The general theme for the collections this season is "The Flower Show", and there isn't a dud amongst them.
So without further ado ...
Guerrillagardening.org, and his nocturnal transformation of the abandoned flowerbeds and roundabouts of the particularly grimy and neglected neighbourhood of Elephant and Castle in London. I live in this general area of London, and have seen the wonderful work of Richard and his gang of midnight gardeners. He came along to talk to my WI about the guerrilla gardening movement last summer, and he is a real inspiration.
Anyway, here are the prints from this collection.
"... capturing the spirit of the ethereal lavender field planted by Guerrilla Gardeners on a roundabout on Westminster Bridge Road, London" (Liberty):
|John Larke in A|
This print celebrates Richard and Lyla, his soon-to-be (or perhaps already?) Mrs. The "design inspiration was a 1950s archive print which was then re-worked and hand painted to depict Guerrilla Gardeners bringing plants to an urban landscape, creating areas of beauty amongst the architecture" (Liberty):
|Richard and Lyla in A|
Wouldn't this make a sensational sundress?! I know I said no more fabric this year, but I might not be able to resist this one! This print celebrates International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening day, on 1 May:
|Mayrose in A|
Tresco Abbey Garden (on the Isles of Scilly, off the coast of Cornwall), and its extraordinary diversity of plant life. This is one place I'd love to visit.
Gahhhh! Just love this ditsy floral print:
|Xanthe Sunbeam in (clockwise) D, A, B, C|
I am this point, weak at the knees. I spent a good 10 minutes in Liberty stroking this one:
|June's Meadow in C|
"The treasures in the Abbey Garden are not limited to florals, there is also a collection of mosaics and shipwrecked figure heads, all these inspired this design: an exotic floral conversational with spiky palms, tropical plants, huge succulents mixed with mysterious statues." (Liberty) This is so gorgeous. I want to frame it:
|Archipelago in A|
I think this print would make a gorgeous whole-cloth quilt, or would be a lovely woven tank top - especially colourway A: the colours in this colourway scream summer, but the other variations are equally stunning:
|Beth's Flowers in (clockwise) A, B, C, D|
|Amy Jane in D|
|Fierce in C|
|Matlida Tulip in B|
A geometric watercolour inspired by the paintings of Gustav Klimt:
|Reuben Nouveau in C|
|Aronov in B|
The next two are based on Liberty designs originally created in the 1890s. Simply stunning, I think:
|Hazel in D|
|Jugendstil in D|
And there you have it. Too much loveliness. I haven't loved a whole season's worth of prints so much since SS 2011 (my all time favourite collection).
So what do you think? Tempted? or are they too floral for your tastes?
(I should add that all pictures, unless otherwise stated, are from Liberty, and I've not been sponsored for this post. But, Liberty, feel free to send some loveliness my way if you are so inclined!).