The arrival of Autumn – thank goodness!
I’m talking vanilla lattes, dahlias, snowberries, layering of clothes (the shop isn’t warm you know) and my trusty Timberlands… Autumn is my season!
Yesterday I made a crumble – fresh apples, plums and blackberries straight from the hedgerows at home. It was so nice to get outside in the fresh air and late August sunshine. However I am sure the blackberries are earlier than ever this year! I’m sure I remember them as a back to school activity and not a Summer holiday one. Speaking of which how are the holidays nearly over? I hope all your little ones have enjoyed a break (from your teaching) and are looking forward to getting back to their friends at school, however that is going to happen this year.
It’s been such a strange year – I cannot believe September is upon us, yet it doesn’t feel like ten days since it was March and we went into lockdown. I’m not going to dwell on that though, as I’ve got my positive head on and am only looking forwards!
I love late August and early September, the colours start to change and all the charming Autumnal textures on the roadside make my heart sing! The teasals and reeds, the dried cow parsley with its gorgeous form and the sunrises as I drive to work – I love it.
As I was buying from our Flying Dutchman yesterday, I noticed a real change in the flowers. Gone were the soft pastels of summer and in were the rich shades of Autumn, bringing warmth and new textures to our work.
My Autumn favourites:
First up the humble chrysanthemum… I still vividly remember the smell of Mum and Dad’s workshop when chrysanthemum picking was in full swing. Gorgeous rusty oranges, rich reds and glorious golds, with the smattering of pink shades. These will remain a staple favourite of mine through the Autumn season and the vase life you get from them is weeks!
Then there are the dahlias, whether you like pompom varieties or spiky ones, the colour they bring to any design is glorious, although frustratingly shortlived, as there vase life isn’t great. They are a joy to see in gardens and I love nothing more than adding them into Autumnal wedding designs, especially the stunning Cafe au Lait variety – simply divine.
We’ve had hydrangeas in for a few weeks now, but the colour selection and their longevity is really coming through strong now. Hydrangeas are beautiful in a statement vase on their own, and you can even dry them out for your (uh-hum) Christmas wreath afterwards!
Then there’s all the berries, but my favourite is the snowberry (symphoricarpos), although it’s stems are heavy, there is nothing more beautiful than a branch full of perfect little spheres of pink or white!
Finally all the little things that are so beautiful right now: crocosmia, hypericum, echinops, clematis, physalis, sedum, cosmos and anigozanthus… I love them all!!
I’m off to collect that vanilla latte and dig my boot socks out now, just so I’m ready for that temperature change! Though I’m still hopeful for lush summer evening for a barbecue for my birthday in a few weeks time!
Have a great week,