Though it's been a warm October and I'm still waiting for frost, autumn's here, alright. I've been in the garden most of the afternoon, tromping rather listlessly from patch to patch, caught up in a cycle of starting and abandoning tasks, distracted all the time by moments of beauty, a raucous wind, and sporadic but heavy rain.
In my travels across the yard I'm seeing all kinds of bees and wasps and I'm very admiring of them. They work, work, work until the cold gums up their muscles, so that they lay nestled inside a cosmos bloom, or belly-flopped on a nasturtium blossom. I'm suddenly struck by the idea to dress up as a sleeping bumblebee for Halloween - and then I remember that the only Halloween costumes I've ever been good at are the ones that require a paragraph of explanation...
Hey, when did the cicadas stop buzzing?
To be honest, I can't wait for a hard frost to come. There's a long list of things to do to prepare for winter and next spring, and I can't help putting them off while there are still dahlias begging to be cut and arranged. How can I argue with the value of practicing and building my design portfolio? Plus, the prospect of rediscovering a big cache of pretty images over the winter is delicious, no? Like opening up a cupboard full of fruit jams - which I am also working on.
Aside from making jam (mostly for a select group of aunties who flatter me into making them more each year) the main jobs ahead include planting a thousand or so bulbs before the ground freezes, and setting up a webshop so I can sell my antique vases alongside the first annual Posy Gang calendar, which I am very proud of. Most excitingly, I'm already booking 2018 weddings!
So, even though I sometimes feel like I'm just walking around in a flowery dream, today I've gotta cultivate my focus and decisiveness if I'm to get everything done.
The day is slipping away and my sense of urgency intensifies. I put down my camera, dig out four clumps of a dahlia variety that I didn't end up liking (I will practice dividing tubers on them), and I tear out the whole scabiosa patch.
I feel better having done these things and head inside just as it gets too dark to see.
Talk to you after the frost,
October 7: market morning! Ours is a two-hatchback household, for good reason. The tent is up in the roof box which, to date, is our best curbside find ever :D
My lovely mama was my assistant this time around. We wore jean jackets without trying to match; if I wore glasses everyday I'd wear hers. Husby was essential too, but despite my best efforts I haven't been able to obtain his consent to publish his likeness on the internet, lol.
The best part about market was the surprise visits from friends and family, reuniting with Flower Friends, and getting to meet so many nice people! This smiling pair took away whole handfuls of my dried bouquets and northern sea oats to decorate the newly-opened restaurant Hello123. EEK! I can't wait to have supper at Hello 123.
And I got to meet Spring, a super talented photographer, who sent me a photo of my bunches of nasturtium, shoulder to shoulder. I can smell their perfume from here, can you? Mm, there's nothing better than leaning in, sniffing a flower, and finding that it actually has a scent. Anyway, go to Spring's website, cause she's really good at what she does.
Rachel sent me a picture of the cake she baked for Thanksgiving dinner. That frosting................ drool.
And THEN, Divya sends me this photo of her maple pecan loaf. Come ON! Divya's obviously multi-talented - check out her blog here.
The way to my heart is definitely through my stomach. And my eyes. We eat with our eyes!
Okay, I'll end with a slideshow (please sit tight - I want it to move about twice as fast as it does, but it won't!). So I was able to bring home a handful of mason jar arrangements leftover from the market. And exactly 7 days later, they still had so much life in them that I couldn't throw them out just yet. There was even a cosmos bud just about to open (white dot under the big yellow dahlia on the left). Yeah fresh cut flowers! So I made this for you. Enjoy <3
I am Allison, intrepid leader of Posy Gang. Let's have a conversation about flowers and weddings and small business and everything else! I'll start with my thoughts...