Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Change of mood
As the days become shorter the cutting garden completely changes in mood - the plants that will flower as soon as they are big enough, regardless of the day length, give way to flowers that are triggered by short days. Most of the half hardy annuals/tender perennials are in this category - rudbeckia, salvia patens, cosmos, and dahlias - flowers that typically have deeper richer colours and more velvety textures. Overnight it seems the garden becomes venetian in its colours, burnt oranges, deep pinks, and lapis lazuli blues.
In the photos here are the dahlia Karma Fusciana and a rudbeckia "Autumn hues".
I am working out today what I shall make for our stall at Drymen Show which is this Saturday- we use it really as a way of letting people know we exist, rather than as a selling opportunity as past experience shows that people do not buy flowers at shows (I have rarely had worse days than a Saturday spent at the BASC show last year where I stood all day and only sold 2 bunches of flowers - and both of those were to friends, so don't really count!). I am planning to use all these rich coloured flowers along with fruit to decorate candelabra - a table setting fit for a Venetian Doge.