We are experiencing a rather extraordinary indian summer here in Normandy. The consequences are clear to see in the garden, as the flowers continue to bloom long beyond their normal deadlines, and I even have some self sown Nigella out in flower! Very strange.
So with the weekend just a few hours away I made the most of the flowers to put together some bouquets for the house. We have friends here for the weekend and flowers all around the house will make them feel more welcome.
Also while I was cutting for the bouquet, I laid out flower heads on a plain background, just for my records of what bloomed this year. It’s amazing how quickly we forget what did well and what was more disappointing.
This bouquet is rather large, with roses and dahlias taking centre stage, but with these strong autumn colours its easy to get carried away. I tried to add some height and width with some longer stems of japanese anemones, some salvia and a few rusty hydrangea leaves.
I only had a few roses, but they merit more attention than the loud dahlias, and I like to leave them where they can be seen alone, like this new David Austin on the side of the bouquet.
It only took about 10 minutes to pick and arrange the flowers, but it is the kind of quick fix that I love. Like anything creative we do, it’s amazing how much energy we get from a few minutes focussing on something beautiful.
I hope you’re heading for a lovely weekend, and that you’ll find a moment to do something you enjoy along the way.