I made this informal bunch of flowers for a customer today, a real summer/autumn cross-over mix; mainly sedums, zinnias, anemones and cosmos.
A moody vaseful of dahlias, scabious and continus foliage, for our sitting-room also intimated the change of season.
Whilst I had been pottering about in the garden, picking the flowers, I couldn't help noticing how many of the flowers have quilted centres at this time of year. They look as though they are preparing for colder nights as well.
Well, you get the picture. Echinacea, heleniums, rudbeckias, dahlias and scabious all at once exhibiting their cosy, quilted centres. Looks like they are getting ready for bed, but they should have several more weeks of flowering to do before they are cut down and tucked up at the end of the growing season.
I am beginning to wonder, though, how long I can keep the garden in flower, and for how many more weeks Wild Acre can keep creating bunches and bouquets to sell. A week of heavy rain has hastened these feelings but it seems my mind has begun to move away from summer already...