In these dark days of January we all need a bit of colour to lift our spirits. Last weekend I set out to transform the front of my house with a bit of instant gardening. I didn't want primulas with their flat flowers and gaudy colours and it seemed that I was too early for narcissi and little daffodils. Eventually I found what I was looking for: miniature cyclamen and a tray of small variegated shrubs.
Cyclamen are not my favourite house plant but outside they bring an elegance and restraint that other bedding plants don't offer. I like the way that the petals bend back I themselves - like a piece of origami. I wrapped the plastic pots in a make-shift hessian planter and put them on the window ledges. Hey presto!
My picture is pen and water colour. I'm liking the splattered look at the moment and it reflects my view of the instant garden through rain patterned windows.