Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Autumn Flowers

The house seems to have been full of flowers this week. On Sunday we took mother in law to the annual dahlia show at a lovely garden centre nestled between thatched cottages in a pretty village in the east of Northamptonshire. We regularly go to the garden centre because it is so much nicer than a lot of the well known ones we have locally that are the same wherever you go in the country. This year we arrived towards the end of the dahlia show and my mother in law was given an arm full of dahlias once they started dismantling the arrangements.
I have never particularly been a fan of dahlias but after living with these for a week I think I have been converted. They are so cheerful and such fascinating shapes and forms I can really see why people love them. We also have a lot of different varieties of sunflowers in the garden and they really cheer me up too. I love the colours of a lot of the flowers this time of year particularly all of the heather colours. The Autumn pots are now planted following our visit to the garden centre, I really like the purple ornamental cabbages I have used with pansies and ivy.
The house is in chaos this week as we are in the middle of decorating the hall stairs and landing and work is also pretty demanding. I am doing a stall at our local antiques and collectables fair with Debbie on Saturday so at some point between now and then I have the mammoth job of getting all my stuff ready ! Oh well, back to work.


Mummy Boo Bear said...

What cheerful and pretty flowers! Sounds like you need them to keep you smiling in such busy times.

Sunflowers are always very smiley flowers I think. And I love the full oness of the dahlias. Real natural eye candy.


Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

You know it's funny but I too was never a great fan of dalhias, in fact I really didn't like them. I am not quite sure whenI began liking them but it was fairly recently I think. Now I love them!
Beautiful post!
Isabelle x

funkymonkey said...

I love dahlias. They always remind me of my grandad who grew them in his garden next to the old Anderson shelter. The only nasty thing about them is that they do tend to make nice homes for earwigs!


Annie @ Birdcages n Butterflies x said...

They look beautiful hun!! Good luck for your Antiques and collecters fair on Saturday!! Make sure you take lots of pics!!
Annie x

MelMel said...

Such stunning flowers, I love this time of year, we are going to watch the Rut at Dunham this weekend....YAY!x

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

I know exactly what you mean about Dahlia's - I always thought of them as an old persons flower but now that I am getting older I too can appreciate their beauty...what does that say about me. Wonderful array of colours and lovely pics. Good luck with the decorating
Debbie said...

What beautiful flowers, and dont they cheer us up? ! Suzie. x