bijoux opulence

For the last wedding of this season we picked buckets of decadent, plumptious flowers in shades of burgundy, cream and blush pink, along with lots of spilling foliages (jasmine and clematis tendrils; fruiting fig branches; lacy black elder leaves) for the wedding party to use for decorating their tables, and three big buckets of fragrant, silvery eucalyptus for twining up the bannisters.  Then we used more sumptuous blooms - roses, dahlias, chrysanthemums - to make up the bouquets, flower crowns, buttonholes and corsages.  Although every stem came from our walled garden, the finished flowers had a feeling of indoor decadence, dark and rich and heavy.  These are flowers for when the nights are drawing in, but without any kind of folksy reference to the oranges and yellows which are slowly taking over the landscape.