As the summer comes to an end we find ourselves in the golden, and flame hues of Autumn.
I love Autumn…I love it for all it’s deepness of colour, all it’s textures, the way you can smell the ends of summer. I love the collecting, the harvesting and the drying of natural materials. There are less flowers but what there is, is still plentiful and full. I love that there are seed heads, leaves, fruits and grasses and pops of flame coloured flowers to work alongside. I love the feasting of Autumn, the sharing out of what we have, the way the light and dark meet and everything shimmers. Flowers at this time of year remind us of what has been in the light, and prepares us for the darker days… they make a heart feel cosy. . .
We will continue to stock British, locally grown and ethically sourced flowers throughout Autumn, and below are some we might have in.. this is not the full list!
Here is another point of perfect balance on the journey through the Wheel of the Year, its counterpart being Ostara or the Spring Equinox.
Night and day are again of equal length and in perfect equilibrium – dark and light, masculine and feminine, inner and outer, in balance. But we are again on the cusp of transition and from now the year now begins to wane and from this moment darkness begins to defeat the light. The cycle of the natural world is moving towards completion, the Sun’s power is waning and from now on the nights grow longer and the days are shorter and cooler. The sap of trees returns back to their roots deep in the earth, changing the green of summer to the fire of autumn, to the flaming reds, oranges and golds. We are returning to the dark from whence we came..
I love making an autumn harvest altar abundant in leaves, twigs, flowers, hips, dried herbs, seed heads, candles, scent, that runs through from Sept to Nov, adding, taking away and layering to reflect all the nature around us but also keeping the light going into the dark. I like to share it, add foods to it, feast from it, and use it to focus my energies in preparation for winter…
Like most growing living things, British grown flowers are affected by the seasons, the weather, everything… and that’s what we love too… xxx