end of the summer

For the last two weeks we’ve been working hard to ensure that our last two weddings of the summer went off with a bang.  Firstly, to decorate an elegantly converted chicken barn – magically transformed with the addition of Georgian sash windows and liberal applications of white paint – our two super-florists, Jane and Jenny, created no less than 30 sumptuously pretty arrangements of sweet peas, ammi, frilly snapdragons and creamy  hydrangeas, to decorate the characterful beams above the tables.  This bank holiday weekend we’ve been filling jugs and jam jars with blooms in shades of purple, white and coral, the summer’s most popular shade.  Now in the garden there’s an autumnal feel in the air.  Apples ripen and fall plumply in our own garden at home, and at the Flower Garden the plums, pears and peaches are all nearly ready.  The damp drizzle and faint smokiness in the air suggest the beginning of autumn, and we are thinking about our winter work, and new plantings for next year.  However, there are still oodles of flowers, so the season can’t be quite over yet!