Impulsive behaviour: cotoneaster in an IKEA jug

It is a truth universally acknowledged that it is impossible enter an IKEA store without making an unscheduled purchase. This white enamel jug is a case in point. Now, I have always considered myself hip to the tricks of IKEA, and totally immune to their wily efforts to entice me to buy things I don't…

In a vase on Monday: Fading dahlias on an unpainted shelf

My Café au Lait dahlias were longing to be picked, their oversized heads drooping in the November drizzle. They have been out for over a month now, and still the flowers are firm and fabulous, though just turning the hint of brown at the edges. I could see they were going to be zapped by…