Autumn seems to have arrived early doesn't it? August brought colder nights & so much rain. No wonder the swallows are lining up on the phone lines, getting ready for that morning when suddenly they vanish off to warmer climes.
But fortunately there'll be many mornings yet when I'm reminded of the beautiful John Keats poem 'To Autumn' (one of the few everyone seems to remember). While admiring dewy cobwebs on meadow grasses yesterday, backlit by the rising sun, his description of the 'Season of mellow fruitfulness...' was perfect. Here's hoping for a late 'Indian' summer bringing warmth & an opportunity to get on with autumn tasks.
The colour of the Cutting beds, & so of course all our bouquets & funeral flowers, are reflecting the changing season.Last month's abundance of Sweet Peas (we even sent stems to London to be presented to Princes William & Henry - a rather long story for another time) has reduced because of the cold nights. The bright pinks, purples & golds are coming to the fore with a dazzling firework display of colour.
And it's a busy time for growing; often we think of Autumn as the end of the gardening year - clearing up untidy stems of spent flowers & leaves to the compost heap, harvesting the bounty of apples, brambles & berries (many of which are finding their way into my arrangements just now...)
But it's the beginning of the gardening year too - a great time for sowing seed & planting bulbs, switching around planting combinations which didn't quite work & of course planning for glorious flowers next year.
We've begun tidying the workshop so I can offer short 'hands on' courses in floristry & growing skills. Our first will be in early December when we'll be making Christmas door wreaths & table flowers. Join me & you could be enjoying the most gorgeously decorated door for miles! Watch for an extra message from me in the next couple of weeks as I announce the dates & how to reserve your place.
As well as delivering bouquets, wedding & funeral flowers, I'll be bringing a selection of flowers to the Kirkcudbright Farmers Market on Sunday 24th September - do come & say 'hello' if you're visiting.
I hope your garden is bursting with bloom this month & you've been able to cut plenty of gorgeous blooms to bring inside. Below are a few pointers of tasks for your Cutting Garden in the month ahead;
Jobs for the Cutting Garden in September;
Rosie Gray of Galloway Flowers. Artisan Cut Flower Farmer & Florist near Castle Douglas, in South West Scotland