IN FULL BLOOM

Dur­ing this sea­son of abun­dance, take in­spi­ra­tion from na­ture’s berries, flow­ers and fo­liage to cre­ate a colour­ful dis­play

Country Living (UK) - - Contents - words and styling by bea an­drews pho­to­graphs by eva nemeth

Ex­pert advice on cre­at­ing your own sea­sonal flo­ral ar­range­ment

as the grow­ing sea­son comes to its fruition, our thoughts turn to pick­ing, gath­er­ing and mak­ing the most of na­ture’s bounty, while also re­flect­ing on our hard work through­out the year. With the tem­per­a­ture dropping and day­light hours short­en­ing, plant growth slows down. It is time to pause and ad­mire the full-blown glory of late sum­mer, and cel­e­brate the turn­ing of the sea­sons with an au­tumn project, cap­tur­ing the feel­ing of abun­dance now sur­round­ing us.

While the hedgerows are laden with bright, ripe berries and plenty of richly coloured fo­liage, it’s pos­si­ble to echo the var­ied shapes, colours and tex­tures of the land­scape in a flo­ral dis­play. Hawthorn and sloe berries, rose­hips, sor­bus, co­toneaster, vibur­num, ilex and pho­tinia, with their vari­a­tion of vibrant leaves and fruit, all suit this kind of treat­ment.

Un­ex­pected sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents from the gar­den or veg­etable plot, such as bolt­ing bras­sica plants, kale leaves, herbs, fruit and flow­ers, look great in au­tumn ar­range­ments. Many ed­i­bles are also very dec­o­ra­tive, mak­ing them ex­cel­lent mul­ti­pur­pose plants. One of my favourites in the veg­etable gar­den is red orach (Atriplex hort­en­sis rubra). Its young leaves can be added to sal­ads and, when ma­ture, it makes a tall ar­chi­tec­tural fo­liage plant with racemes of tiny flow­ers, of­ten used in floristry. Later in the year, its dry seed­pods also make an at­trac­tive fea­ture. Ferns, tawny grasses, dried flow­ers and seed heads will cre­ate a muted back­ground and won­der­fully off­set the rich reds and pur­ples of dahlias. See over­leaf for in­struc­tions on how to cre­ate an au­tumn wreath for your home.

FLO­RAL AR­RANGE­MENTS PART 2 Au­tumn

The rich tones of flow­ers and fo­liage at this time of year lend them­selves well to a sea­sonal dis­play. Hung up in­doors or out, the wreath high­lights au­tumn’s beauty

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