Outside-in charts my attempts to bring the garden into the house with haphazard English Freestyle flower arranging.
The garden is in transition everywhere right now. Potato and pumpkin leaves are beginning to yellow and shrivel. Seed heads are becoming more prominent among the flowers. You can see, hear and smell that summer is waning.
But as the sweet peas succumb to the inevitable mildew, flowers from the daisy family are coming into their own.
Steve grew hoards of cosmos (Purity) from a pack of seeds that came free with one of his gardening mags. They add a welcome, refreshing splash of white to otherwise tired borders, and brighten up the house too. According to Sarah Raven, they will keep flowering until November if we’re lucky.
One of M’s sunflowers sprouted lots of smaller flowers on slender stems around the main head. I need a step-ladder to pick them. But they are really cheery and last for ages.
Steve loves dahlias, and has planted a dozen or so in pots and a sunny corner at the top of the garden. Once again, I have found myself coming to appreciate a plant that I thought I didn’t like. Some of them are a bit gaudy for my taste, but even the most glitzy ones are OK from a distance – they certainly make an eye-catching display. I’m sure I’ll be glad of them over the next couple of months when everything else starts dying down.