumbo nucifera) floating on the surface.

The lotus flower is one of the most ancient and deepest symbols of our planet and important in Buddhist symbolism. The lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. … Untouched by the impurity, lotus symbolizes the purity of heart and mind. The lotus flower represents long life, health, honor and good luck.

The colour of the petals, the way that the sunlight was illuminating the centre of the flower reminded me so much of one of the images used in my range of cushions found here


The last few weeks have been incredibly busy. Lots of media attention and catching a peek of a close up of my cushions.

The main focus has been due to the inclusion of my double sided weather resistant outdoor cushions at RHS Chelsea 2017.

Manoj Malde from Couture Gardens designed a beautiful Silver Gilt winning garden for the Fresh category at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Entitled ‘Beneath a Mexican Sky’ this vibrant, outstanding garden was one of the highlights of the show.

Watch this short video clip from the BBC coverage of the show. Hear Manoj explain his thoughts behind the design.

Beneath a Mexican Sky – video

 

Cushions featured –

gaura

Pink Camellia (back)

Pink Osteospermum

Pink Osteospermum (front)

Orange Aloe ferox

Orange Aloe ferox (front)

Nelumbo

Purple Lotus (back)

On the Sunday before Press Day I was privileged to be able to see this garden. So excited to eventually see this design and drawing become an outstanding show garden. Admitidley I was a little emotional at seeing my cushions adorning the seat on the garden. It is incredibly incredibly exciting every time I catch a close up of my cushions on the television or in newspaper or magazine. Receiving such positive feedback helps in surviving this difficult journey of launching from scratch, a new business.

It has been and will remain an incredible journey but in the words of Norma Desmond…

“Alright Mr Demille, I’m ready for my close up”

Gloria Swanson – Sunset Boulevard


Summer is here - Verbena bonariensis

Busy as the bees

Summer is here

Summer is here and an abundance of activity is happening in our gardens. The opulent colours of spring and summer replace the colours of winter. Bees are busy collecting nectar and pollen, cleverly pollinating our plants.

The biggest sign that Summer is here, is when many garden enthusiasts, garden designers and retailers busy themselves preparing for the season’s biggest gardening event. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show. 

I do not have a trade stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year however, I am excited that my cushions will be featured on the Fresh Garden, Beneath a Mexican Sky designed by Manoj Malde. Good luck to Manoj, fingers crossed for a Gold!!

Press Activity

Summer is here for me when I start seeing my beautiful double sided weather resistant cushions popping up in various magazine articles. The past months have been busy with mentions in many publications:

Surrey Homes – May 2017

Let’s go Outside

Summer is here

Red Poppy, Pink Peony, Green Agave

Garden Answers – Chelsea Special 2017

Get the Chelsea Look

Summer is here

Yellow Helichrysum

Woman&Home – June 2017

Get the look

Summer is here

Pink Camellia

Prima – June 2017

Give your garden Wow

Summer is here

Pink Osteospermum

STOP PRESS!!

Summer is here

Red Poppy

A date for your diary – WEDNESDAY 9th AUGUST 2000hrs ITV

The Love Your Garden team approached me last year for a cushion for a garden transformation. If you watch closely on this episode, you may catch a glimpse of the Red Poppy double sided cushion…

 

“bees do have a smell, you know, and if they don’t they should, for their feet are dusted with spices from a million flowers.” Ray Bradbury.


Pantone release key colour for Spring 2017

 

Pantone has produced their forecast of the trending colours for Spring 2017. Coming just on the heels of New York Fashion week. There are 10 key colours identified.

Key colours to look out for –

Spring 2017

Pink Yarrow        Pantone 17-2034 TCX

Hazelnut              Pantone 14-1315 TCX

Kale                       Pantone 18-01017 TCX

Greenery              Pantone 15-0343 TCX

Pale Dogwood     Pantone 13-1404 TCX

Island Paradise   Pantone 14-4620 TCX

Flame                    Pantone 17-1462.TCX

Lapis Blue            Pantone 19-4045 TCX

Primrose Yellow Pantone 13-0755 TCX

Niagara                 Pantone 17-4123 TCX

These colours will all be appearing next year in both clothing and accessories as either bold statement pieces or accents.

Our bold botanic prints appear on waterproof fabric. Creating luxurious cushions which are robust enough to be weather resistant when used outside. Soft enough to bring indoors and use all year round.

Shop here for Indoor and Outdoor Weather Resistant Cushions, in key colours to help keep you on trend.

” Trends, like horses, are easier to ride in the direction they are going”

 

 


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Outdoor cushions featured in July press

July Summer Press - Wealden Times

Protea and Protea Leaf

July Summer Press - Good Housekeeping

Osteospermum & Paeonia

July Summer Press kicks off start to summer.

