Prompted by the change of season over the last week, I wanted to create a picture for the Autumn workshop which I’m hosting with Anna ( @swallowsanddamsons ) in Sheffield on the 17th October…I’m so looking forward to it as I think it will probably feel like we’ll not only be working in a room full of Autumn with beautiful, flowers, foliage, fruit, veg and colours, but hopefully we’ll feel like we’re being part of the season too…a mellow blending of the senses with photography, arranging and food, just before the harsh snap of Winter appears.
The garden here is still looking lush, and there was beautiful calming, morning Autumnal light today…
I love the colours in the garden at the moment, which inspired today’s composition although I wasn’t anticipating that it would turn out as bright as it did… ( the hydrangea petals were the starting point today… ) …I love the patterns the early morning rain had made on the sage leaves… …and the blending of colour at the bottom of the garden the echium seedlings are doing well too, despite a caterpillar attack ( you can see what they looked like in May here ) and a yellow flower from my Mum’s garden back in June has begun to sprout and root in a jam jar of rain water… I also brought these little rogue seedlings back from Cornwall as I’m hoping to plant them on… …and some hollyhock seeds which I’d given up on have sprouted in the bicycle basket! …and the first massive spider of the season is making itself at home
So it was berries and colour I wanted to work with today…before I got dressed! I couldn’t quite find the right place in the arrangement for the beautiful marrow which Emma ( from @sewrecycled ) gave me from her allotment last night…but also couldn’t quite ignore it! ( if you’d like to read more about my latest workshop there’s a lovely piece about it on Sara-Jayne’s blog Keep Up With The Jones Family here with loads of really lovely images, as well as on my Workshps page here…and please feel free to e-mail me with any questions you may have )