I was gardening yesterday for most of my free time, and will probably be doing the same again today. We are on heavy clay and I remember from previous years now given a few rainfalls in September, by the time one gets round to doing my editing tasks, the soil is dreadful to work on and not that hospitable for plants to get established before the Winter. I was going to cut back the Teucrium hircanicum and noticed how attractive the long flowering stems were even though they are mostly at the seed head stage. They formed the basis for my arrangement today.
Centre is a large head of a mophead Hydrangea with a few stems of Origanum laevigatum Herrenhausen at the back, and some pale pink frilly Dianthus superbus.
It is some time since I posted about the books I am reading. I've just finished a sensational thriller set in Cambridge and Antarctica. Some good twists, and great atmosphere. This was our recent WI reading group books. It has been renewed so that Mr S can read it, and a few pages in, last night he commented on how well it is written. I've not read any of Sharon Bolton's novel before, and I shall be looking out for more books by this author.