Styling The Seasons — March

Last month’s styling the seasons post was late. Very late.

So this month I decided to buck the trend and try and organise myself a little better.

Although look — it’s 28th of the month and I’m only just posting once again. Oh.






Although it’s been such a hectic month, I really should cut myself a little slack.

Mother’s day, followed by my big boy’s birthday, followed by my little boys’ birthdays. Topped off with the long bank holiday, staying with family in Yorkshire for Easter this weekend. March is the busiest month of the year for us, by far.

A month of celebrations.

And celebrations aside, it’s a lovely month isn’t it? Full of promise and newness. The fields are full of little hoppity-skippety lambs and the gardens and parks are beginning to rouse themselves, after the long winter sleep.

Talking of which, our own garden is springing to life and full of Hellebores at the moment. So beautiful.

These gorgeous little plants flower in some of the shadiest corners of our garden, like little shining jewels in the darkness.  I’m always so pleased to see them and look forward to their arrival each year, even though their presence is fairly short lived. They seem to disappear in late spring and we don’t see them again until the following winter.

Although, having said that, I got really quite cross with them when we first moved here. I was so delighted with my find, when I first spotted them, and began began to pick little posies to pop in jars and bottles but literally within hours they were dead.

I was totally perplexed and couldn’t work out what I was doing wrong.

Then a kindly, green-fingered, soul told me that you need to sear the stems before you put them in water.  This will ensure that they’ll give a good display and will last a little longer than 60 minutes, once you’ve picked them!

So this month’s Styling The Seasons post is an ode to the humble Hellebore.

It’s a little bit of a cheat as I’ve not really ‘styled’ anything at all — more taken some pictures of the windowsill in our dining room — but I love the form and fragility of these darling little flowers.

And I think the name of the book is very apt.

It sums up our lovely country — particularly in spring.



Styling The Seasons | March

Styling The Seasons | March

Styling The Seasons | March


Styling The Seasons | March


Styling The Seasons | March

Linking up with Katy (Apartment Apothecary) and Charlotte (Lotts and Lots) for #StylingTheSeasons

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.


  1. 30th March 2016 / 6:37 am

    So pretty Caro. Yes, isn’t March wonderful? I always have lots of good memories of March because it is the beginning of getting out and about to do stuff and go places.

    • 30th March 2016 / 4:20 pm

      Yep — I LOVE March! My husband’s birthday always marks the turning point of winter — once that’s out the way I know that spring is just around the corner :)

  2. 30th March 2016 / 8:05 am

    And what a beautiful flower it is! I love the early spring flowers, they’re always a welcome sight after a long dull winter. #homeetc

    • 30th March 2016 / 4:18 pm

      Gorgeous aren’t they — lovely to see their little faces appear in the soil, especially after such a long winter!

  3. 30th March 2016 / 8:44 am

    I love Hellebores too – I’ve never cut any, but to be honest, I’d not have known to sear the stems either! It has seemed a really busy month this one, hasn’t it? I’m well behind on blog stuff and I usually have a queue of scheduled posts!

    • 30th March 2016 / 4:18 pm

      Blimey — I NEVER have any posts scheduled!! I seem to be behind the curve all the time and write and post as I go along!! You’re so organised Katy!! xx

  4. 30th March 2016 / 8:59 am

    Such pretty flowers and I love the colour; thanks for the inspiration!

  5. 30th March 2016 / 11:06 am

    Why are the months flying by so quickly this year? I’m sure I say it all the time but it’s almost April, madness! I love this time of year as it’s when my boyfriend and I pack up for 10 days and head to the Lake District.

    I really adore the pattern on that book cover, it contrasts beautifully with the flower. Great tip by the way!


    • 30th March 2016 / 3:41 pm

      I don’t know — I can’t actually believe it’s going to be April in a couple of days!! CRAZY!

  6. 30th March 2016 / 12:51 pm

    I love how you describe the lambs as being hoppity-skippitey. Just sums them up perfectly. Love it! Also very good tip on how to make flowers last longer. I will be employing that one in future :-) #homeEtc

    • 30th March 2016 / 3:40 pm

      Aah thank you! And I’m not sure if the searing tip works on every flower — just on Hellebores! It might do though — it would be fab if it made them all last longer!! :)

  7. Louisa
    30th March 2016 / 2:12 pm

    I adore hellebores. I had a beautiful one in our old house and will plant some in our new garden once the dog has grown out of it’s unfortunate digging phase. They are such elegant blooms. Great tip about searing the stems to prolong the flower :-)

    • 30th March 2016 / 3:39 pm

      I was SO chuffed when she told me! I was tearing my hair out before, as they literally died within an hour of being picked!!

