This eccentric parade of some of the more fanciful beasts of the animal kingdom, (the lion, elephant and peacock), was imagined by Susie’s middle daughter. Many a visit to gardens of stately homes introduced her to the beauty of peacocks, and her ‘commission’ appealed to Susie, for bringing this unlikely combination together.
A burst of lilies on the surface of a pond, with a cascade of stems beneath, give this design depth as well as detail. Susie was inspired by the lilies of well stocked formal ponds at National Trust properties, but it was in fact a simple pool in the walled garden of a favourite museum that lead to the original drawings.
The Whitebeam tree is a species Susie returns to again and again, for it’s tangle of branches and the two-tone contrasting leaves. Susie shows off these contrasts by framing the leaves against circles; perhaps the sun or the moon, with the leaves moving from dark to light across the design.
A primrose species with striped petals has the name ‘Zebra Blue’ after a similarly detailed butterfly, found in India. Amongst a sea of more general primroses, these caught Susie’s eye; they look almost coloured in… as if someone has picked up a biro and brought out the pattern on the petals.
The vivid colours and overlapping petals of Camellia blooms, against the sandy soft backdrop of a Cotswold house, has lead to this strong, eye-catching design; a bold floral pattern with a subtle striped background.
Inspiration for this design came from the bursts of wildflowers adorning and bordering the dry-stone walls of a village walk, andis named after a young walking companion who enjoyed spotting the flowers along the way.
This design captures the most familiar and pleasing of natural pattern repeats:- the informal scattering of daisies across a lawn. This is a cheerful and uplifting design and very reminiscent of an English country garden.
Under Hillway Coppice was inspired by a walk on a disused railway line amongst the beautiful hills of West Dorset, where the undulating land seems to layer grasses, branches, brooks and woodland into pattern for itself.