Early October, just catching the last flush of roses and the few dahlias that we left before I cut them back.
Japanese anemones were still flowering, these are one of my favourite autumn flowers, and the verbascum’s had a second wind popping up spikes of pink petticoat flowers.
All of these mixed with autumnal tinged leaves and tiny hop vines plucked from the hedgerow made for a lavish and abundant rambling miniature garden, perfect for running down the centre of your dinner tables or sitting on the edge of your top table.
I wish you could smell this one.
This heady mixture of garden roses (Julia’s, Koko Loko, Margret M’s and some other dirty pink varieties) was created purely for me, I ate rainbow birthday cake and drank vintage Champagne with Christopher and my family around it. An early birthday treat before we headed to NYC to for my 30th.
I think I picked everything that was flowering, just incase it was all over when I came back, every single flower in this was grown here at Vervain.
I can hands down say this is one of my top five favourite things I have ever made.