We wanted to know what Hannah's favourite seasonal flowers were...
"For spring, bridal crown, grape hyacinths and tulips.
For summer, dahlias and again, tulips (or anything from my cutting garden like alliums and foxgloves).
For autumn, whatever the garden has left to offer like chrysanthemums and amaryllis.
For Christmas, paper whites.
And for all year round, hydrangeas."
She shared some of her cherished tips for bringing flora and fauna to everyday life.
"A garden table can be elevated with a basket of flowers in the centre. Flowers in the bathroom is such a luxury so I choose geraniums with their rich leaves and love for warmth and moisture. Tulips are divine in a bathroom too but generally I think they work better downstairs. Flowers as a centrepiece on an indoor dining table is something we all know, but I like to change the way I do it every time we have guests. I don't think a centrepiece has to always be just one big vase. We had friends over at the weekend and I did a long line of vintage glass bottles with five stems of long, tall tulips inside. Another time I did reclaimed terracotta pots with trailing grape hyacinths and moss spilling out. There's so much you can do. Oh, and I love to place nemesia vanilla lady by the back doors so you smell it as soon as you come inside."
Onto flower arranging.
"Firstly, colour. You need to think not just about what colours you like, but ones which your room will like too. Next I think about seasonality, using flowers that are so true to the season you're in. This is a lovely thing to consider with faux flowers too. Greenery is hugely important. I like eucalyptus, euphorbia and artichoke leaves for life-like stems and soft moss in pots for real blooms. Flowers, real or life-like, need foliage. Height. Varying height makes your arrangement feel much more natural; it gives the bunch flow. Finally, what you choose to display your flowers in (or plants for that matter) will completely transform your piece. Voluptuous vases are fantastic but what I adore the most are dramatic urns that I pick up from antiques markets. Our house is filled with them. They're just a little unexpected.
And when you're doing a bouquet, always lay your flowers flat on a surface, but at an angle so they naturally fan out. Never do them straight. Alternatively, hold the bunch in your hand and gradually add to it, piece by piece, feeding the bouquet as you go. Whichever way you feel most comfortable with."
And the future?
"I would love to work with flowers in a more creative way again, I really would. We'll see. For now, knowing that I'm creating a home that's warm from the moment you come in is enough. My children's paintings, crumbling urns of home-grown flowers everywhere, meals cooked with ingredients nurtured in our own soil, they all welcome people in, and that's what I really want."
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