Wildflower walks - fabric design inspiration

One of my greatest pleasures is spotting and photographing wildflowers as they emerge each month in the lanes, hedgerows, fields and woods around my home. Plants have always inspired me and I enjoy incorporating them into my fabric collections to bring the joy of nature inside.


On this page I wanted to capture a year of wildflower walks (& other favourite wild plants!) - and share them with you. I hope you enjoy looking back on the annual cycle as much as I did.


APRIL

bluebell wood

a bluebell glade in a wood

ENGLISH BLUEBELLS. Is there anything as joyful as walking through an ancient bluebell wood - the heady scent, the hazy blue carpet and the dappled light?


WILD GRASS. Easily overlooked, I love to spot the numerous delicate grasses that are just beautiful as the sun catches them first thing in the morning. They influenced my first design, Rye Grass, and it remains one of my favourites today. I can still remember taking this photo and feeling a huge sense of calm and joy during a turbulent time.


cowslips

COWSLIP. This year, they seemed to have completely taken hold in the fields around my home - bright bursts of sunny yellow that announced the beginning of spring.

greater stitchwort flowers

GREATER STITCHWORT. This humble plant is capable of lighting up any lane with its abundance of glowing white flowers. So sweet and perfect with its little star shaped form, it had to be captured in a fabric of its own!


CAMPION. My absolute favourite. Pretty red campion seems to pop up suddenly on verges, hedgerows and woodland after the bluebells are past their best. Pure white campion is even more beautiful and apparently produces a lovely scent in the evening. If there was going to be only one wildflower that I captured on a fabric, it had to be campion - delicately swaying in the breeze.


red campion flowers


white campion flowers


FIELD FORGET-ME-NOT. So charming - when you look really close, you realise just how stunning the little flowers are, with their perfect yellow centre!


MAY


wild garlic flowers in spring

WILD GARLIC/RAMSONS

The woodlands and river banks near my home team with wild garlic every year and from time to time I collect some for cooking - making wild garlic soup, pesto and adding to stuffing for a roast chicken. I adore the fresh green leaves and once again the pretty white flowers.


WOODLAND FERN. Ancient, primitive plants lurking in the shade - they always conjure up Jurassic Park for me! Inspired by their unfurling fronds, I created Fern Hearts as part of my Lane Collection.



COMFREY. You may see this along the riverbanks and in ditches, either with a pinky purple or white flower. To some, its a weed, but I love the pretty bell shaped flowers.

cowparsley flower

cowparsely and grasses

COWPARSLEY. Although it's around from April-June, it's frothy appearance along the lanes always suggests the beginning of summer to me. I've played around with using cowparsely in my designs, but given how often this iconic umbellifer has been used in fabric design, I'm still contemplating a fresh interpretation!

COMMON SPOTTED ORCHID. It may be 'common', but it aways feels quite special to spot it glowing amongst all the greenery. It pops up each year in the same woodland clearing near my home.


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