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 Southwold.
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 IP19 9HD