Proper planning and preparation… October 29, 2015 09:24

We are in planning mode here at D&F towers. Both personally and professionally. In our respective gardens, lessons have been learned, and we are in the process of moving shrubs and perennials around, experimenting with new combinations and imagining what everything will look like come Spring next year.

Work wise, all thoughts are again focused on 2016. We have a beautiful new print to add to the collection; affectionately called Patsy after a much loved, fun, vibrant Aunt, who we miss dearly.  We are thrilled that our deckchairs and cushions will be stocked at a select number of truly lovely nurseries and venues (more on those later).  And we are working on one or two complementary products to make sure that outdoor living in 2016 is more stylish, more comfortable and more fun than ever!

But before we get too ahead of ourselves, we have a few more weeks of 2015 to enjoy. Here is how we are planning on making the most of the mild weather, gorgeous autumnal days and dark, cosy nights…

  • Park Life: London’s parks come into their own at this time of year. Alongside the big names of London’s most popular and well known parks, we also love the small little spaces you stumble across – such as Wells Park in South London. A real hidden gem and perfect for stomping and strolling.
  • Annual Christmas Dinner with ‘the Girls’: Slight misnomer, as we are all pushing forty, but you could be forgiven for thinking we are 18 when we get together, thanks to the shrieking, boozing, risqué conversation and frankly adolescent behaviour. This year, I’m hosting and I can’t wait. As all our friends & family come into the house ‘round the back’, I’ll be lighting up the garden path with candles in jam jars, and using our beautiful hurricane vases to full effect.
  • Christmas Prep: I think I love the build up to Christmas as much, if not more, than the big day itself. Dad’s hedgerow port and mixed berry wine is gurgling and bubbling away, I’m on the case with the chutneys, thanks to the prolonged harvest we’ve had this year, and a string of local Christmas fayres are starting to pop up.  A favourite is the annual Christmas Fayre at Alexandra Nurseries – gorgeous, unusual gifts from this lovely local garden nursery.