27 June 2011
Britt escapes to the country
Britt Willoughby Dyer, Office Manager and in-house photographer
at Arne Maynard Garden Design, recalls a beautiful early summer day
taking photographs at Woottens Plants near her childhood home of
A few weeks ago my office was transformed from its usual EC1
studio to a wonderful early summer day in the open countryside of
Suffolk - what heaven! Arne asked me to join him at Woottens of
Wenhaston to photograph irises. By mid morning I found myself
standing in endless acres of stunning irises listening to heavenly
bird song - a lovely change from the usual noise pollution of
traffic congestion on Old Street.
I arrived early enough to get cracking on taking a few photos
before Arne arrived - I knew I'd be distracted by his enormous
enthusiasm and excitement as soon as he got
there. Together we walked the fields, drinking in the
colour and scent of every iris, making notes of each of his
favourites. Pictured here are some that we both found rather
beautiful and elegant.
Iris 'Black Swan', Iris 'White City', Iris 'Benton Susan', Iris
'Thornbird', Iris 'Ginger Snap' and Iris 'Spuria Medallion'.
We couldn't bear to go home empty handed and purchased some of
Michael's other treasures at his nursery including scented
pelargoniums - an iconic heady summer
perfume. Michael's own herbaceous garden was
overflowing with warm summer colour and scent inspiring us both to
get home and get planting.
Woottens Plants, Blackheath Road, Wenhaston, Halesworth, Suffolk