September in the garden
This September has brought misty mornings, warm days and the first hints of autumn as the leaves on the trees start to change into their glorious autumnal colours. Our borders are still full of colourful displays provided by echinacea, rudbeckia and heleniums to name just a few of the beautiful plants which provide late summer colour in our gardens. The blue agapanthus, which we have planted in many terracotta pots, have also put on a fantastic show this month and these striking flowers really add to the Mediterranean feel of our gravel garden and terrace.
Our fruit trees have also been bursting with apples and pears again adding to the mellow early autumn feel that our gardens have now taken on. With warm sunny days being followed by some beautiful sunsets, September in the garden really has been a fantastic place to be!
Flowers for weddings in September
Our dahlias have stolen the show this month and have been flowering non-stop in many beautiful colours from whites, creams and pale pinks to bright magentas, oranges and dark reds. This intricate flower has had a bit of a rival recently and as it is available in so many colours, shapes and sizes is perfect as cut flower for weddings and can be used in bridal bouquets, centrepieces and boutonnières.
This month our in-house florist, Penny from Crown House Flowers used dahlias to create two stunning arrangements for our sofa room. The first arrangement included a beautifully blousy rich cream dahlia (Cafe au Lait) and cream roses and was finished with sage green and variegated foliage. The second arrangement included a sumptuous dark red cactus dahlia (Rip City) and the tassel-like green and red amaranthus, ferns, fuchsia and echinacea for a rich opulent feel.
All the flowers and foliage used in these arrangements were grown in our gardens and we think that they make wonderful arrangements for weddings in September.