Fairy tale houses for Chelsea in Bloom working with Marian Boswall

Working with Marian Boswall at Chelsea in Bloom, for Hamptons International.  The theme was fairy tales and we chose Sleeping beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Hansel and Gretel.   They are the happy product of spending quite a few holidays in the Balkans, the last year at Dixter drawing my heart out, a passion for old children's picture book illustrations and working in a wonderful theatre where telling a story and creating atmosphere with shapes and colour is the beating heart of the dye room.

 

The Bay Laurel and the Pear Tree

The ancient wild pear tree that grew out of the yew hedge in front of the house was blown over in December.  I'll miss its frilly leaves and giant bunch of branches.  This year, the empty space waits patiently for it's new beginning.  Already so much has changed since I started visiting Dixter, reminding me that nature cannot be held still and a garden waits for no man. 

Bay laurel and Conifer