Inspired by petals
I love October, the warmth of Autumn sun making the golden leaves sparkle, the trees abundant with apples and pears, the smell of woodsmoke in the air. Time to dig out the boots, gloves and bobble hats for the morning dog walk. It’s been such a wet month though, tempestuous rainy weather and wellies squelching through wet, sodden leaves. Not quite so reminiscent of seasons past.
The month has not been without colour though. Autumn roses, berries and rose-hips, zinnias, the last of the dahlias and sunflowers and the first of the chrysanthemums.
Time to light the candles and introduce them in to my still life images. I love these ceramic candle sticks from Amber @featherededgetableware
The month was all about creating content using Edith by David Austin Wedding Roses. A favourite of mine in shades of antique rose gold, peach and pink.
Adding elements from the garden, I loved putting this bouquet together.
Winter Flowers workshop
The start of November was all about the planning and preparation for a workshop with floral designer Leigh Chappell and still life photographer Jamie Jamison at Strawberry Hill House. Instagram bought Jamie and I together and for years we have chatted about creating a workshop together. It was so much fun to meet at a beautiful venue and share our knowledge with an amazing group of talented women with the same love of flowers and photography.
Using seasonal flowers and foraged foliage from the gardens, our attendees all created such beautiful, thoughtful arrangements full of movement and texture.
Mathilda Lundun created a gorgeous compact arrangement and chose to style it with her beautiful calligraphy. A perfect quote from Horace Walpole
I’ve just loved these Vienna copper chrysanthemums this month. Stunning in a Dutch Masters inspired display.
A beautiful gift
Ceramic artist Noe Kuremoto gifted me this stunning vase. I just love it displayed with all the lunaria I’ve been collecting from the garden.
A road trip
Jamie, her friend Schelly and I took a trip to Hove to visit the Igigi General Store. Such an inspiring homeware store and the perfect antidote to a vibrant month of warm colour. I immediately felt like coming home and covering everything in antique linen.
We stayed overnight in their Air bnb decorated with neutrals, French linens and natural elements. A breath of fresh air and inspiration just perfect before the madness of Christmas begins.