A Gem in Hampshire: Catkin & Pussywillow

Wednesday, 22 January 2014
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It's ironic that I'm enamored with flowers now. Blame it on Instagram. Photos of flowers are in abundance (FYIyou can get A LOT of likes).  Friends consider it a miracle that my second orchid plant is still alive after 2 months. I call it divine intervention. I'm rather proud that I can tell peonies from carnations these days.

I must've walked past Catkin & Pussywillow many times and Instagrammed the flowers to death but this was the first time I had a chance to take a look inside the store. It's tucked away on a street next to the train station in Winchester. It's like walking into a perfumery and treasure trove because the welcoming floral scent hits you as you enter the store. I was rather taken by the handmade candles from St Eval, a small artisan company based in Cornwall. Scented candles for less than £10? Bargain. And then there are these antique toys, Indie magazines and books (including Kinfolk) and chocolate bars peeking out from every corner.

Normally when I see something I love,  I have to skulk around just to get a few shots in, lest I get booted out of the store. If my oversized camera was any indication of my intent to shoot a few frames........ but a cheerful staff member walked up to me and say, "go ahead. Photograph anything". Ahhh.....music to my ears.


Catkins & Pussywillow
The Railway Station
Station Hill
Winchester SO23 8TJ
Hampshire


14 comments:

  1. I feel very proud of you with your new found knowledge considering what you told me about flowers for your wedding! :P And gorgeous pics as usual!

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    1. It took 10 years for me to progress from roses to wow, there are FLOWERS of every kind :P

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  2. I adore flowers this time of year hyacinths being one of my favourites. I have thought about in the past training as a florist just to have a shop like that in my dream world, looks gorgeous.

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    1. Oh wow. You were trained as a florist? I've only just realized how difficult it is to make flower arrangements look good.

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  3. Beautiful photos of beautiful flowers! I love cute shops like these, you don't come across them often but when you do, it's the best! :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

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  4. I grew (note past tense) herbs like basil, coriander etc since I enjoy freshly plucked herbs for my cooking. Alas, most of the herbs die on me after a few months so I console myself that it is challenging for some herbs to thrive in tropical climate.
    Until a friend told me that her mother easily grew Chinese Parsley just by putting them in a mug with water!

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    1. This sounds awful but I feel good hearing that I'm not the only person with two semi black thumbs. Huh! I didn't know it's that easy to grow chinese parsley.

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  5. I casually threw some sprigs of Chinese parsley into a mug of water, per my friend's mother. The herb died 2 days later. I've made up my mind to steal some water from her place next time, must be some magic water.

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    1. LOL! Reminds me of my friend who'd insisted that an orchid is impossible to kill. She was incredulous to hear that a month later, I did exactly that.

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  6. I love places like this and I have a little gem like this not far from me. Not so many fresh flowers but lots of quirky beautiful house decor items which I'd love to indulge in. I keep telling you - you live in a wonderful part of the country.

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    1. I am very lucky to live here where but these type of stores are getting very rare. I guess they're swallowed by retail giants.

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  7. Whoa. So nice that they were willing to let you take photos. The pictures you took turned out so well and make the shop look awesome. I love all the flowers! So beautiful.

    xx

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  8. Haha, Instagram gave me a newfound love for flowers too. I bought my first bouquet earlier this month and now always make sure I walk on the florist's side of the sidewalk so I can feast my eyes on all the colors.

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