  8. 30th March 2016 / 3:33 pm

    What a lovely flower. My garden is still flowerless at the moment – we haven’t mastered the art of having flowers when it’s not summer yet. Your March sounds like my April – hectic! 😊 #HomeEtc

    • 30th March 2016 / 3:36 pm

      They’re lovely aren’t they? You should plant some bulbs — I had almost forgotten that I’d done it one year and was SO surprised to see Daffs and Tulips springing up the next spring! xx

  9. Sammy
    30th March 2016 / 3:41 pm

    What a beautiful flower! Our is in need of a lot of work and has no flowers in at all so I may have to plant some of these for next spring! xx

    • 30th March 2016 / 4:29 pm

      YES! You should Sammy — they’re so easy to look after. And bulbs are good to plant too :) Always a surprise when they pop up in the spring!

  10. 30th March 2016 / 5:16 pm

    I love spring so much (the season i was born in – maybe thats a thing?) love having fresh flowers in the home x

    • 4th April 2016 / 11:46 am

      Me too!! I LOVE the spring. I used to think that summer was my favourite season but actually, as I’ve got older, spring is the winner by a mile. All that new life and green everywhere — LOVE it!! :)

  11. Jen @ The Hollyhock Door Blog
    30th March 2016 / 6:12 pm

    What an amazing tip! I remember these lovely flowers from when I was in the UK … and how irritated my mum would get with their drooping! I’m quite jealous looking at these lovely pictures because Spring has most definitely not sprung where I am in Canada — it’s all decidedly brown and grey — but it gives me hope that maybe it’s around the corner for us too!

    • 4th April 2016 / 11:44 am

      YES! I saw another of my mummy bloggers from Canada posting pics of the snow at the weekend!! It’s still well and truly winter over there isn’t it? I’ll send some of our springy warmth your way!! Hope the seasons change for you soon xx

  12. 30th March 2016 / 6:20 pm

    These are really pretty, such a gorgeous pink. I know what you mean about March – such a lovely month but totally so busy for us too! xx

    • 4th April 2016 / 11:07 am

      Gorgeous aren’t they?! And yep — March is so busy it makes my head spin!! Here’s to a (slightly) less hectic April!!

  13. 30th March 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Gorgous Caro I love it such a pretty and delicate looking flower, it gives me hope that spring is on the way although after all that snow we had here yesterday I am feeling a little desperate for sunshine x

    • 4th April 2016 / 11:10 am

      It’s weird isn’t it? Spring is tricking us! One minute I’m convinced we’ve said goodbye to the winter and the next minute it rears it’s head again! x

  14. 30th March 2016 / 11:00 pm

    They’re pretty flowers!! And so you should cut yourself some slack, we all should and as a fellow last-minuter, I know it’s a trait that’s very hard to change!! After all, we probably don’t leave ourselves adequate time to do so… xxx

    • 4th April 2016 / 11:11 am

      We’re so mean to ourselves aren’t we? If I think about how much I’ve got, going on, it’s no wonder everything is so last minute!!! ;) xx

  15. 1st April 2016 / 12:39 pm

    That is so pretty, I have never seen one before, here is for the pretty season xx

    • 4th April 2016 / 11:33 am

      They’re gorgeous aren’t they? Such a pretty thing to spot, to remind us that spring is on the way! :)

  16. 1st April 2016 / 5:28 pm

    I’ll be honest, I’ve never heard of those flowers before! But, they’re the exact colour of our living room and would fit in well. Maybe I should treat the missus… :)

    • 4th April 2016 / 11:34 am

      Aaah they’re such a lovely thing to have in the garden — a gorgeous sign that spring is on the way!! :) I bet your wife would love some in your new garden, once it’s finished!! :)

  17. 3rd April 2016 / 9:34 pm

    Beautiful – love the hellebores against that book. Very classic – thanks for hosting #homeetc

  18. 4th April 2016 / 9:09 pm

    Oh Caro, this is such a beautiful post. I adore those photographs. The colour of the book cover against the flowers is perfect. We moved to our new house back in August and a few months ago I discovered Hellebores in our garden. On a day when everything looked so dull and grey they were a shining light. They are beautiful and even more precious because they flower during the most miserable months of the year. Thanks for hosting #HomeEtc, lovely Caro. Hugs Lucy xxxx

    • 5th April 2016 / 11:24 am

      They’re such a lovely thing to find aren’t they? I was thrilled when I spotted them in our garden for the first time. And, as you say, they give a little bit of hope and colour in the greyest, most miserable times of the year! Hurray for Hellebores!! :)

  19. 5th April 2016 / 8:39 am

    Gorgeous flowers and colours – beautiful photos! Oh I do love spring, always feels so hopeful :) Jess xx

    #HomeEtc (thanks for being a superb co-host) xx

    • 5th April 2016 / 11:33 am

      Agree!! I used to love summer the best but I LOVE spring these days — all that new life! Just lovely! :)

  20. 8th April 2016 / 1:11 am

    Very lovely (and great tip). Do you know who designed the pattern for the book cover? It looks like Enid Marx or one of the designers for the Curwen Press, but I don’t recognise the pattern (and I want to know, as it’s gorgeous!)

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