I had a peep at Cathy's blog, and I had not thought it would be worth my posting, but when I saw what she had posted I thought I should try, so went out into the garden. I was amazed at what I could cut, and putting them together is a record of how the weather has treated the garden here this year. Do go and see her arrangement this week.
Whereas yesterday it was bright and sunny, a lovely bonus especially as we had old friends visit for lunch, today it is rather murky and posed my arrangement in the conservatory, where the light would so much better than in the house for the photograph. I was just about to move the radio off the shelf..but saw that it gave the time and date...just so that I can compare this with post with posts from other years. Seeing the vase and the date: 20.11.2017 I will believe in the future, and remember this mild but wet autumn.
There's no doubt that Autumn is coming to an end. I am a bit of a weather watcher, loving clouds and the way many days and seasons are so variable. I would have said from my experience of previous years that Winter should be well on its way by now. Yet we still have bees and butterflies in the garden. We have had a couple of slight frosts...yet this new garden with its stone wall on one side seems to have its own micro climate, with nasturtiums still in leaf and flower.
Contents of small green glazed round vase: leaves of Mahonia Sweet Caress, Astrantia Major 'Sunningdale Variegated', two types of fuchsia, Wall flower Bowles Mauve, the lovely purple leaf and long flower spike is African Blue Basil I believe, a present from AlisonC, and some nasturtiums.
I remembered seeing the African Blue Basil at the Autumn Malvern Show in 2015, and adding it to my wish list then..., and wrote about it on my post! The plant been moved to spend the winter in the shed just by the window, but anytime soon it may have to come indoors if the temperatures start to drop too low.