#4 PlantsInterview

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Soft blousy romantic blooms teamed with scrappy, wild foliage and unexpected foraged hedgerow berries and branches with influences from Dutch Master paintings and botanical illustrations... Anna’s Swallows & Damsons-style is breathtakingly beautiful. Her Fine Art training and immense love for plants help her create the most enthralling garden inspired bouquets________.

What plant/flower made you cry?

Anna: “There’s a large overgrown cemetery near where I live, every time I see the wild sweet peas growing around the graves I am brought to tears. There’s something incredibly poetic in free, natural growth amongst death and decay.”

When you think of a bush of plants what do you imagine, see, smell, feel, hear?

Anna: “Giant stretches of Hydrangeas in the North of France, lining the roads in the most beautiful, subtle mottled colours. Like an ombre wave along the coastline. The sound of the ocean and the smell of sweet baked goods from a nearby patisserie.”

Most inspiring piece of plant/flower art that I have seen....

Anna: “The Dutch flowers exhibition at The National Gallery in London. The Rachel Ruysch paintings literally took my breath away. The dramatic lighting and subtleties in tone, the loose and wild composition of the flowers and the wonder in the hidden details of garden creatures and mini beasts gives me fresh inspiration and enthusiasm for what I do.”

Branches, leaves and petals scattered around the table like a work of art

What plant/flower made you cry?

Anna: “There’s a large overgrown cemetery near where I live, every time I see the wild sweet peas growing around the graves I am brought to tears. There’s something incredibly poetic in free, natural growth amongst death and decay.”

When you think of a bush of plants what do you imagine, see, smell, feel, hear?

Anna: “Giant stretches of Hydrangeas in the North of France, lining the roads in the most beautiful, subtle mottled colours. Like an ombre wave along the coastline. The sound of the ocean and the smell of sweet baked goods from a nearby patisserie.”

Most inspiring piece of plant/flower art that I have seen....

Anna: “The Dutch flowers exhibition at The National Gallery in London. The Rachel Ruysch paintings literally took my breath away. The dramatic lighting and subtleties in tone, the loose and wild composition of the flowers and the wonder in the hidden details of garden creatures and mini beasts gives me fresh inspiration and enthusiasm for what I do.”

Blooming plantcast

Hawthorn Blossom
Cherry Blossom
Black Hellebore
La Belle Époque Tulip
Apple blossom
Salmon Trout Narcissus
Ranunculus

‘WE MARRIED IN AUTUMN, MY CHILDREN WERE BORN IN AUTUMN. WHEN EVER THE LEAVES START TO TURN I AM REMINDED OF HAPPY TIMES.’

The most stunning thing you’ve seen with decayed plants?

“I can still recall being stopped in my tracks whilst scrolling through Instagram at a photo of decaying flowers by Lianggono. I am mesmerised by the process and the journey that flowers take from being cut to eventually giving up and drying out. I purposely leave little jars of flower heads and stems dotted around the shop, like a science experiment, watching the transformation.”

Most romantic memory of plants?

Anna: “We married in autumn, my children were born in autumn. Whenever the leaves start to turn I am reminded of these happy times.”

Most memorable fashion show with flowers/plants?

Anna: ”Tim Walker and Nick Knight are my favourite fashion photographers who work magic with flowers. Their shots are totally captivating and I am constantly mind blown by how hey use the flowers and plants to distort reality. There is a childlike quality which I love of curiosity and imagination.”

What kind of plants make your children happy?

Anna: “I have 2 sons, age 5 and 7, naturally they gravitate to anything spiky or dangerous! Thistles, holly, cacti are amongst favourites. They are also intrigued by poisonous plants and flowers and the old fashioned folk tales that are inspired by them.”

What’s your earliest memory of plants?

Anna: “The smell of my nana’s Geraniums in the porch of my childhood home. I used to rub the leaves every time I entered and left the house. I have them now by my back door at our home. It’s one of my favourite scents.”

Without plants and flowers my home feels...

Anna: “Alienated..._______.”

Misty leaves hidden behind steamed glass as if they behold a priceless treasure

The most stunning thing you’ve seen with decayed plants?

“I can still recall being stopped in my tracks whilst scrolling through Instagram at a photo of decaying flowers by Lianggono. I am mesmerised by the process and the journey that flowers take from being cut to eventually giving up and drying out. I purposely leave little jars of flower heads and stems dotted around the shop, like a science experiment, watching the transformation.”

Most romantic memory of plants?

Anna: “We married in autumn, my children were born in autumn. Whenever the leaves start to turn I am reminded of these happy times.”

Most memorable fashion show with flowers/plants?

Anna: ”Tim Walker and Nick Knight are my favourite fashion photographers who work magic with flowers. Their shots are totally captivating and I am constantly mind blown by how hey use the flowers and plants to distort reality. There is a childlike quality which I love of curiosity and imagination.”

What kind of plants make your children happy?

Anna: “I have 2 sons, age 5 and 7, naturally they gravitate to anything spiky or dangerous! Thistles, holly, cacti are amongst favourites. They are also intrigued by poisonous plants and flowers and the old fashioned folk tales that are inspired by them.”

What’s your earliest memory of plants?

Anna: “The smell of my nana’s Geraniums in the porch of my childhood home. I used to rub the leaves every time I entered and left the house. I have them now by my back door at our home. It’s one of my favourite scents.”

Without plants and flowers my home feels...

Anna: “Alienated..._______.”

A selection from Anna Potter’s timeline, @swallowsanddamsons