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.


Heather said...

Just this week we have noticed that the mornings and evenings are chilled. The this morning were condensed - you can feel autumn in the air. I love autumn but feel sad it seems to be coming so soon


Jane said...

It is strange isn't it - still very hot in the days but welly boot wet in the mornings. I am now beginning to think about Christmas products which seems very wierd.