It’s a strange old world we live in when time appears to fly through so quickly. Summer magazines have started to appear and the weather has slightly improved. Yet, we have already celebrated Midsummer Day.

I’m counting down to my summer holidays, yet my phone is apparently counting down to Christmas (apparently only 177 days as I write this).

Like most people, I have survived the wet June. Watching Wimbledon now says ‘summer’ and looking forward to lazing and spending time in the garden.

Of course, of all the things to be looking forward to this summer, the release of the new Absolutely Fabulous Movie, is high on my list. Loved this teaser clip and hope that the movie lives up to it.

There is so much going on all around us at the moment, politically and economically it’s good to be able to isolate yourself for a little time. Don’t be afraid to disappear for a moment. Read your favourite magazine, watch a feel good movie, sit amongst the beauty of your garden. Whatever, just enjoy the moment for how ever long you can. We cannot stop time marching on, but we can stop for a moment and enjoy our time.

“deep summer is when laziness finds respectability”


Osteospermum Outdoor Cushion featured in ‘Get the Chelsea Look’ article in June’s Woman&Home

Osteospermum

Get the Chelsea look

Get the Chelsea look

Osteospermum Outdoor Cushion

I guess like a parent, I am unreservedly biased about the beauty of each an every cushion that appear in my ranges. Whether, it’s the Indoor Range or the Outdoor Range they all benefit from the exceptional macro photography of Susie LeBlond.

Therefore, it is really exciting to see your efforts being rewarded and your products being featured in national press.

As a new exhibitor, it was great testament to see Woman&Home choosing to highlight my Osteospermum Outdoor Cushion as one of the trends from this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

“Making choices isn’t always easy – but you always have a choice”


Eryngium Outdoor Cushion

Eryngium Outdoor Cushion

My Eryngium Outdoor Cushion appears in a Gardens Illustrated article ‘Get kitted out with great ideas from the Chelsea Flower Show’ in their May edition.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show

As a new exhibitor at this years RHS Chelsea Flower Show, I was excited to see the Eryngium Outdoor Cushion mentioned in this article. This is just one of many Outdoor Weather Resistant Cushions that I will be exhibiting at the show and I am using this opportunity to launch a specially designed ‘Poppy’ Outdoor Cushion in both standard and supersize.

Inspired by the poppies tribute by designer Phillip Johnson, I felt the ‘Poppy’ aligns with his display of thousands of handmade poppies, which can be seen in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

As a new business to have been successfully chosen, within my first year, to have a stand at this most prestigious  flower show is such an honour. It makes it even more special that my partner Nic Howard, is also at this years show having designed the garden for sculptor David Harber. I’m not saying that we are deep in competition to see which stand gets judged better – we are in completely different categories – but……..

“Competition is a good thing, it forces us to do our best”

 


As gardeners get ready prepping beds and working to get their gardens ready for the summer, I am doing the same at Botanical Cushions.

In the Garden

This month, here are some suggestions on what you should be doing to prep for the Summer:

  • Dig in compost to prepare your beds for the growing season
  • Feed hungry shrubs and roses
  • Attend to your lawn, by sowing new or repairing bare patches
  • Tie in climbing and rambling roses
  • Deadhead any daffodils and tulips, remember to leave the foliage
  • Top up raised beds and containers with compost

Summer prep for Botanical Cushions

Summer jobs for me is about getting ready for the various shows that I will be exhibiting at this year. If you are attending any of these great shows, please pop by and say hello.

This year I have secured stands at:

Weald of Kent Craft and Design Show -Penshurst Place, Tonbridge 30th April-2nd May  Stand J19

Wealden Times Midsummer Fair – Hole Park, Rolvenden 9th-11th June

RHS Chelsea – Royal Hospital Chelsea, London 24th-28th May Stand EA455

GROW London – Hampstead Heath, London 24th-26th June Stand K7

Press Update

I never cease to get excited when a magazine copy drops through my door, highlighting an article that I have been mentioned in. Better still, when you receive a message through social media that someone has spotted your cushions in the press.

Homes&Gardens May 2016

Osteospermum Outdoor Cushion featured

Wealden Times April 2016

Protea and Protea Leaf Outdoor Cushion featured

This month I received my pre copy of Wealden Times highlighting my mention under ‘New this Month’.

After receiving a message via Twitter I ran out to grab the newest copy of Homes & Gardens to see Botanical Cushions mentioned in the article ‘RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, Take-Home Favourites’

 

“without promotion something terrible happens – NOTHING!!!”