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I have been a child of nature all my life. I remember running around in my grandmother’s garden, picking various blooms and arranging them in any bottle I could get hold of and displaying them .
I also love squashing the seed pods and watched the seeds all scatter on the ground which after a few weeks would transform into little plants in clumps. My grandmother never transplanted them in any way and so they grew into each other forming bushes which bloomed in abundance.
I was fascinated by it all, and now, whenever I go to the flower market and see the roses packed in wraps of twenty stems. I think of the garden where I spent hours picking and arranging the flowers.
Nowadays, working as a florist, I would arrange the flowers according to colour, texture and most of all, the seasons. There is nothing more enchanting than observing the seasons through the flowers available at the market these days, although increasingly, the ‘floral seasons’do get a bit muddled by the year round availability of certain blooms like tulips and peonies which are grown in countries which may be experiencing a different climate.
The anticipation of the first blooms of the season is not to be underestimated. The summer palette is bright and bold and when autumn comes round, the palette begins to get more subdued although colours can still be intense but muted. Burnt oranges and deep mauves encapsulates the mood and offers a whole new spectrum which includes various seedheads and berried branches. Pomegranates, persimmons, crab apples, rosehips and most of all, the prized chrysanthemum blooms all provide a new list of ingredients for more enchanting creations.
In the posts to come, I will be documenting the different types of foliage, flowers and miniaturised fruit and how autumn can be brought indoors paving the way for some warm shades and hues.
Join me on an autumnal walk in the woods!