Sunday, 23 February 2014



The weekend at last, and I do hope this post finds you all well?

It has been a busy and fun filled week for me….we had my lovely cousin Jeanna and her husband from Sweden, along with their three gorgeous children staying last weekend which was great fun.….a lot of rushing around this week with a trip up to London, work on a new design project, writing a new post for the 'Sarah Raven' website's blog 'Garlic and Sapphire' which you can find here, along with a lovely reunion with a couple of dear girlfriends who I used to share a flat in London with 'back in the day'….phew!

In contrast, it is a quieter and less busy weekend.  We woke to glorious sunshine here in Kent yesterday…almost a shock to the system!  How lovely it was to take the dogs out for their morning walk along the lane, without battling the wind and the rain, and I even had to wear my sunglasses!  The mild temperatures even lured me in to the garden for a few hours, and I was delighted to find bulbs popping up everywhere…..a sign of hope for Spring's arrival, and a reward for all the backbreaking bulb planting last Autumn!

Another surprise discovery were our Hellibores, which I had completely forgotten about, having moved them last year to a new 'woodland' corner of the garden that we have created.  

'Helliborus'…..of which there are approximately 20 known species are perennial flowering plants from the family 'Ranunculaceae'.  A welcome addition to the winter and early Spring garden, they are best grown at a height, perhaps on a raised bed or rockery, so that their beautiful 'faces' can be seen.  As you can see, they are all sadly facing downwards, so perhaps we shall consider moving them again to a raised position in the Autumn?

I therefore could not resist picking a few heads to enjoy indoors, floating in water……their stunning centres to enjoy.

Do you grow Hellibores in your garden?    

I believe these are 'Helleborus Orientalis' and 'Helleborus x hybridus' … … are there any particular species/colours you would recommend?


Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Sophia xx


  1. Oh my goodness Sophia, I had no idea you were writing for Sarah Raven. I am impressed. Lovely to see the sun this weekend, long overdue, but rather grey again today here in Somerset. I have lots of hellebores of varying colours in my garden, along with the snowdrops they add a hint of Spring and things to come.

    1. Thank you so much Alison….I have always found Sarah Raven's cooking and gardening 'empire' so inspiring, so was delighted when I was asked to write regularly for the website's blog! Yes, a bit dull again here in Kent today too….thought yesterday's weather was a bit good to be true!
      Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

      Sophia x