|I have lived in London for over ten years now and have come across many a front garden, from the scruffy and unloved to those with beautiful tiled and box edged paths. This is a completely different type of garden.
This little garden in Penge is a feast for the eyes with its incredible array of exotic and succulent plants.
The owner was kind enough to speak to me about his collection which he has curated from specialist shows and bought from nurseries and online shops.
There are lots of amazing varieties I’ve never seen before, such as this beautiful flowering plant.
This house is in a beautiful area of Penge. It’s a lovely area for a walk to end with a cup of tea and cake at Alexandra Nurseries.
It was inspirational to see someone’s passion for their collection and that they were able to display it so beautifully in a small space.
Have you come across any beautiful, unusual private gardens?
These flannel pyjamas were all but made a year ago, with just buttonholes and the pyjama hems needed. I didn’t feel like getting my sewing machine out for a few months after we moved house, and hadn’t worked out how to do the buttonholes on my new Bernina machine. The buttonholes are actually far easier to do than on my Pfaff Select so once I sat down to finish it was very straightforward and quick.
The fabric is Anna Maria Horner Pretty Potent flannel. We already have some pyjama bottoms in circulation in a different print from this collection, and after a year or so they were in need of replacing. The fabric washes really well and doesn’t bobble too much. I tried to get the placement of the pocket to match the pattern underneath, as well as matching both sides and am pleased with the result.
The pattern is from Sew Adorable which is a beautiful book with traceable full sized patterns for lots of useful and stylish children’s clothes including some dress-up and toys. I like the classic style of the patterns. The sizing only goes up to three so N won’t be getting anything else from this book but there are a few patterns I like for boys in there.
The pyjama top was the most challenging part but the steps were fairly straightforward and well illustrated. Sadly she won’t fit into it after this winter but I might seek out another pyjama pattern for older children or even adults one day to make a family collection!
There are a few glimpses of our new house in the background – its not yet finished after over six months but feels like home now after several months of chaos!
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to put up many of my photos as the walls in this house are concrete. If anything needs hanging up, it necessitates industrial drills, clouds of dust and plaster falling off walls, so it hasn’t seemed worth it to try.I’ve had some success with these adhesive hangers but they aren’t particularly cheap.
Today I decided just to bluetack them all, rather than leave them languishing (some for three years!) in their packets. The area looks so much more inviting!
Some prints are from Etsy, others were picked up at textile fairs or in local shops. The rug is from Graham and Green and is Pure Kashmiri wool. The blanket covering the chair is a small Bangladeshi Kantha, probably made from a remnant of an old Sari.
I do love Ella Doran, and was really excited when I discovered our new home was practically next door. I did enquire into getting one of her amazing custom roller blinds when we were decorating, but it was just a little over budget! So when I saw there was a sample sale going on, I had to pop in and have a look. The roller blinds are heavily discounted, but a ready made roller blind is quite a specific buy and they didn’t have the right size. They did have this lovely one available though, if anyone else is interested!
I did however pick up a pretty melamine tray, which I do actually need as we only have one fairly heavy one which is awkward to clean.
Lovely isn’t it? These trays are usually 20 pounds, but the seconds are discounted to 10. I can’t see any major faults myself. There are trays, coasters, cups and other random things in the discounted sections too.
Some older poster prints are on sale too between 2 and 5 pounds which is truly amazing, so I got a couple of those too.
and then some coasters which were fairly cheap to give as gifts. I am tempted to keep one set, I must admit.