After dancing the day away at Dinder Hall yesterday, I was feeling too worn out after four to five hours of prancing around with complicated figures in Irish Set Dancing, to go out and pick flowers. I had also spent a few hours on Saturday baking for the Dancing session: Pistachio and Courgette Cake, and a fabulous Banana and Spelt Loaf Cake. In between all the dancing we have refreshments as well as lunch. Its pot luck, but with around twenty of us, not including the musicians, we manage a lovely spread. This has given me the idea to take some flowers next time for the tables. Cathy who hosts this meme has come up with a lovely 'Coffee and Cake' themed post and flowers, so do go and have a look, and see what others have come up with.
It had been raining all day and the flowers were bowed down when I arrived home. This morning both I and the garden and feeling a lot better....
A small arrangement of a few of the lovely fuchsias with some Japanese grass Hakonechloa Aureola, which is now in flower, but which I haven't really manged to capture with lighting. I have been surprised by the wide range of bees and bumble bees on the fuchsias this year, and it is quite sad to take a few blooms away from them.
Another grouping of autumnal character, which includes a bunch of purple grapes, not really seen except peeking down on the far left side, some asters from the front garden, more fuchsias, which have maroon leaves and finer flowers, some marjoram and both fruiting and flowering stems of Leycesteria.
I am cutting some bunches of grapes to leave on the ground for the blackbirds. After an absence of a few weeks, we have a group of about six around and about. Are they from one brood or have the migrating birds arrived yet?