Monday, 17 October 2011

Autumn colour

There's lots to be said about each of the four seasons, but I think that Autumn is probably my favourite. You usually still have some sun (though not as hot as it was a couple of weeks ago!) and the colours in the gardens and parks etc are quite wonderful. It doesn't even bother me that much if it's raining (as long as I'm not getting too wet) as the changes in light make different colours become more visible, e.g browns and greens. Sunlight highlights the reds and yellows. With all of this colour outside, I like to bring some of that inside through
Golden chrystanthemums
One of the best flowers at this time of year to show autumn colour is the chrysanthemum. They come in all sorts of colours, but for this time of year the reds, golds and yellows are perfect (I'm rather partial to the bright green ones in spring and summer).

The chrysanthemums pictured in this post are from Ian Forber's green grocers (at 116 Victoria Road, New Brighton), where he also sells a wide variety of plants for both indoors and out. His wife, Karen, has a great eye for flowers and colour and there's always something beautiful to buy in the shop, especially if they're leftovers from a bouquet commission, as these gold chrysanthemum were (they were for a golden wedding anniversary). They sell quite a lot of local flowers as well (cornflowers, wallflowers etc) that you can't buy from your local supermarket.
Creamy yellow chrystanthemums.
One of the advantages of going on holiday to Scotland in late August is the the autumn colour. Who needs to go to New England in the fall when you have whole forests and hillsides full of reds, yellows, browns etc?
Autumn colour in the garden of the Glengarry Castle Hotel
As George Eliot said "Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."

As well as the warm hues outside, I'm starting to move the house into it's winter colours. Away go the pink, pale green and yellow cushions and accessories, and out come the deep red and gold cushions, knitted throws are strategically placed for wrapping up when it gets a bit chill.

A hanging basket planted for autumn and winter colour (from Ian Forber greengrocers)
Do you make changes to they way your house looks when seasons change?


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