harvest time

All around us farmers have been busy harvesting, and the fields are striped and neat.  Wasps, bees and flies swamp the blackberries on our east-facing wall.  Seed heads become interesting; grasses mature, hydrangeas burnish and leaves turn.  We pick lots of airy cosmos and mix it with gypsophila, snapdragons, zinnias and michaelmas daisies.  We harvest yellow-stemmed alder from our paddock and scarlet-berried rowan from the hedgerows to arrange for the funeral of a nature-loving man.  The dahlias flower proudly on.