Interiors special: Roses and wild flowers

ROSES:

Forget those unscented blooms that are flown from the other side of the world. We want home-grown fragrance

✿ Celebrate the beauty of old-fashioned garden-grown roses that actually smell of roses. They’re so beautiful that you’ll have to do little more than pop them in the vase.
✿ Head to David Austin (tel: 01902 376300, davidaustinroses.com) or Peter Beales (tel: 0845 481 0277, classicroses.co.uk) for roses to plant in your garden.

English grown country roses, why buy anything else?

English grown country roses, why buy anything else?

Coral-coloured begonias accentuate the peachy undertone of pale pink garden roses here. If you don’t grow your own, head to Country Roses for English-grown garden roses, tel: 01206 273565, countryroses.co.uk

CUSHION, £39.50, Marks & Spencer

CUSHION, £39.50, Marks & Spencer

TEAPOT, £24, Lavender-Room

TEAPOT, £24, Lavender-Room

MIRROR (108cm x 78cm), £680, House of Hackney

MIRROR (108cm x 78cm), £680, House of Hackney

SIDE PLATE, £8, John Lewis

SIDE PLATE, £8, John Lewis


Cornelia-Print rug, £200, and tablecloth, £45, both Gudrun Sjödén

Cornelia-Print rug, £200, and tablecloth, £45, both Gudrun Sjödén

Gudrun Sjoden

Gudrun Sjoden

The boutique making Covent Garden bloom

Scandinavian designer Gudrun Sjödén has just opened her first store in the UK – it’s a mix of fashion and interiors, all with masses of colour and pattern…and plenty of florals (think Designers Guild meets Anthropologie and you’ll get the idea). Visit the shop at 65-67 Monmouth Street, London WC2, tel: 020 7240 2211, gudrunsjoden.com.






WILD FLOWERS

Uncontrived and informal – a nod to the halcyon days of meadows and hand-picked bunches from the field

✿ We’re not suggesting you raid the hedgerows – you can plant your own wild flowers to provide rich pickings for the vase. Check out Wiggly Wigglers (tel: 01981 500391, wigglywigglers.co.uk) or Sarah Raven (tel: 0845 092 0283, sarahraven.com) for plants that will earn their keep in an arrangement as well as make the bees happy.

Meadow-picked feel

Meadow-picked feel

DR MARTENS, £170, Liberty

DR MARTENS, £170, Liberty

STOVE-TOP KETTLE, £149, Harrods

STOVE-TOP KETTLE, £149, Harrods


The Olympic meadow

A meadow of cornflower, corn marigold, Californian poppy and prairie flowers, blooms around the Olympic Stadium.

A meadow of cornflower, corn marigold, Californian poppy and prairie flowers, blooms around the Olympic Stadium.

SEEDS, £4.45 for 6g, Pictorial Meadows

SEEDS, £4.45 for 6g, Pictorial Meadows


Over ten football pitches’ worth of nectar-rich annual and wild meadow seeds have been sown at the Olympic Park to flower in time for the games. With bees in decline we all need to do our bit.


Try it in your own garden on a smaller scale













 

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