‘Spring is coming into leaf
Like something almost being said.’
Philip Larkin, ‘The Trees’.
There’s something so restorative about being amongst nature, especially at this time of year when you can sense the smallest changes all around – buds blossoming from recently bare branches, more and more new shoots emerging tentatively from the earth. And there are few things more healing than a beautiful Victorian glasshouse, its impressive iron curves and elegant panes containing the green tranquility beneath.
I’ve spoken before about my love of the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh; it’s hands down my favourite place in the city and the Victorian glasshouse is a spot that I’m constantly drawn to. When I need to top up my batteries, it’s a haven of greenery: the heady scent of exotic blooms, tropical colours, the hug of humidity makes the fresh Scottish air outside all the sweeter. On this particular visit pictured, monsoon-esque storms had reached Edinburgh with raindrops bouncing from the paths and rivers forming in the gutters. The glasshouse was our refuge.
And because I can never resist accidentally-on-purposely coordinating with my setting, my Boden Lola skirt really came into its own. The playful print is graphic yet pretty, while the colour palette in cool greens and blues makes it perfect for Spring. This and the elegant, ’50s style shape that nips in at the waist and flares out at the calves had me at hello. Plus it has pockets – need I say more? The coordinating cardigan and my mint green coat finished off my mid-century-inspired look and made my protest against the unseasonable weather perfectly clear for all to see.
Do you have a thing for glasshouses too?
Outfit c/o Boden, but all love of glasshouses entirely my own.