Guest Writer: Bernard Bruty, Inspired by Flowers.

Posted on 22/06/2019 By

This week we are delighted to welcome back our visiting contributor Bernard Bruty. Remember “Ernie’s War“? Here he tells you about his mother’s passion.

Inspired by Flowers

This can mean so much in many ways. My mother Doris was no exception…

Head and shoulders photo of Bernard's mother, Doris Bruty.

Doris, 1948.

When did this happen? Maybe from tender years, a photo showing her standing in the family garden a daisy chain of flowers round her neck and surrounded by a circle of them on the lawn. When at last she had her own family garden, it was much clearer the opportunity to put her personal touch to this over time.

Picture of Doris, as a young child, playing outside in a garden.

Doris at previous family home.

I was too young to appreciate this, but the garden as I grew up was always well planted with a variety of bedding plants with well stocked rose bushes, on both its sides. The house had a constant supply of various coloured roses, her favourite and placed in vases. Replaced in winter months with plastic flowers carefully arranged as if they were real.

My mums’ interest in gardening was also shared with my grandmother along with embroidery, during their lives expressing this in their own ways with flowers. So why embroidery? Maybe a chance to sit down and relax, new hobby or peace of mind, sense of achievement. Whatever the reason, passion was no doubt the driving force in my mums’ workings from her detailed knowledge of plants and produced many embroidery items for the house from the early 50s through the 60s. Cushions, head rests and table cloths. Many used and hardly ever hidden away some reflecting this.

A preserved copy from “Woman’s Own” magazine that my mother kept, shows an offer ‘Roses Everywhere’, a design for a ‘afternoon tea cloth’, a different world then with marketing images to go with it. Design and kit posted to her.

Her inspiration even went as far as painting corner curtain pelmets with flowers when at the old family home.

Table Cloth.

Article in the Woman's Own magazine.


Embroidery pattern for flowers.

Finished embroidery still on the rack.

Embroidered flowers.

The Cushions.

Embroidered flowers.

Embroidered flowers.

Embroidered flowers in a square pattern.

Embroidered flowers in a square pattern - detail of one of the corners.

Head Rests.

Embroidered flowers on head rest.

Close up of embroidered flowers.

Embroidered flowers on head rest.

Embroidered flowers on head rest.

Embroidered flowers on head rest.

Embroidered flowers on head rest.

Table Cloth.

Embroidered flowers on table cloth.

Embroidered flowers on table cloth.

Corner Pelmets.

Still in use now.

Embroidered flowers on pelmet decoration.

Close-up of embroidered flowers on pelmet decoration.

Mum Doris holding the author (Bernard) when a baby.

Happy days the author and his mum in the garden.

Black and white shot of the garden. Laid mainly to a well-cut lawn, with two deck chairs at the far end. A hedge surrounds the garden.

Colour shot of the garden. Laid mainly to lawn, a path runs down the middle. High flowers, as a hedge, run down both sides. A low hedge, trimmed into a archway over the path, goes across the far end.

This is the only suitable picture I have of the garden which was taken on a cheap camera.

Lighting a Candle for Diddley.

Diddley also shared a great interest in flowers, so what better way to light a candle by ‘Rosa Banksiae’ in my garden. Two woman that were inspired by flowers.

A lit candle against a backdrop of Rosa Banksiae.

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