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A WARDROBE TO DI FOR

Don’t give up on hav­ing beau­ti­ful flow­ers just be­cause the weather has turned colder. Here are some options to con­sider

- EMMA JOHN­SON Fashion & Beauty · Netflix · Busta Rhymes · Diana, Princess of Wales · Princess of Wales · London · Miu Miu · Harry Styles · Elizabeth Debicki · Culverden Down · Graham Norton

WE need to talk about Cor­rin. Emma Cor­rin. If that name means noth­ing to you, I can only as­sume your tele­vi­sion is bro­ken.

Be­cause, even if you have some­how man­aged to avoid the pow­er­ful pull of Net­flix (if you have, please tell me how you are fill­ing your days while the pandemic rum­bles on), she has been all over the press of late and on the cover of count­less glossy mag­a­zines.

The rea­son for this near om­nipres­ence? The 24-year-old is star­ring in season four of The Crown, play­ing the young Diana Spencer, later Princess of Wales, aka the most fa­mous woman in the world.

And much like her on-screen al­ter ego, Emma has gone from un­known to in­ter­na­tion­ally fa­mous overnight. But whereas the young Diana was like the prover­bial bunny in the pa­parrazi flash­bulbs, Emma has em­braced her new-found fame as if she were born on a sound­stage.

Like Di be­fore her, she is be­ing feted by the world’s top fash­ion de­sign­ers and quickly mak­ing a name for her­self as a style icon.

That said, it is hard to imag­ine the Peo­ple’s Princess wearing some of the edgier out­fits we have seen on the young star­let from Royal Tun­bridge Wells.

Diana would cer­tainly never have been pho­tographed for a men’s magazine in a mesh slip dress, with just a bit of tape over her nip­ples! Then again, Emma is not at the mercy of royal pro­to­col.

One can only imag­ine what the Queen would have made of the puff-sleeved de­sign the ac­tress wore for her Gra­ham Nor­ton Show de­but.

It was not lost on me that the fab­u­lously over-the-top num­ber was the work of Bri­tish de­signer Richard Quinn. A fit­ting choice, given that Her Majesty sat front row at his 2018 Lon­don Fash­ion Week show. Some­one with less con­fi­dence would have been de­voured by such a dress. Emma wore it like the rest of us wear sweat­pants.

Like­wise the cus­tom­made Miu Miu blue tar­tan tu­nic and match­ing leg­gings that she donned for the vir­tual pre­miere of The Crown.

Given her fond­ness for the avant garde – I was not sur­prised to learn that Emma’s stylist is Harry Lam­bert. He is also be­hind many of Harry Styles’ most iconic out­fits and the singer’s not ex­actly what you would call a con­ser­va­tive dresser.

Emma has al­ready starred in a Miu Miu cam­paign and ex­perts pre­dict she could pocket £5mil­lion from fash­ion and film deals in the next year.

With Aus­tralian ac­tress El­iz­a­beth De­bicki hav­ing been con­firmed to take over as Diana in season five of The Crown, Emma is canny to cap­i­talise on this mo­ment in the spot­light. Es­pe­cially when her spot­light has been largely re­duced to a Zoom win­dow thanks to the coro­n­avirus pandemic.

Yes, this Di has been very well cast.

THERE’S no need to shut your­self away in­doors for the winter. Even out of season there’s noth­ing like a chang­ing se­quence of flow­ers to tempt you out­side. Witch hazel’s spi­dery yel­low flow­ers stand out well from bare branches. They have a lovely scent, though you need to get up close to ap­pre­ci­ate it. Red and or­ange­flow­ered va­ri­eties are also avail­able.

Although witch hazel is not gen­er­ally grown in con­tain­ers, I’ve kept one in a tub very suc­cess­fully for years, so I can move it up close to the house when it’s in flower. De­light­ful.

Not so well known is win­ter­sweet (chi­mo­nan­thus prae­cox), a shrub with fra­grant pale yel­low flow­ers dot­ted along bare branches.

It’s quite big, so best trained flat against a wall that gets rea­son­able sun. Put it some­where you’ll walk past fre­quently to reap the ben­e­fit.

Vibur­num ti­nus is an old favourite. In mid­win­ter its best fea­ture is its flower buds, which are grouped in tight clus­ters at the ends of the stems.

The va­ri­ety Eve Price is es­pe­cially at­trac­tive with red buds, while Gwen­l­lian has fairly bright pink buds.

Winter jas­mine is a favourite for grow­ing on trel­lis or on a fence, but it’s also bril­liant for train­ing up into a tree. It flow­ers even in shade so it’s of­ten used for a north-fac­ing wall.

The yel­low star-shaped flow­ers ap­pear on bare stems mak­ing them great for cut­ting. Put a few sprigs with ev­er­green fo­liage to make classy ar­range­ments.

Win­ter­flow­er­ing clema­tis (clema­tis cir­rhosa Freck­les) has large cream flow­ers half­way be­tween stars and bells. It needs to grow up a high trel­lis, through a tree or over an arch. It will keep flow­er­ing from now un­til late

March and is a great favourite with early bum­ble­bees.

When it comes to peren­ni­als, the choice is re­stricted. The Christ­mas rose is the ear­li­est of helle­bores to bloom with its large white flow­ers. Con­nois­seurs of­ten seek the va­ri­ety Pot­ter’s Wheel, which has even larger flow­ers.

The Christ­mas rose rarely flow­ers by De­cem­ber 25 un­less grown in pots and helped along un­der glass. Out­side, it’s usu­ally not in bloom un­til Jan­uary.

It’s worth cre­at­ing some mid-winter dis­plays all round the gar­den. Be­sides giv­ing a new di­men­sion to the ‘dead’ season it’s a per­fect ex­cuse to get out­side for a walk­a­bout, what­ever the weather.

Winter clema­tis is a great favourite with early bum­ble­bees...

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 ??  ?? Emma in Miu Miu for The Crown’s vir­tual pre­miere
Emma in Miu Miu for The Crown’s vir­tual pre­miere
 ??  ?? Emma Cor­rin on The Gra­ham Nor­ton Show
Emma Cor­rin on The Gra­ham Nor­ton Show
 ??  ?? Winter jas­mine
Winter jas­mine
 ??  ?? Witch hazel
Witch hazel

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