Flowers

Will Brexit make Valentine’s Day flowers less expensive?

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Will Brexit make Valentine’s Day less expensive?

‘Flowers’, 1942, by Ivon Hitchens

Whooshing seedlings and squabbling stems: Ivon Hitchens at Pallant House reviewed

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Set down the secateurs, silence the strimmers. Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow. Ivon Hitchens was a…

No pigs in sight: Anne Hathaway’s Cottage

The charm – and artifice – of the English cottage garden

20 July 2019 9:00 am

The confusion is understandable. You arrive at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon, keen to experience the quintessential cottage garden —…

‘Lovely’ is the word that best sums up the National Garden Scheme

Why the National Garden Scheme beats the Chelsea Flower Show hands down

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Isabel Hardman on the joys of nosying around other people’s flower beds

Dear Mary: How can I pin down flakey party-goers?

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Q. My 50th birthday is looming and I am hosting a small dinner in a restaurant. This has proved challenging…

Party time... blossoms at Himeji Castle in Japan

Let’s cherish the cherry blossom: its fleeting beauty is like life itself

25 March 2017 9:00 am

In what I like to think of as The Spectator’s back garden — most people call it St James’s Park…

‘Sausage Shop’, 1951, by Stanley Spencer

In our fondness for his roses we have cut off Stanley Spencer’s thorns

2 July 2016 9:00 am

In our fondness for his roses we have cut off Stanley Spencer’s thorns. It’s time to see beyond the wisteria blossom, says Laura Freeman

How a Liberal MP's inability to draw led him to invent photography

30 April 2016 9:00 am

William Henry Fox Talbot had many accomplishments. He was Liberal MP for Chippenham; at Cambridge he won a prize for…

Winner: ‘Self-Portrait’, 2013, by Thomas Newbolt

The problem with self-portraits: Ruth Borchard competition and Stranger reviewed

24 August 2013 9:00 am

My wife says you can always tell a self-portrait by the quality of its self-regard. There’s something about the eyes…

The meanest flowers that blow

19 November 2011 10:00 am

Sarah Raven comes of a botanising family. Her father John, a Cambridge classics don, travelled all over the British Isles…

Flower power

25 November 2009 12:00 am

Mrs Delaney (1700-88) is an inspiring example for old age; also a reproach to those who think ‘upper class’ a term of abuse and that women have only recently had a life.