November in the garden
This November has started with lovely mild weather and our gardens have continued to bloom with lots of colourful flowers. Our deciduous trees have continued to put on a wonderful show of autumnal colour and our woodland has become carpeted with leaves of all shapes and sizes. Mild days have been followed by some glorious sunsets and our lime tree drive looked stunning with all the yellow leaves falling like snow at the start of November.
We have lots of wildlife in our gardens and woods but were particularly delighted to have a swan visit our wildlife pond this month – we hope it finds a mate and makes Swanton Morley House it’s home too!
Flowers for weddings in November
November always brings to mind bonfires and fireworks so this month we decided to use our fire pit area and, together with our in house florist Penny, created some wonderful bright and fiery floral displays.
Using pink, orange and red chrysanthemums and dahlias, Penny created a large vase arrangement which was also packed with red dogwood stems, orange crocosima seed heads, copper beech leaves and red berries. These flowers and foliage which were grown in our gardens, were also used to create smaller arrangements in textured metallic vases. The warm look was completed with hanging garlands of flower heads and leaves, beautiful rich coloured rugs and cushions and even a hot chocolate pot.
Singing, toasting marshmallows or just chatting with friends over a glass of something sparkly, our fire pit area at the edge of our woodland, is a lovely chilled area and a great space for evening entertainment as part of any wedding reception.