So many vibrant colours still around - love the summery abundance of cosmos (at last, after a very slow start), dahlias and salvias which bring bright and brilliant hues to the first bunch. I also adore the faded glories of hydrangea heads as they start to turn deep reds and greens as the colder weather comes along. As soon as I put this clustered head together with rosehips, I thought "I know just the vase for this" and I was right - a cut off classic beer bottle from St Peter's brewery formed the perfect container for this combination.
And then there were the Christmas roses. What a genius cup to set them off! If only deep red roses bloomed in my garden in December... I know what I'd be selling lots of come the festive season... I might just have to print this one out for Tuckshop Flowers Christmas cards!
Arranging flowers for this weekend's stall, I was also raging against the dying of the light. At 5 o'clock in the morning, it was pitch black and even with the house lights on, I could barely see what I was arranging on the outside table. (Evil plan to turn garage into flower studio goes up by one notch at this point). Swearing abounded until about 6.45am when the sun got switched on and made the world a better, lighter place.
When I returned from the market, I spotted a fabulous colour combination which had got left on the table. Inevitably, some blooms are too spoiled and tatty for the stall, so get shoved unsentimentally into the compost bin. But in my haste yesterday, I just shelved the rejects in a small vase and their colours leapt at me when I got home. Tatty or not, they are now on my kitchen window sill and I am inspired by this combination - not something I would necessarily have planned, but wow!