Everything’s coming up Roses and as the FT remarked recently ‘there’s a veritable seed catalogue’s worth of floral prints from designers this season.’ This is fashion speak, but let’s talk interiors.
The English grow beautiful roses and Bennison print beautiful rose fabric. Launched in 1985, Bennison Fabrics reproduce original 18th and 19th century English and French textiles that were discovered by the late, renowned antique dealer and legendary decorator, Geoffrey Bennison.
Roses was first used by Geoffrey in 1979 and he adapted this design from an English document dating from 1840. Bennison Fabrics continue to print the deliciously faded original colourway but more recently has introduced the not-so-traditional lipstick pink. Whatever the colourway the knack is to be brave with your bunches and not let the ‘c’ word enter your decoration bible – that’s co-ordination to you and me.
Last week’s Chelsea Flower Show was brave and very beautiful, introducing new plants, naming a hosta after Andy Murray and a unveiling the Gucci garden.
In our homes, wardrobes and gardens flowers are blossoming and the rose will always be this country’s favourite.
Now where did that Zebra come from?